Lightning Bolt - Jake Bugg

from the album Jake Bugg (2013)

I have always paid attention to how the first sentence of a great novel is often great.  It is also true that the first track on a great band's first record is often great.  These songs tend to make definitive opening statements, saying to the world: "Here we are. Take Notice."  Some of my favorite examples include:

Blitzkrieg Bop - The Ramones
Break On Thru - The Doors
Running With The Devil - Van Halen
Janie Jones - The Clash
Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin

So when I heard Lightning Bolt, the lead song off this nineteen year-old Brit's debut album, I took notice.  It has a fresh, raw, folked-up rockabilly vibe.  I dig how the song captures a sound that you might classify as "Eddie Cochran meets a young Bob Dylan."

I dig the declaratively strummed guitar chords introducing the artist. Enter his voice with:

Morning.  It's another pure grey morning
Don't know what today is holding
And I get uptight
When I walk right into the path of a lightning bolt

Once the band kicks in, you are treated to a ramblin' rockabilly beat and screamin' guitar lead all anchored by the rhythm guitar and vocal line.  I dig it.

Not to hang any big expectations on Jake Bugg, but he sure knows how to bust out of the gate.

Click Here for the official music video.

Click Here for a live performance on Jools Holland Live