Buzz Of The Month: THE JETZ – Cracked Up LP

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THE JETZ
Cracked Up LP
Queen Mum Records

It was back in 2011 when Kidnap, Powerpop Guitarrero jack of all trades with the NOT AMUSED and TWITCHBLADES as well as label chief of Queen Mum Records and artworker at Mess Media, did the glorious job of sorting out previously unreleased demos from Cheshunt´s own Powerpop Legend THE JETZ, best known for their glorious alltime favourite “Catch Me”, and put out the meanwhile sold out “The Anthology 1977-79” on his label which not only received rave reviews from Powerpop fanatics all over the world but also became a collector´s piece within´ weeks after the release.

Incited by this release the ghosts of the past had been awakened and kicked THE JETZ back in time rediscovering the spirit and youthful enthusiasm of their early days back in the seventies. They finally wanted to put out that one proper album they should have made but never got the chance to do so back then. In the summer of 2014 they recorded their first new songs for what was proposed to be an EP with four songs and of course couldn´t stop writing new songs until they finally got twelve songs assembled which are now representing that one first proper album “Cracked Up”.

So without further chatter let me get one thing straight out right at the beginning: This record that THE JETZ put out after they called it a day back in 1979 is not only a phenomenal comeback of a band from the golden days of Powerpop, it´s as well an epic absolutely unique record because the band manages to capture and fuse every single musical impression of their own past, every disillusioned teenager´s hopes and dreams expressed through songs that really mattered and had the impact to change your life and make it better.

You can find definite traces of the sixties heroes SMALL FACES, THE WHO, KINKS and even the BEATLES in the laid back and eased sound of songs like “You Don´t See Me”, “Picture Of Indifference” or “Can You Hear Me Now” which in some parts are shaking up some FLAMIN´GROOVIES action as well or puttin´ some SLADE drive in,  you can follow them to the pub around the corner soaking up their shirts to the Pubrock sweatbath of the likes like DR. FEELGOOD or EDDIE & THE HOTRODS in songs like “Walking On James Street” and especially “Wild Week”, you can jump through your living room to the blitzing teenage kicks of “Find Another Way” or “Cracked Up” and get down to the Rebel Rock of the later CLASH sounds with “Government Man” and “Keith Doesn´t Do Different” or just enjoy the perfect blend of all those mentioned with “Run Boy Run”or their ode to the incredible power of the 45rpm 7” Single and the pirate radio airwaves with “DJ (At Wildstar Radio)”.

Whatever you choose to do first, grab this record and bathe into the timeless and original sound ot THE JETZ, bathe into times, impressions and music that is writing it´s own history by having soaked up all that matters in music from the Sixties and throughout the Seventies with a band transforming all those into their very passionate own.

10/10

 

 

 

 

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