Craig Redpath (singer/rhythm guitar), Russ Vasey (bass/backing vocals), Dan Richards (lead guitar) and Jack Pearson (drums) come together to create a band from Newcastle that delivers a unique brand of indie-rock. The band, known as The Jet Reds, have similarities to bands like Oasis and Kasabian. While I can’t truly say I’m a fan of either of the bands the Jet Reds say they draw influence from, this four piece has piqued my interest with these two new songs – On and On and Time to Fly.
On and On doesn’t waste any time getting into things as it kicks off with a very BBC worthy sound. Being the first song I’ve heard from The Jet Reds, I’m intrigued. It’s not as mellow and chill as I expected from a band that sites Oasis as one of their main influences. It has a catchy chorus and a pretty decent guitar solo, combined with a very up-tempo sound. I’m hearing a lot of U2 similarities to be honest – so much that it could almost be a U2 cover..
The only critique I have of On and On is that it seems to end out of nowhere. There’s something missing; at only 2:02 it could use another verse or another awesome guitar riff. The single is definitely going to be a crowd pleaser when the boys play it live since it’s so upbeat and catchy, so why not keep the momentum going?
The second song from The Jet Reds is Time to Fly, featuring the late Diane Charlemagne. I can definitely hear the Oasis influence in this track. It’s very mellow, but still holds some intensity. I credit a lot of that to the soulful sounds that Charlemagne adds. It sounds like there could be some strings in the background at certain points, which I love. I’m a sucker for a violin or fiddle or really any stringed instrument. At around 2:50 in Time to Fly, Redpath and Charlemagne echo each other with their vocals and that definitely creates the magic point in the song. You know that part in a song that makes you crank the volume? That’s what happens here. It’s lovely.
The Jet Reds are brand new and still developing their sound, so it may take a couple of listens to these first two songs before you really appreciate what the band is trying to do. But it’s definitely worth a few minutes of your life. I’m interested to see where these guys take their sound next – will it be more mellow/indie sounds like we hear in Time to Fly or will they keep the energy going like they did in On and On? I’m excited to find out.