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 out of in Los Angeles in sometime; garnering attention from the likes of KROQ, 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.
"I love all the people here," adds singer/guitarist Samuel Shea. "That being said, I'm not a big fan of the '60s psych resurgence happening in LA right now. Our goal has always been to blend our influences from the past with today's technology instead of just recreating guitar music that was perfected by countless bands five decades ago. This hasn’t necessarily given us the most obvious fast track, but we never gave a damn about being a scene band when we moved here anyway."?
“There were quite a few moments of slogging through shit” says O'neill, "but there were also some very lucky breaks in the end." Chief among them: the additions of Justin Goings on drums and Dan Gerbang on bass. The two virtuoso players have really helped take the band to the next level on stage and in the studio, but the band is also aware that not all breaks are lucky.
Written initially by O'neill while Shea was on the mend, he was perhaps even more excited than O'neill about what he heard back in LA. Adding guitars, vocals, and other melodies for months, the result is a snarling and loping anthem which the group says is meant to be a "call out" to the music business at large. Students of the game, the Jets have been frustrated by what they see as the big labels putting out heartless "rock" music these days, all the while wooing them and their friends bands with promises of a classic rock attitude and big money flourishes with little actual commitment.
"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 on the verge. 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.
Produced by Samuel Shea
Mixed By Claudius Mittendorfer
Mastered by Dan Gerbang
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