THE SCREAMING JETS – CHROME
Release Date: 06 May 2016
℗ 2016 Dinner For Wolves | Shine On Enterprises | The Screaming Jets
- Automatic Cowboy
- Cash in Your Ticket
- No Place No Home
- The Grip
- Sex and Violence
- Won’t Stop You
- Smack in the Mouth
- Turn It Around
Eight years on since Do Ya and the Screaming Jets launch a smack you between the eyes classic with something, quite honestly, for everyone. One glance at the magnificent cover art and, as is boldly advertised, its sure to be killer stuff, jam packed with everything a rock connoisseur could possibly wish for. Those who may favour the male form, simply substitute the scantily clad guitar wilding vixen aloft a jet engine and away we go…..
Automatic Cowboy throws us immediately into those killer riff ridden sounds that The screaming jets are so widely celebrated for, but chock full of melody, hooks and brilliant vocal delivery, hailing all a clear message that the lads are far from finished with us. Dave Gleeson lacks none of his traditional powerful delivery, but there is a distinct refinement to his capability and a maturity to his vocal finery. It seems a little clichéd but he has become more dynamic with the passage of time. Superb ferocity remains the order of the day.
Before proceeding further, it is important to note that this collection has been ready to launch for some considerable time, but it had to be the right time for The Screaming Jets. The result is that on first listen it becomes abundantly clear that there was no haste with any of the album. Its superbly executed and contains some of their very finest, considered works. That makes the album tremendously exciting in anticipation of live shows with the new tracks at the fore.
Paul Woseen was responsible for penning the majority of the tracks on this recording and many of the tunes have been floating around for significant years. Perhaps that would explain the superb nature of all the inclusions. Time to consider, refine and bring into line with the bands contemporary intent. Needless to say that would be further rock and roll domination of the Australian live scene.
Cash in Your ticket is constructed of splendid and alluring blues undertones, but in saying that there is plenty of material for the avid SJ air guitarist to be kept appeased. Just a brilliant track, but elevated in stature and appeal due to the sequencing on the album. The listener receives the immediate understanding that this is not merely an album. This is a sensationally considered and brilliantly executed work of determination from the band. If there was ever an album to keep traditional fans happy and allow the group to embark upon future years of playing to an adoring new generation of supporters, then this is most definitely it. I must throw my applauding hands in the air and admit that this album is tremendously exciting. Brace yourself for Razor, because you are about to join me in shameless merriment to the majestic might of The Screaming Jets. A short drum tap in and the hook is firmly in your mouth. Written with later assistance from Jimi Hocking, Dave himself beautifully places together his surroundings, coupled with the tumultuous frustration in being all ready to shave, then realising that inebriation leaves him incapable of fulfilling his evening’s aspirations. As simple as that sounds, the result is a remarkable accumulation of cohesive lyrics, penned to music that would be more than welcome way down south. It consists of the distinctive commentary set to sensational soundtrack that make it a true classic. Big, BIG guitar and powerful percussion make this one so difficult to get out of your head. And really, why would you want to? Just brilliant.
No Place No Home brings brilliant cerebral imagery of Paul living the free life of one sans home, but with a motor vehicle for shelter. A tremendously emotive tracks that is sure to be adapted to listeners lives, and mean so much more to so many. A beautifully fitting solo welcomes this track into the fold of slower, but powerful Screaming Jets classics. Tremendous vocals to a perfectly fitting, and restrained instrumental delivery.
The Grip is one of those pacey, pub rock powerhouses, full of huge riffage and percussive punch that invariably, and with the right crowd, is capable of moving Australia several meters closer to Tassie. The sort the publican loves, because by the end of the rocking and moshing along, all glasses will be thoroughly spent and spilled. Queue up to refill but don’t miss the next track.
Sex And Violence has a very simple structure, which I suspect is deliberate in order to highlight the sensational lyrics and majestic instrumental inclusions along the way that make this a tremendously appealing song for a range of reasons. Not least of which is enjoying hearing Dave put under the lyrical pump and emerging triumphant. By the finale you realise that you have been musically beaten, repetitively thumped into submission by this track. Just brilliant stuff. Listen to the lyrics and you will realise why this track is so very ingenious. The percussion and rhythm are thoroughly unremitting, just as the infuriated owner of a relentless fist of retribution. The most fitting follow on is Won’t Stop You, which retreats in mood and style in a fitting manner, albeit it to very different subject matter. The sequencing afforded each track is utterly superb. Then Smack in the Mouth brings us back into celebration is a manner that is….well…the title says it all musically and lyrically. No need to guild the lily here. Just enjoy a friendly punch in the puss. What’s a smack in the mouth between these mates? Particularly from those who have provided such consistent soundtrack to our Aussie lives?
Scar delivers classic rock riffage at its most powerful and metamorphoses into a track of diverse appeal, with highs and lows all merged together by killer, killer solos and a raw rock punch. This song ebbs and flows in such a sensational manner with accompanying whistling bringing us to the comfortable belief that this ‘aint no thing’ for the Jets. We know different. By now you have developed an understanding of how much work, deliberation and refinement has gone into this remarkable collection.
Turn It Round brings back to the fore the superb sound of classic Australian raw rock and roll. You will hear so many past Aussie classics amalgamated into this astounding track, mixed with a sprinkling of Urge Overkill esque melody. Utterly amazing in its structure and astonishing appeal, it has the sensational sounds of the Australian music scene celebrated in one track, and from our beloved sons. And really no wonder because Phil has had this one bouncing around for about fifteen years. Awesome.
This collection is superb musically, but moreover is demonstrative of the contemporary direction of the group. The very reason that the Screaming Jets are, and always will be a powerhouse of sensational sound and creativity. The lads have locked themselves away, connected with their usual camaraderie and replicated their Midas touch. Mates together driving each other to new heights of skilful delivery. Perfectly written, perfectly timed, perfectly produced and perfectly delivered. I think a standing ovation is in order. Bravo.