Jinx Lennon has decided to “do a Radiohead”, and give away his latest album, a collection of unreleased songs recorded between 2007 and 2010: Hungry Bastard Hibernia for free. Lennon is the epitome of the DIY one man act, who refuses to sit around and mope about the demise of record companies, and get what is important out there to his fans: the songs.
Each track on Hungry Bastard Hibernia flows like a lengthy poem or short story. Take the opening line of ‘Anything For The Flies’: “Three cousins, 4,5,6 years of age, in our aunt’s black Morris Minor, smell of nicotine and perfume stains, but in summer time, oh boy, anything for the flies”.
Lennon’s lyrics aren’t afraid to take on hard subject matter either, in the eerie, ‘Probably Better Off’, the listener is dropped into a summer’s evening on a bridge where a young man is about to commit suicide, Lennon’s omniscient voice recites steadily over a swirl of shattering noises. In the wonderful cabaret style, ‘The Perfectly Formed Stars Of Mullingar’, Lennon declares honestly: “Maybe I don’t understand every song I sing about”.
One of Lennon’s greatest attributes as a songwriter is when he cracks a song that revels in repetition, ‘At War With Pornography’, being a perfect example of this, with its rockabilly acoustic guitar providing the rhythm for Lennon to let rip with his masterful lyrics. Perhaps the most powerful tune on the album, is the short lived, ‘Noisemaker’, at just 1:47, where Lennon gets progressively louder behind the flex of an acoustic guitar.
Lennon may be the closest Ireland has to producing an urban poet with the credibility somewhere in the league of Mark E. Smith or John Cooper Clarke. This album is free for Christ sake, download it now.