Jets Overhead fly with global unity theme 

Victoria-based band opts to release new No Nations album on vinyl, CD and digital


Who: Jets Overhead

When: Thursday, Aug. 13

Where: GLC

Cost: $35 (part of the Deraylor Music Festival lineup)

Jets Overhead's overall sound is atmospheric, almost ethereal rock, really, with a trance-like feel heralding back to the days of Pink Floyd, Radiohead and The Who. In fact, they've been dubbed "a laid-back, west coast Canadian answer to The Dandy Warhols" by the likes of Chart Magazine .

"We definitely all do love that vein of music, like The Doves, Radiohead, and that really chilled out but emotional tap that that kind of music can turn on, but it's kind of just a natural thing that happens," Adam Kittredge said after a thoughtful pause.

With Kittredge on guitar, Antonia Freybe-Smith on keyboards, Jocelyn Greenwood on bass, Piers Henwood on guitar, and Luke Renshaw manning the drums, all members except Henwood contribute to vocals. But songwriting is still a completely collaborative process, with each member of the group involved in developing and perfecting songs.

"When it comes to our songwriting process, we write as a group," Kittredge said.

He explained that more often than not, the process of randomly throwing out lyrics when developing a melody seems to work for them. In fact, that jam session approach is how they came up with the title track for their latest album, No Nations .

"So it just came out of thin air as I was writing the melody and we were jamming on the song, and 'No Nations' just obviously has a whole lot of depth of meaning, so it was easy enough to find some lyrics and content to go somewhere with that theme," Kittredge said. "...It came naturally and it came, I think, very organically out of our own life experiences and what we were reading and where we were at in our lives."

Once they stumbled upon this overarching theme, the group ran with it. And while their lyrics are definitely insightful and thoughtful, touching on that overarching theme of global unity, listeners won't feel like they're being preached to when listening to their music.

"We do want people to recognize some depth," Kittredge said. "...I think we're all thoughtful and I think everyone in the band is quite intelligent and opinionated, and we care about what's going on around us in the world."

Jets Overhead first got together in 2003, actually blossoming from a long-time high school band, The Special Guests, which three of the five members were part of.

They just debuted No Nations in China earlier this summer, which saw them playing a range of shows - everything from a small club show to a larger outdoor festival - in four different cities.


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