Over the years, the D.C. trio have shared the stage with The Wedding Present
, The Constantines, David Kilgour, Ladyhawk, Swervedriver’s Adam Franklin
and more. The Jet Age will be performing at this year’s At the Edge of the Sea Festival –
taking place August 29 and 30th in Brighton, England curated by The Wedding Present.
The band also just announced a hometown record release show on September 12 at Villain & Saint
in Bethesda, MD.”It’s been another shitty year in America, another year where I got to really wonder what the hell I’ve gotten my kids into,” says Eric Tischler, songwriter, guitarist and singer for The Jet Age, about the inspiration behind his band’s latest record, Destroy. Rebuild
. With more than one narrator seemingly lost at sea (as on the slow-boiling acid folk of “Who Will I Sing This Song For?” and the Can-meets-The Bats
boogie of “Hand Upon the Throttle”), and The Who-meets-MBV
rant “I Can’t Breathe,” it’s not surprising that many of the lyrics were written in the shadow of the U.S.’s 2014 midterm elections, the disturbing news cycle around Ferguson’s police force, and Eric Garner’s death. The new set of songs address peoples’ struggles to find their way home, and the themes feel more on point every day, given events like Sandra Bland’s mysterious death and Donald Trump’s rise in the polls.
The album’s closer, “Epilogue,” suggests the rebirth needs to begin with a kiss-right before its blistering two-plus minute guitar solo kicks in; so, all you need is love? “The flip side of all this depressing crap — including watching some other couples around me go down in flames — is that it’s really renewed my appreciation for the ways in which my wife and kids provide a port in the storm so, yeah,” he says, “it’s about relationships, it’s about the country, it’s about the band.”
“I felt like, on previous Jet Age records, I was increasingly distracted by the desire to write ‘types’ of songs and that maybe, after a string of ‘rock operas,’ I was shortchanging the emotional core of the songwriting with all these intellectual exercises,” he explains. “I figured, if we wrote an album full of songs that sounded like Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran, and The Small Faces, that I’d get those urges out of my system and I could find my way back to ‘my’ voice.” That record was 2014’s Jukebox Memoir, and it might’ve remained unheard, as Tischler viewed it as a songwriting exercise, but once Mark Gardener (Ride) and Adam Franklin (Swervedriver) added vocals to the album’s shoegazing homage, Tischler felt the band had a “moral obligation” to share the recording of the two shoegazing titans harmonizing.Fortunately, the entire record was pretty damn good and his initial plan of cleansing his songwriting palate seems to have worked, because, with Jukebox in the rearview mirror, Destroy. Rebuild sounds precisely like the moment when The Jet Age finally rebuild themselves in their own image, like a phoenix engulfed in flames and rising from the ashes of their previous selves, ready to give us the sounds and songs of revolution, and the hope for something better.