Jina is a punk/grunge rock band from Lyon, France, formed by Jeane (vocals/guitar) and Clem (guitar) in 2006. They are joined, currently, by Reno (bass) and Anthony (drums). Jina cites as influences Nirvana, Hole, PJ Harvey, The Distillers, Spinerette, Rancid, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Kills, The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Joan Jett among others. But, the most obvious influence is The Distillers. However, any female singer with a gravelly voice in a punk or punk-influenced rock band like Jeane, or Lisa (Stranglehold), or Renee (Fit For Rivals/The Explicits), will inevitable be compared to Brody Dalle and The Distillers. But, that’s cool because I love bands that wear that influence out loud and unashamed. Jina plays rock that is “aggressive and sensual,” they say, and “sincere and instinctive, near grunge and punk.” Oh, and Jeane sings entirely in English with only a slight accent.
Jina‘s debut EP, Deal me, was released in 2010, but I can’t find it anywhere. However, their latest 6-song EP, Call the Doctor, released in 2013, is available everywhere. Call the Doctor is an impressive, but way too short, collection of grungy melodic punk/rock. The Distillers, obviously, and Nirvana are meshed together creating Jina‘s own distinctive sound. My favorite tracks are “Bloody Tale” and “Deal Me”. Both are epic, passionate ballads. “Bloody Tale” is powerfully melodic, and visceral, driven by Jeane’s harsh rasp. “Deal Me” starts soft, slowly smouldering, then catches fire, bursting into flames, emitting intense heat to the end. Did I just write that!? “Kill You Again” is a Nirvana-esque rocker which ends in a minute and a half of joyous guitar noise, kind of like an abridged version of The Distillers‘ “Deathsex”. The other three tracks (“Mrs. Boy”, “Heartbreaker” and “I Kiss You”) are all cool, too. This EP makes me want that first EP even more!
Watch Jina perform “I Don’t Know” live @ Les Studios de La Ruche here:
2010 – Deal me [EP]
2013 – Call the Doctor [EP]