Review by Glen Parkes
Jack J Hutchinson’s latest single, “Bullets,” is an electrifying testament to his musical prowess and storytelling finesse. Released as a precursor to his eagerly awaited ‘Battles’ album, this track is a forceful blend of raw energy and poignant introspection.
Musically, “Bullets” is a melting pot of influences skillfully blended together. Hutchinson’s vision of a riff reminiscent of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ with a unique twist brings forth a vibrant fusion of Mancunian roots and 80s hard rock vibes. The result is a heady mix of euphoria and intensity that courses through the track, culminating in a guitar solo that echoes a harmonious amalgamation of Van Halen and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The collaboration with Josiah Manning, both in writing and production, demonstrates a seamless synergy that elevates the song’s sonic richness.
The guitar solo is a standout moment, showcasing Hutchinson’s virtuosity and the collaborative brilliance of producer and co-writer Josiah Manning. Their blend of influences—mixing the spirit of Van Halen with Stevie Ray Vaughan—results in an exhilarating sonic journey that elevates the track’s intensity.
The music video, directed by Kris Barras, pays homage to the iconic film Bullitt, featuring the legendary Ford Mustang from the exhilarating car chase scene. Hutchinson’s excitement for the video is palpable, and the visual homage adds another layer of nostalgia and vigour to the track’s narrative. As fans eagerly anticipate the release of the full ‘Battles’ album, “Bullets” serves as a compelling glimpse into Hutchinson’s artistic depth and prowess. It’s a testament to his ability to craft music that not only captivates but also resonates deeply with its listeners, offering a powerful blend of introspection, electrifying soundscapes, and unwavering passion.