Local: The Jet Reds
“This band rocks. I’m so glad I bumped into this band whilst painting the town ‘Jet Red’ in media city.” Not my words, but the words of Mike Bennett, the legendary producer who has twiddled knobs for the likes of Ian Brown, The Fall and The Specials. It was a chance meeting between The Jet Reds’ principle writer Craig Redpath and Mike Bennett down in Manchester that led to Bennett producing the band’s first EP, which caused something of a ripple amongst those in the know. The Specials’ Neville Staple even got wind of it and asked if he could work with them in future. The Newcastle band’s debut album is out in December and as calling cards go it’s a real doozy. They knock out melodic indie rock that fans of Kasabian and Oasis won’t be kicking out of bed any time soon, and they even take a foray into lilting reggae (the sunny ‘The Real Thing’) in their stride. The album is officially launched, via Northern Quarter Records, on Friday 21 December at Kommunity in Newcastle, and it promises to be a real party.
The Jet Reds + Gary Anderson + Primary Colours + The Voyd, Friday 21 December, Kommunity, Market Street, Newcastle, 7pm, £6 door. thejetreds.co.uk