As Designer Magazine speaks to Jet's frontman Cam Muncey he's just recovering from a bender with brothers who live over in the UK. It would all be fine if they didn't have a gig in the strange location of prison to play a few hours later. Since supporting the Stones on the Australian leg of their Forty Licks tour the band have become international names and the debut album "Get Born" confirms everything the live shows suggested at. Designer Magazine brings you the full story of Jet in their own words.
Q: You formed the band at St Bede's Catholic School.
I'd imagine it was quite regimented and strict, there wouldn't have been
that many people into rock & roll.
A: There was a bit of a music thing going on. There was a house on the oval that had never been knocked down, it's been knocked down now unfortunately, but it was called the Music House and we'd just go and hang down there was much as possible. It was such as sport orientated school, not even intellect, the school didn't give a shit about anything apart from sport...it was kinda funny.
It was good because we sort of slipped under the radar.
A lot of the teachers just didn't understand that we were so into music
and stuff - we were strange little creatures to them. They didn't hassle
us and we didn't hassle them. Nick and Chris managed to stay to the end,
but they asked me to leave at the end of the year 10 and I guess being
in that environment did help. There was definitely a flag we were holding
up, but it became more and more serious and that's all we did want to do.
Q: Didn't you start with covers of You Am I - I don't
really hear that in the music listening to the album?
A: When we were influenced by them was with Hi-Fi Away in 1995 so if you went and got that album you might hear it. Maybe we don't sound like it anymore, but it threw us in that direction of rock & roll with a clear harmony. You're finding your feet when you first start writing tunes and we literally didn't find our feet till a year and a half ago. We had a few good songs, but for the most part we didn't think we were good enough so we never went out and played gigs. At the time when we were rehearsing in the Factory writing was the best part of our life's...it was the best night of our week on a friday night.
Q: Coming from Australia, a country with very little
musical heritage, I guess it gives you the freedom to do what you want
without being tied to something.
A: A band like You Am I - there's a lot of pride in the song writing and they're proud of being Australian. For us they're just so charismatic to watch. We were looking at them and they were the kind of band we wanted to be...they were are idols I guess.
It's good being so far away in some ways because you don't
get affected by the mainstream as much. It is very very present, but you
can get around it. There's a lot of local radio stations in Melbourne that
play a lot of cool shit and there's a really big live scene. Were in our
own little world over there - there's bands that are big in Australia and
can make a living without having to leave.
Q: You must have came up with terrible names before
you decided on Jet from The Wing's song. What were the worst?
A: I think the worst was probably Hi-Fidelity. Some of the names were bad cos we were called Mojo Filter and then we got Mojo magazine where they have the Mojo filter in Mojo Magazine, it was like f**k!!! We kept changing them because movies kept coming out, Austin Powers came out and Mojo magazine and we thought we gotta change that...and then Nick Hornby's High Fidelity was made into a film. We'll probably end up getting sued for Jet now!!!
Q: The Stones tour in Australia was the stage where
the world started to take note. It must have been an honour for you to
open up for a legendary band like that.
A: We'd had the record deal and we were recording our album, but it was a great opportunity and we were just buzzing off it. The first day we walked into the big stadium and saw them all sound checking. Mick Jagger's standing there in his casual pants singing "Like A Rolling Stone", Keith and Ronnie have got the fags hanging out of their mouths. They're just them, the Stones don't need to try and be the Stones - but seeing them up there sound checking were intimate moments, man.
They all came in over the course of the whole thing and
said hello. And then when we got our photo's with them they hung around
and had a chat. They've still got that love for new music.
Q: Nowadays the UK is you're second home. Did you always
know that if you wanted to make it you'd have to get the UK and the US
A: We've done a couple of tours and it's always been really successful. Both my brothers live here down in London so in more than one way. I'm actually finding as well that a lot of countries like Japan and the countries you don't necessarily think of growing up in the English speaking world like Germany. Media wise we've got a big break in England so we can do pretty big shows.
Q: I guess for the "Get Born" album it was a case of
trying to show the softer side to the band which the singles have only
A: After we'd done them all we decided to put as much of ourselves on it as possible. Give it a well rounded view of what we are and what were doing. That's not out of the ordinary to have that many slower songs. At the outset we wanted to have an album which sounded polished but live and Dave Sardi has a big hand in it, we couldn't have done that by ourselves.
Q: The track which everyone's talking about, "Roll
Over DJ", some people are finding it hard to swallow that you're slagging
off a whole genre of music. Is it really the whole genre or...?
A: I think so...you wouldn't catch us down in Ibiza. I'd rather be f**king down the pub to be honest with you, man. It's all glitz and no soul and the people into dance music are into drugs and dancing rather than the actual music. Melbourne was a huge scene for it, so it was just getting a bit grating. You'd go out and everyone's off their f**king head listening to bad music. You might go out on the pull or whatever and you'd have to be in the worst place on earth. And then you'd realize you just didn't fit in and you hated it.
Q: And carrying on the theme of pulling. The new single
"Are You Gonna Be My Girl".
A: Nic wrote the songs thinking he was going out to dance clubs again and all the girls were just the same. He was like why don't we have this song called "Just Like Any Other Girl". F**k that man, why you have to be so negative. Lets just have a cooler name and maybe you'd have a bit more luck if it was called "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" - it's a bit more of a positive message and the ladies might actually like that.
"Are You Gonna Be My Girl" is out August 25th
The album "Get Born" follows on 15th September
A tour is set to be announced soon for October
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