Known for his success as the frontman of Australian Pop Punk band Catnip Kaiser, Jack G McDonald has taken a step back to experiment with his own solo pursuits. He steps up to the plate on October 22 with his debut single, ‘Embrace Me’, produced by Buttsy Clark and written by Jayden Lehmann and Jack himself. The single will be followed up by the artist’s debut album, which will feature influences from blues, hard rock, glam metal, country and punk. “’Embrace Me’ is a pop-punk anthem which focuses on the mental thoughts of the current generation and also how the COVID-19 Pandemic has affected our way of life,” explained Jack.
Whether you’re a fan of Jack G McDonald, or looking for something new to listen to, ‘Embrace Me’, the first solo single released by Jack, is an impressive blend of head-banging production, driving rhythm, abrasive guitar riffs, and soaring vocals.
Jack has a resonant, melodic voice that he can strain into a grunt or a rasp, and contorts into a chant in the grand tradition of 2000s-era pop-punk and alt-rock bands. The music sounds more like a collision of trend and nostalgia, birthed out of Jack G McDonald’s skillset.
And if Jack G McDonald’s makes new strides in his vocal range, the backing band was able to jam out and create crunching riffs on guitar, absolutely kill it on bass throughout the track, while drummer elevates the arrangement in a new way that it explodes into euphoria.
The song is incredibly upbeat in nature and has a set of stunningly intense apexes along the way. The song immediately hooks the listener in and demands it holds attention throughout the entire thing.
Vocals, guitar, bass and drums all have their individual moments in the song but come together in an amazing way, led by the electrifying power surge of Jack G McDonald’s voice, which knows no bounds.
There are times when he’s very close to the classic pop-punk scream, but it’s all done so tastefully and doesn’t take away from the song, but rather adds to it, in a meaningful, heartfelt way. Jack’s performance was so much more than expected, and there are surprises all throughout ‘Embrace Me’.
This song captures Jack G McDonald’s youthful energy towards pop punk ever so effortlessly, whilst also rejuvenating new life into an edgier rock version of the genre. ‘Embrace Me’ is going to sit at the top of many fans’ favorite songs list, and will be a holistic standing ovation at future live shows.
‘Embrace Me’ is both an aggressive but melodic sounding tune, with a catchy and vocally impressive verse and chorus formula, as well as being a powerful instrumental throughout.
Striking a chord with powerful lyrics, and a monumental voice, Jack G McDonald rises above the bombast, and into the spotlight, on ‘Embrace Me’. The world might still be bleak, but Jack is shining the light at the end of the tunnel. The combined result is dynamic and boisterous, and practically begs for the roar of a sold-out venue. It really doesn’t get much better than this.