Never judge a book by its cover, but in Jaded’s case the initial assumptions prove correct – Under Autumn Shade is mournful, contemplative and fuelled by forlorn emotion. Opener Hollow is the perfect mood-setter for the four-track record – grubby but tuneful, it deals in melodic shards that pierce the listener directly in the aorta. It doesn’t even last two minutes, but within its brevity is a depth and diction that lingers long in the memory. “I’ll still keep you with me,” they sigh.
Before you have chance to digest what’s come, the emotionally-charged Nettles crinkles into view, powered by an introspective guitar motif and some barnstorming drum work. Once again, the lyrical matter is subdued as they rally against the unwavering, interminable sting of loves lost and loathed. Musically, Jaded take their inspirations from the jagged edges of emo-rock, bringing in The Promise Ring’s melodic sensibilities with Brand New’s volatility and The Xcerts’ emotional resonance.
While they implore us to “take my pain away” on the chugging lament of Valerian, without such devastating hurt and anguish, we wouldn’t have received such a strikingly good compendium. One band’s pain is another listener’s pleasure, and Under Autumn Shade’s self-lacerations serve as a highly satisfying collection of youthful love at its most brutal.