"..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."
After six years in the ether, Jetplane Landing have come back with a new album 'Don't Try'.
And if you've been missing Fighting With Wire then this is the perfect remedy as Craig McKean from the band has joined Cahir O'Doherty as a fully-fledged FWW member.
We caught up with Jamie Burchell from the band ahead of their September 11 gig at the Workman's Club to get the low down on not trying.
How long has the band been going?
We played our first show in Belfast, at Auntie Annies in 2001.
What's the new record about?
It’s about travelling; it’s about family; it’s about home and what it means to you; it’s about loss; it’s about madness . . . Inishtrahull island even gets a mention at one point.
When's the next gig?
We go on a UK tour starting in Sheffield on September 2, then Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, London and Cardiff, before we play three Irish shows – Dublin Workman’s Club on the 11th, Derry on the 13th at The Stables in Ebrington and then Belfast Limelight 2 on the 14th of September.
What has been your best gig so far?
I’d say the Leeds and Reading festival shows were two of the most insane afternoons we ever enjoyed.
What are you listening to at the minute?
Not loads. Cahir, our guitarist, played me the new QOTSA album whilst we were driving around Derry a few weeks ago. It was during the recent hot weather. He was playing it really loud with the windows rolled down. We looked like a couple of wallys.
Describe your music in one sentence.
We play punk rock music that gets your head snapping.
What other Irish acts do you rate?
Loads: Ash, Therapy?, More Than Conquerors, Axis Of, Lafaro, Our Krypton Son, Thin Lizzy, The Undertones, Luke Kelly, Van Morrison, My Bloody Valentine to name but a few.
What has been your favourite moment as a musician?
For me it’s hearing the songs we write being played on the radio.
What are your hopes for the new record?
They have already been fulfilled really. 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.
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