They’ve already been the new Oasis, the new Stones,
and drawn comparisons with more bands than people have
record collections. They wear their influences on their
sleeve, their hearts at the bottom of a bottle and have
got enough machismo to believe they can fill the mantle
of some of rocks older contemporaries. And why not?
Debut album ‘Get Born’ has hit a million sales worldwide,
and of the current crop of Aussie/Kiwi exports, they
seem to have given obscurity that no one knows it’s
last whereabouts. The Datsuns went into hiding after
their shimmying, tight trousered, self titled debut
and The D4’s garage rock got them well, no one really
knows where. Probably hiding out with obscurity. With
recording due to start in September on their second
album, 2004 is looking just as much of a smooth ride
Not many bands can claim touring with the Rolling Stones
before playing the Barfly. Yes in that order. So via
Belgium and a boat, an intimate acoustic showcase at
the Oxford Street Virgin Megastore, that is fast becoming
a mecca for these mini live events. Didn’t the Stones
play there once....?
After discussing the finer points of film with Chris
and Cam, notably Kirsten Dunst upside down in the rain
throughout, Chris playing the bad guy himself, Daniel
Day-Lewis being hired to fix Cam’s shoes, and a mutual
admiration for Scarlet Johansson, but not in the conventional
sense. An impromptu duet and probably some Dutch courage,
Jet take to the stage, relaxed and all smiles. Chris,
a reincarnation of The Muppets drummer Animal, is the
all singing, all drumming, blue-eyed boy from the back.
In a set that sees them work through ‘Look What You’ve
Done’, ‘Move On’ and ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’, it’s
probably as about as polite and unassuming as you’ll
ever see them. For a band who pride themselves on being
live and loud they show that they can do rock n roll
As Mark confesses, on behalf of the band, to ‘never
doing an acoustic show like this before - so it could
be really shit’, is pretty of the mark. It was a gig
with no posturing, a sense of fun but lacking the ‘fuck
em’ attitude that ultimately led to it lacking a punch.
Hello. Sensitivity? Was that you creeping out of the
hard-nosed rock n roll exterior? Keith Richards would
be turning in his grave, if he ever fucking gets there
that is. They may still be a one trick rock n roll pony,
but maybe this one can be taught to roll over as well.
'Get Born' - Limited Edition + DVD is set for release
on March 15, 2004 .
Sherief Younis for Crud Magazine 2004©