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The 405 Talk To JPL's Andrew & Jamie About 'Backlash Cop'

"Phil Coulter body-slamming Madonna" - Andrew

Hailing from Derry and London, Jetplane Landing are a four piece that have been making lots of people happy since 1999. With three albums under their belts Jetplane Landing have built up quite a reputation for making intense and important music while also being one of the finest live bands around. Last year they stepped into new musical territories by creating the genre shifting 'Backlash Cop', which was well received.

Recently it’s been a bit quiet on the JL front, so we decided to get in touch to see what they’ve been up to!

How do you feel you’ve progressed since you first started out?

Jamie Burchell: Progression can only be measured over many years… I think we have all grown up alot.

Andrew Ferris: I’m less worried about things now - I used to spend a long time worrying about music; it makes for in-tune guitars but little else.

What influenced the genre shift on your latest album?

Jamie: Madness, suicidal career tendencies, wilful obscurity, hate of being categorised and a love of funk and soul music.

Can you tell us a bit more about the jazz references on the album?

Jamie: 'Backlash Cop' is not really that jazzy.  I listen to jazz quite a bit and some of the sets of lyrics came out of that…and red wine.

Andrew: Within a rock band construct we’re very limited in how we make music; I don’t think anything approaches Thelonius Monk improvisation on the record - but it’s certainly a lot free-er.

What’s it like running an independent record label? Does it take away from the band at all? How do you feel about illegal downloading?

Jamie: I’ll let Andrew answer the first part.

Andrew: It’s really fucking difficult and it costs shit-loads of money and sleepless nights, I’ve got the hang of it now though and I’m very proud of our output. The new Alan MX record (www.myspace.com/alanmx) is really incredible, I’m very proud to be part of that and I think Fickle Public were the best post-hardcore band in the UK during their reign; Fighting With Wire's success has shocked everyone (including Jetplane Landing) - it’s wonderful to see real musicians breaking commercially.

Jamie: I like illegal downloading.  I do it but only for rich bands.  If you download something by a new band, or an obscure band and you like it, yet, you don’t go and give them any money for it then you’re a bastard.  It’s simple.

It seems like forever since I’ve seen you live, any plans to tour again soon?

Jamie: No plans. I can’t see it happening for a while.

Andrew: Likewise - you should have seen us in ‘04 man - we were on fire! Records is where it’s at for us for the next few years. We have a little boy now, Milo; I’ll wait until his ear-drums can hack it and then I’ll take him out on the road with me. Give him a couple of years. I’d like him to be a drummer.

Describe your sound in 5 words

Jamie: Wind whistling through the wish.

Andrew: Phil Coulter body-slamming Madonna.

We all have secrets, but what is the Jetplane Landing’s biggest secret?

Jamie: Cahir is bald.

Andrew: Raife has a tail.

Finally. If you could be in any other band in the world, what band would you pick?

Jamie: Diabloson.

Andrew: Lighting Bolt

Ever since i saw Jetplane Landing at the Waterfront in Norwich (years and years ago!) i’ve been quite a huge fan. Usually they’ll be the band that decides whether or not i like a person. If the answer to the question “have you heard of Jetplane Landing?” is followed by the word “yes!” then generally that person will become a friend for life. Do many bands have this effect on me? Not really. But you only have to see the crowd at one of their shows to realise how much this band means to us all.

From the 4 or 5 times i saw them live i was always impressed by the fact that after they always had time to talk their fans after they played and it’s the little details like this that make a band turn from being good into being great. As much as it pains me to think that i won’t be able to see them live for a couple more years, i know it will be worth the wait. 

If you’re new to JL and want a recommendation on what to buy then i suggest starting from the beginning and working your way through the to their latest release. Then when you’ve bought all the albums make sure you head over to Smalltown America and support the fantastic artists involved.

- The 405, The 405