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I spotted this guy a few times as the night went on; he was wandering around in his lingerie, mingling and acting kind of zany but not really talking. I figured he was insane, homeless, or on drugs and didn't really think much else of it. But when I looked to the stage as French quartet Jack of Heart was setting up, I realized that he was the lead singer. He wasn't crazy—he was just French!
The singer's persona fit the band's bizarre sound perfectly. Jack of Heart plays jumpy, disjointed garage rock with a heavy dose of far-out psychedelia. Today's 12 O'Clock Track,"Marry Me" sounds like a tune from the Syd Barrett solo catalog transformed into something upbeat and fun: it's super damaged and really weird, but it'll still make you smile and dance.
The song is from this year's In Yer Mouth, available via Born Bad Records. Jack of Heart will be in town on Sat 10/6, playing Reggie's Rock Club with Tav Falco and the Cheater Slicks.