Published on July 26th, 2017 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson0
Warbly Jets to release self-titled debut album on Oct 20th
Ask synth player 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. Warbly Jets will release its self-titled debut album on October 20 via Rebel Union Recordings and the album is available for pre-order at PledgeMusic and iTunes.
Despite a lack of allegiance to any sound or place, since the release of their debut single “Alive” and the slithering music industry indictment “The Lowdown” the four piece has grown explosively and earned praise from Brooklyn Vegan, Indie Shuffle, Self-Titled, Live FAST, KROQ, 91X and LA Weekly and climbed the charts of Spotify, VEVO and Apple Music. Today, Flaunt debuts the third album track with “4th Coming Bomb”, a cacophony of melody where each instrument holds it’s own hook while their rhythms mash together in demented ways.
“The music mirrors the message,” says the band. We’re all trying to live and breathe in this world at the same time, not noticing if we’re hurting or helping one another. It works for now, but might explode at any second.”
The lyrics were inspired by singer/guitarist Samual Shea’s favorite quotes by writer Eugene Bell, “Aspire to inspire before you expire.”
“This quote always shaped that way I create music,” he says. “I hope that as an artist I can leave a lasting impression and inspire the creatives of our future even after i’m no longer around.”
Listen & Share: Warbly Jets “The Lowdown”
Warbly Jets Tour Dates:
July 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre
July 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Diabolical Records
July 30 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
Aug 02 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
Aug 03 – Rock Island, IL – RIBCO
Aug 04 – Appleton, WI – Mile of Music
Aug 05 – Appleton, WI – Mile of Music
Aug 06 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
Aug 08 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
Aug 09 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
Aug 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Aug 11 – Washington, DC – DC9
Aug 13 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
Aug 15 – Nashville, TN – The Basement
Aug 16 – Austin, TX – The Sidewinder
Aug 19 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
Aug 20 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
Sep 05 – London, UK – The Shacklewell Arms
Sep 08 – Paris, FR – Supersonic
Sep 12 – London, UK – The Shacklewell Arms
Sep 14 – Leeds, UK – Lending Rooms
Sep 17 – Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen
Sep 19 – London, UK – The Shacklewell Arms
Sep 25 – London, UK – The Shacklewell Arms
Oct 07 – Indianapolis, IN – Fountain Square Music Fest
Their synth-driven guitar rock is a genre-bending blend of The Clash punk balladry, Primal Scream’s production infused meltdown, and the unflinching attitude of Oasis at its peak. It has catapulted them to the top of a booming independent movement in LA, where paisley, punk, and electronic influences have melted together in the endemic sunshine to become one of the nation’s most fertile scenes for emerging projects across a variety of disciplines.
Warbly Jets started in the cramped apartments of New York City and its other limiting environmental factors as the songwriting project of O’Neill and Shea. The two quickly decamped to the sunnier, sprawling climes southern California where they began to flesh out the songs that would eventually give life to their debut. “Los Angeles in my opinion was a much more welcoming city than New York City ever was for us,” Shea remarks about the cross-country switch. O’Neill continues, “The move to Hollywood felt idyllic to us as strangers in a new land. Our influences were all over the ground anywhere we walked.”
The iconic cult of celebrity across film, TV, music, radio, beauty, and tech in Los Angeles, he refers to has had a profound influence on the Jets. They are at once glamorous and a classic rock band cutting its teeth, yet contemporaries of an internet generation marked by a refusal of identity that is ironically informed by a cultural taste more eclectic and rigorously informed than ever seen before.
Their look and sound is a pastiche of old and new influences that goes well beyond just music and perhaps perfectly, for its place and time, the Jets have done a little bit of everything. In addition to being named an Artist to Watch by KCRW and earning heavy rotation on SiriusXM’s XMU, Warbly Jets has also racked up spins on Beats1 and “The Lowdown” is an Advanced Placement featured track at SiriusXM’s Alt Nation. The LA quartet caught the attention of Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green (who used “Alive” as the official song of its SS17 line) and landed slots opening for acts like The Dandy Warhols, The Mystery Lights and Night Beats.
Warbly Jets just completed their first tour outside of the US after a week-long run in China and play a hometown show tomorrow night at The Roxy in LA. They’ll be on the road all summer leading to the release including a London residency in September. A full list of tour dates can be found below with more to be added.Tweet