Ask Julien O'neill how Warbly Jets fits into LA's music scene and he'll have a simple answer for you: they don't. They exist out there in the ether—caught somewhere in between yesterday and today, where massive rock 'n' roll melodies brush up against skittish breakbeats, swoon-worthy strings, and laser-guided synth lines.
However despite a lack of allegiance to any sound or place, since the release of their debut single "Alive" the four piece has grown explosively in the City of Angels and has many calling them one of the most exciting rock projects from Los Angeles in sometime; garnering attention from the likes of KROQ, KLOS, LA Weekly, LA Record, Indie Shuffle, and many more.?
"A lot of LA bands are hung up on what used to be," explains O'neill, "and refuse to realize how forward-thinking music can be when you embrace modernity.” And while still just as at home on a vinyl release or on a massive stage as any other beloved group of yore, this is a also a rock band made for 2017 and beyond. They've gathered fashion campaigns for the likes of Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green line and climbed the charts of Spotify, VEVO, and Apple Music, where Beats 1 DJ Matt Wilkinson played them regularly and noted "it's gutsy, melodic and catchy-as-hell.”?
As the buzz grew and the fans gathered, the group also netted a national tour with New York breakouts the Mystery Lights and some sonically appropriate shows with the iconic Dandy Warhols. All of which led to heavy rotation on Sirius XMU while many other significant peer LA acts supported the group each Monday?this past January to unheard of residency crowds at Silver Lake springboard venue, The Satellite.
Through their initial offerings of a band on the rise, the Jets succeeded in garnering the ears and stares alike of the biggest major labels aiming to pluck the members from obscurity and stash them into their parasitic canon of hoodoo witchery. From months of back and forth to email threads and chat windows, the band were left with a sullen distaste confirming all of the wicked ways corporate lackeys attempt to sidetrack or discredit you with their head games and time twisters. Written initially by O’neill, “The Lowdown” sat idly by in the song bank until the band finally knew what the song was to be about. The result, the group says, is meant to be a "call out" to the music business at large - a rigged game that recognizes streaming numbers more than ingenuity or talent.
"Where’s the money at? Let’s go/Don’t you wanna energize/You’re paralyzed" Shea sings to the suits with playful antagonism. But in chorus fashion he continues "It seems like you know my name/Are you down for the game?/I hope that you’re here for your man/What you can’t get I can” with a confidence that belies a band who knows they are out for blood. Which is all to say that Warbly Jets got here by themselves and they aren't gonna wait anyone to give them the green light. So if you want to take the ride, you better catch them now because they certainly aren't looking back.
Warbly Jets new single "The Lowdown" is streaming now.