"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."
Following the release of their album in too many years, ‘Don’t Try’, Jetplane Landing have embarked on their first tour in the same amount of time. Following an impressive set from local support, “progressive punk” trio Carnivores, the Northern Irish post-hardcore heroes took to the stage.
Although I hold a high opinion of the band’s most recent record, as this was my first chance to see the band in the years following them, hence I hoped to hear a fair whack of older tracks too. Judging on the crowd’s response to more mature material, they were in the same boat as myself, and enjoyed the set in equal amounts – where that amount was “a lot”.
Despite playing a comprehensive set of sixteen songs, the evening still felt cut short, shining a light of truth on frontman Andrew Ferris’ quip of “too many hits, not enough time”. From the monsters ‘Walls of Derry’ and ‘Magnetic Sea’ from most recent LP ‘Don’t Try’; to the lovably quirky ‘Backlash Cop’ and ‘Why Do They Never Play Les Savy Fav On The Radio?’ from its 2007 predecessor ‘Backlash Cop’ (complete with wailing siren and enthusiastic crowd clapping respectively). And if the crowd participation was a gospel, this Glasgow crowd love to rock the beat and then some. Tracks from debut ‘Zero For Conduct’ proved that Jetplane did in fact “write shit like that fucking years ago”, whilst (one of my personal favourite albums of all time) ‘Once Like A Spark’ was brought to the rapturous atmosphere of the charming Stereo in the form of its singles, with ‘There’s No Courage…’ bringing the night to a phenomenal end as the second encore brought about perhaps the loudest, and only, “ONE MORE TUNE!” chant I’ve heard in too long.
Having talked my way through the setlist in a disjointed way – I would also like to praise the band themselves. Andrew Ferris: guitar, slick lyrics and fantastic banter; Cahir O’Doherty: lead guitar, energetic moves, killer solos and not-so-bad banter; Jamie Burchell and Craig McKean: the tight, precision-tuned rhythm section that kept the other two in check, and rolled out some smooth breakdowns.
After however many years out of the loop, Jetplane Landing are back, if you really thought they were ever gone, and stronger than ever. With an enviable back catalogue of perfect tunes and riffage and a thrilling and engaging live show packed full of those very tracks – here’s hoping the back never decide to temporarily fall by the wayside again. Roll on JPL5 and the next tour; I’ll be down the front, come say hey.
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