Album Review: The Jet Reds' 'What We're Looking for'
Soft indie rockers from Cramlington, The Jet Reds, are releasing their new album 'What We're Looking for' on July 14th. Following the release of their singles 'Unpredictable' and 'Fields', these guys have gained a steadily growing fan base and have even had 'Unpredictable' aired on BBC Radio. All signs were firmly pointed toward an album that would put the band on a route to even more success.
Being produced and recorded in Manchester by Mike Bennett (who also produced the likes of The Stranglers, Doctor and The Medics, Sham 69 and Wishbone Ash) this record has had a lot of TLC, it's as if its hair has been brushed to salon level perfection.
The attention to detail and little extra features in each track undeniably upgrade the whole album and drive the focus to the listeners.
The softness and retro-bluesy tone that The Jet Reds have made their own is rare to see.
I mean most indie bands on the emerging music scene these days tend to be heavy and stereotypically guitar obsessed, but not The Jet Reds, they centre their music around emotion. It's quite refreshing to hear a band so modern, sound so classic.
'Unpredictable', being the first song on the album, is perhaps a little tame and thin when comparing it to the rest of the tracks on display. However, less is sometimes more and in this case, that is exactly the case.
The simplicity of the song gives it a bright vibe, and the clean guitar strummed chords leave space for extra little chimes or features. A brilliant song, however a peculiar choice, in my opinion for the band to put as number one on their debut record.
'The Real Thing' is the black sheep of the album. Sounding as if it was some sort of experiment gone terribly well. This song is a glamorous, light-hearted, reggae-pop concoction. It sounds almost as if it is written by another band! Totally different to TJR's normal soft, indie tone. But it works!
By comparison, 'They'll Come Calling', 'Only A Man', 'Time to Fly' and 'What We're Looking For', are all fairly similar in their approach. The band decided to focus more on vocals, bass and drums in these tracks. The low reverberation of the guitars provides an important structure to the song, however it doesn't take over the song like most other bands.
These guys base their songs more on the soul of the vocals.
'Fields', the penultimate song on the record, has a much more driving tone. You really get an extra kick on this track, which the band don't usually incorporate into their other songs; so when you hear 'Fields' it has even more of a compelling effect. Acoustic and electric guitars are blended on this song, which kind of reminds me of a modern version of Fleetwood Mac and also slightly of Oasis.
The Jet Reds have recorded an impressive album and produced it almost to perfection. These lads are doing their own thing in our local music scene and I have nothing but respect for that!
The album launch takes place on July the 14th at Kommunity Ncl and we strongly recommend you head down to check them out.