Judge, The - Tell It To The Judge (CD)
Catalog number: RIPCD072
"There were loads of things to like about The Judge when they emerged with last year’s brilliant debut. There was the fact they were from Granite City, Illinois (which was as we remarked at the time so much cooler than Olton, Solihull, where MV lives) Then there was the music.
The term “retro rock” seems to be used to allow boring bands like Rival Sons an excuse to be boring, nonetheless The Judge will get lumped in with that. Thing is, with them its totally natural. Nothing seems forced or thought out here, rather it’s just two friends Dylan Jarrett and Evan Anderson (who formed the band) and singer Tyler Swope playing the music they love."
- Maximum Volume Music
Originally formed in 2010 by long-time friends Dylan Jarrett and Evan Anderson, The Judge is a hard rock quartet of impeccable vintage, formed in the fittingly named stronghold of Granite City, Illinois.
After the band’s initial incarnation as Unfallen – with Jarrett on guitar and Anderson on drums – the duo quickly became a trio for a period, touring music venues across the St. Louis area with new member Kevin Jones taking up bass and vocal duties. Increasingly influenced by the Britannic rock majesty of groups such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, and with it that unshakeable ‘band of brothers’ mentality’, in 2013 the trio finally discovered the missing piece of a puzzle with the addition of their very own enigmatic front man, Tyler Swope.
As a criminally young quartet happily graduating from the riffs of old, Jarrett and Anderson started to uncover a new wave of hard rock acts occupying radio waves and record store shelves. Music by the likes of Graveyard and Kadavar helped inspire The Judge to develop their own special breed of slow burning psychedelia and sonic stew of traditional classic rock’n’roll and heavy backroom blues, the results of which can be heard on their brand-new studio album Tell It To The Judge, which follows on from the release of last year’s acclaimed self-titled debut and first for Ripple Music.