"...nothing compares to watching them live. The energy emitted from this band is pretty unreal."
NI Albums 2013 - #2 Jetplane Landing 'For Foes'
Surely a contender for NI album of the year (actually scrap that it’s my favourite album of the year from anywhere), a raw sounding and energetic collection, these songs will sound huge in a live environment.
"Beat Generation... Ha!" is the second single from 'Jetplane Landing's' fourth studio album 'Don't Try'
"Releasing an album after six years of silence is a calculated risk, but Jetplane Landing did their sums a long time ago and decided that money doesn’t matter."
"The most clear winner we’ve had this year."
"The energy in the crowd is matched on stage, with guitarists Andrew Ferris and Cahir O’Doherty pulling their best rock shapes to go with their trademark melodic wall of noise."
"I caught up with, guitarist/vocalist, Andrew Ferris to discuss the band's time away, how the new record came about, the state of the post-hardcore scene in the UK and how Cahir's hectic schedule affects the band."
"Andrew [Ferris] reveals... “It’s actually the longest period of recording we’d ever gone through. Hopefully that’s reflected in the album.” Judging by the fact that Kerrang Magazine gave ‘Don’t Try’ a blistering 5/5 album review last week, that’s certainly the case!"
"Some album news now and a big welcome back to Derry's Jetplane Landing who end a six-year absence with the excellent Don't Try. It is their first with new drummer Craig McKean (Fighting With Wire)."
"It was a pleasure to have JPL back in Cardiff and playing on such great form; this was a set of winners played with style and heart and it made us all realise how much we’d missed seeing them play."
"Jetplane Landing’s 'Don’t Try' is a blast of wild, emotive raw power, crackling with energy and zeal.. Sounds like – Bones of our fathers, maggots (getting off my turf), magnetic sea pulling me under, a Jetplane Landing."
"I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this band should have been huge, they’ve got a message, they’ve got hooks, they’ve got riffs and you can bet your life on it that they’ve got songs. Jetplane Landing, first class all the way!"
"Superb from start to finish, it's hard to imagine a better Irish rock album this year."
"After a six year hiatus the Derry born cabin crew are back, this time with an absolute beast of a record in 'Don’t Try'."
"After however many years out of the loop, Jetplane Landing are back, if you really thought they were ever gone, and stronger than ever... Roll on JPL5 and the next tour; I’ll be down the front, come say hey."
"A solid body of work that does more than a little to cement their place amongst contemporaries such as Biffy Clyro, Les Savy Fav, and even more legendary bands such as Refused and At The Drive-In."
"Andrew Ferris is at his incensed best, snarling “Hey maggots, get off my turf, I wrote shit like this fucking years ago.” down the mic... In truth, though, there’s barely anybody that’s come close to them in the intervening years."
Brace yourselves: it's time for part two of the Noise Annoys' interview with Jetplane Landing frontman and Smalltown America label founder Andrew Ferris. This week, Mr Ferris talks about his bandmates, recording in Derry and why they can't wait to tour their excellent new LP 'Don't Try'.
"This week, the first of a special two part interview with Jetplane Landing pilot Andrew Ferris celebrating the Derry band's belated return to the rock'n'roll fray after six years in hibernation with fourth LP 'Don't Try' and an imminent tour."
"Jetplane devotees and indeed fans of heavy yet melodic guitar abuse in the bulging vein of Jawbreaker/Helmet/Kerbdog will be in their element here."
"They’re the elder statesmen of Northern Ireland’s post-hardcore scene, but don’t mistake Jetplane Landing for fusty old axemen."
"Taken from their incredible new album 'Don’t Try', Derry quartet Jetplane Landing have released the video to their new single, ‘My Radio Heart’."
"Don't Try...taps into something very pure – the desire to be honest and true to yourself in all that you do."
"If there was a Single of the Week award this song would surely win it."
Watch Jetplane Landing's new video for "My Radio Heart", filmed in Derry.
"This, folks, is the greatest comeback in history since a pre-grill George Foreman became heavyweight champion of the world."
"Gargantuan" is a rousing, thumping crusade driven by an infectious piano-bashing beat, leading us to a final explanation of its march within the last lyrics of the song."
"'Don't Try' is exactly what the band needed: a reaffirmation of their prowess after six years out of the spotlight. Hopefully we won't have to wait quite as long for album number 5."
"Jetplane Landing looked destined to join McLusky and Reuben as flames that burnt brightly while not enough people paid attention, but Derry quartet return well-honed and taut."
"..The people who follow us seem to have genuinely embraced the record; they seem to be into it. To hope for anything more than that would feel a little greedy."
"With accessible structures and fist-in-the-air choruses to root themselves deep into the memory banks, 'Don’t Try' is a honeycomb of caustic guitar and punk snarl..."
"...they’ve definitely not lost the ability to write a fantastic album of post-hardcore tracks."
'This is a backs to the wall, balls in a vice kind of record.'
But the winners on day one were also the comeback kings, Jetplane Landing.
"...for many they remain one of the most influential bands Northern Ireland has produced in the past 10 years."
Derry swear words, collective penile length and who would win between a monkey and a bear with knives. Oh, and there's a bit about music too...
We're all pretty chuffed that the Association of Independent Music [AIM] have chosen Smalltown America to feature as their 'Label Focus' in their May newsletter.
"I'm not down on it but for every Villagers there are twenty fuckers that sound like him; for every Two Door there are fifty drummers playing that disco beat. It's kinda annoying - but I'm hungover today, so perhaps slightly grumpy!"
"Phil Coulter body-slamming Madonna" - Andrew
'This is an album of experimentation and vision and its sits perfectly in the fierce, intelligent, 35 minute journey'
'Total freedom. That's the dominant sound of 'Backlash Cop', whether it was the fingers aflame guitar playing, the funky beats and bass jives or the anything goes lyrical playfulness.'
"No-one can stop us when we make our own records... fuck them, be radical/I'll get my tit out like Janet if she's not available" - "Backlash Cop", JPL
'If Pavement at their best had embraced a hip hop/rock fusion...'
"All of us in the band identify with that 'fuck it' mentality - life is much too short. If you're going to go down for making a bad record, you might as well go down fighting. You'll never regret taking a risk."
'Anglo-Irish Rage Against The Machine, Anyone?'
"Cahir named his solo on this as The Disco Spectre" - Andrew
'Backlash Cop is a bold step in a great new direction'
4/5 - Dripping with fervent soul... Backlash Cop is a brave and rewarding departure