Album Review: According to Jack – Reason to Exist


With his first EP, the solo project of acoustic punk purveyor Giacomo Rampazzo, aka According to Jack, shows his roots with a stripped back set of tracks that nod to his idols of the punk past.

From the 90’s, skate-fueled iteration of the genre to the more hook-laced early-00’s vibes, Reason to Exist offers catharsis and nostalgia while executing a set of tracks that disarm with unequivocal honesty.

Rampazzo tells tales of loss, the carefree abandon of youth, and uncertainty about the future but manages to do so in a way that will both ring true with listeners and also give an insight into what inspired the Northern Italy act to make music.

The title track evokes traces of Nimrod-era Green Day, with its impression of light-hearted melancholy as Rampazzo questions his ability to adequately tackle the future and growing up.

On “The Best I’ve Never Had” and “Bunch of Stupid Songs,” According to Jack gets real with his feelings of inadequacy, the intimacy of the acoustic guitar and vocal duo cementing the accessibility, whilst Rampazzo wears his heart firmly on his sleeve.

While “Carry The Burden” tackles the depth of loss and regret, “Three Cheers for The Good Times” strikes a more celebratory note. On the closer Rampazzo whips out some more rock n roll/Americana influenced stylings, signing off stylishly.

According to Jack’s debut EP is a charming and hook-lined first attempt. While a wholly acoustic EP very much sets your ceiling sonically, Rampazzo’s storytelling and candour help the listener jump headfirst into his stories; those looking for an acoustic punk artist to get behind this summer have come to the right place.

Photo courtesy of According to Jack

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