The Jet Reds Chats of Current Single's, New Material and Hopefulness....

Indie go getters THE JET REDS have been together for a short time, but have already put out not one but two single's this year alone. More music is in the works for now, with plans ahead for more content including some gigs! The band chats of this and just wanting all to remember their music and the character charm it brings forth.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

We got together about 4 years ago, 3 of us were working together at the time in a contact centre but I pretty much had to leave after footage of us performing a song, Red Tape, was anonymously sent into the managers there. The problem was the song basically slags off the place we were working in! I’d been playing in a band for 5 years or so before The Jet Reds and we done some pretty cool things, we supported Noel Gallagher and Kasabian back then. Dan our lead guitarist is the only one properly musically trained and you can tell! He’s a wizard on the guitar! Marty’s got some history in music before the band got together, he was well known in the drum and bass scene in the north east and used to MC at drum and bass nights, a bit different to what we do! But he’s always been bang into his indie music which is how he and I fell in love! Deano the drummer I kind of scouted from the band he was playing with at the time. I went to see him play and saw how handy he was and pinched him!

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name? 

The bands had 3 names I think, initially we were Jet Red, however a random email dropped in my inbox letting me know there was another glam rock band from the 70’s called Jet Red. Despite the fact they’d been inactive for however many years, it was getting tiring people looking us up online and mistaking us for them, particularly as none of us have perms or own tight leather pants. So we changed it briefly to Jetsin Red, which was awful, and now we have settled with The Jet Reds. My two grandads nicknames were Jet and Red, which is where the name comes from.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend? 

Right now we’re pretty well spread out. Myself and Dean love a street away from each other in a small village in Northumberland called Cramlington. Dan is currently back home in Leeds and Marty is up in Glasgow with his new missus. Originally though we all met here in the north east, and over the years we’ve discovered and played with loads of great bands. The Voyd, Docksuns, The Avalons, Black Acid Mavericks, Palma Louca just to name a few. There’s a good scene up here to be fair, there aren’t loads of venues but enough to get stuck into, and plenty of great bands and musicians around.

4. How would you describe your style? 

I suppose indie is the closest genre to what we do, more recently though there’s been a punkier energy to our music. 

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works? 

We have two singles out this year, Pamela and 27.  We’ve honed in on a sound we’re really happy with now so that raw energy and swagger that we’ve brought to our new tunes is what we want to ride with for now.

6. Do you have any new music in the works? 

We have two more in the locker which we’re holding onto for now. We got down to Manchester in between lockdown measure easing and fortunately were able to record 4 new songs in preparation for 2021. Keep your eyes peeled!

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out? 

It’s been tougher than we anticipated getting back into the live scene to be honest! We went from having 4 gigs almost back to back between August - September to none! Lack of support bands, festivals struggling with tickets sales, we were even supporting Shaun Ryders  Black Grape in September but a festival they were at was rearranged for the same date so we lost that gig.  It we’re mewing our spirits up, we are in the process of arranging a headline show here in the north east so hopefully we’ll have an announcement soon.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band? 

In May we started working with a group called General Oversees Music, who are putting us to labels worldwide in the hope we can sign. There’s been a lot of promise with the feedback we’ve had and enough interest to give us optimism for what the future might hold for us. So hopefully we can get something concrete and with that would come a whole load of exciting things for the band.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff? 

Our music is on all the usual streaming platforms, Spotify, Apple Music etc. We have a little bit of merch left on our website

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first tim.

I’d like to think they remember the character that comes across in the music I suppose. These new singles we’ve released this year hopefully demonstrate the energy we’re about with our music, I hope they feel good when they listen to it more than anything!

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