"One of the thoughts on this album is that great songs are geared toward listening, geared toward the radio, peoples' Pandora stations, etc.," Jager said. "It's a bigger opportunity to just capitalize on the sound first, make a great song, make a great album and follow it up with a great show." Jager said he was also disappointed when he heard Rude Punch's previous albums right after other bands. "Why does ours sound like half the volume's taken out and it was recorded in somebody's basement?," he asked. "We wanted our album to sound like all of our favorites." Cobb gave the band a chance to take its time recording the album. "The last two albums that we did, we were under a time crunch and a rush," Tucker said. "It did take a long time to record this, but it was worth it."
"Lovers Rock" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Dustin Cobb at Joy Avenue Media. "We've spent the most time on this one", says Jager. They felt that they were under-educated in the recording process when they started out with both of their earlier albums. "it turned out raw," says Tucker, "which was what we thought we wanted at the time." After they sat on that for a while, they decided on a more refined process for their third CD. "This time," explains Jager, "we spent time on the tones and sound so it wasn't just a splatter of the songs on tape." They spent time layering different parts and brought in other musicians and instruments to add depth. Guest musicians included: Dustin Cobb on percussion, Nick Vasquez on keyboards, Erin Moore with vocals and Evan White on saxophone.
“And after six tracks of pretty straight reggae rock, the band lets loose with a one-two punch of songs that build on the base without being beholden to it. “Bring Me to Life,” lyrically, is a diatribe against music not played on traditional band instruments (“I’ll pull the plug on this PA and you’ll see / That silent computer and a no-talent DJ”), yet the break sells it – starting in the vein of the Police before a full-on rock assault. And “Payment,” as on Killin’ It, is a superlative melding of reggae and jam rock – lean in its infectious, muscular groove and tight and patient in its eloquent bridge, with sharp punctuation in the chorus.Lovers Rock is wholly effective, but it soars when Rude Punch – on the final two songs – broadens its palette.”
“All of Lovers Rock’s eight tracks are compelling, and clocking in at less than 33 minutes, the album breezes past with plentiful pleasures – with impeccable grooves, playfulness in the production, smart sequencing, and just enough detours from reggae.Opener “1993” is loaded with two-decades-old references – and is about recording songs on cassette from the radio – yet Jager’s vocals have a keening immediacy, helping the song transcend nostalgia; he seems to be channeling the heightened emotions of a kid. The track’s subtle sitar-y flourish is a great little touch. The ska-like horns of “Contact” bring the band from the early 1990s to the middle of that decade, but the song is no pastiche; the expert chorus has timeless pop appeal. And that’s the real draw of Rude Punch’s new album.”
“...Sounding tight and well-rehearsed, the band played a smoking set on November 17th, opening for Chicago Afrobeat Project at the Redstone Room. In front of a packed house, the band delivered at least a half a dozen original songs, as well as a cover of Sublime's "Santeria" that showcased Jager's uncanny vocal resemblance to that band's late singer, Bradley Nowell......”
“Rude Punch is a Davenport-based band that spikes it's punch with a good dose of Reggae Music. Bands like Sublime and 311 are among the influences of the band which formed 6 months ago from 3/4 of the band "Seed". "We want to give them something that's totally new and what we want" Jager said. "so many bands are trying to be this or that to please somebody, but we're going to be what we want."”