Oz rock icons The Screaming Jets are delving deep into their back catalogue for their latest release.
The Newcastle-bred behemoth will deliver the Bitter Pill EP on Friday 9 October – a slab that’s sure to tickle the facies of long-time Jets fans.
The five-track EP features reworked versions of Jets classics – Helping Hand, Shivers, Friend of Mine, Sad Song and October Grey, given a fresh coat of paint by the Jets 2020 lineup of Dave Gleeson (vocals), Paul Woseen (Bass), Jimi Hocking (guitar), Scott Kingman (guitar) and Cameron McGlinchey (drums).
The seeds for the EP were sown at the start of the pandemic when the band were convening via Zoom to discuss the best way forward in the face of COVID.
Those Zoom meetings which also started out as impromptu late arvo drinking sessions, turned into virtual jams which produced this reworked crop of classic jets tunes that have been produced by long-time collaborator Steve James.
The band dropped Helping Hand , via social media and Youtube back in May, and fans could not get enough with the track generating more than 200,000 listens!
Speaking about the track on release frontman Dave Gleeson said the band felt the song more than apt as a ‘clarion call’ for the music industry, which has been utterly decimated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It seemed an apt song to do. Just like every other band, act, and performer in the world, The Jets found ourselves having to cancel our tour as well as recording plans,” he said.
“[This version is] five blokes, six cameras and the perfect song to express the current state of our industry.”
Former Rogue Traders drummer Cameron McGlinchey is the latest addition to the Jets family and he said he had a blast knocking the EP out.
“As a new inclusion in the Jets dynamic, it’s been a pleasure staying positive and connected with these fantastic blokes even though we’ve not been in the same room throughout its completion,” he said.
“Bitter Pill is a window into the chemistry of the band.”
The Screaming Jets’ Bitter Pill EP is out on Friday 9 October and you can presave here.