The Jai-Alai Savant
Chicago-by-way-of-Philly trio The Jai-Alai Savant (pronounced hi-a-lie- sa-vant) have been active since 2002. Their list of influences are vast and their sound eclectic, but it's their reggae-slanted post-punk roots that take the foreground in the most recent music of the band. Their genre-bending pop compositions coupled with an obvious love of bass culture have drawn comparisons to everyone from The Clash to The Police, Trenchmouth and Fugazi. Groove-oriented and accessible yet still engaging and challenging to the idea of what punk-derivative music should sound like is what makes The Jai-Alai Savant a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale and hype-driven world of independent rock music.