with Tall Teenagers
This past November, Providence power pop quartet Jets Can’t Land released its ruggedly sweet debut EP, ‘You Can’t Linger On.’ As heard in the irresistibly nostalgic, guitar-fuzzed opener “A ‘70s Photograph” (streaming below), which excitingly melds the jagged splendor of Bowie’s “Queen Bitch” with the pure warmth of The Kinks’ “Powerman,” the six-song effort shows a band not so much enslaved by past struggle but ennobled, and even strengthened, by it. Jets Can’t Land plays at AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island on 2/19. – Zach Weg
RADIO CARBON – Caveman Ballads
7 tracks 75orless Records
There are no ballads on this record, although there might be some cavemen. The Troggs have influenced all punk and rock in a way, but that’s about it. This Providence band can destroy you, literally, if they want to. (The singer is a big man.) Based on my experience of seeing Radio Carbon live a few times, the only thing they want to hurt is your ears. The volume and energy is intense, and the songs and musicianship are polished but gritty. A solid release with one good song after another. It’s punk with elements of stoner and noise rock, and all that’s still good in this world.
THE LINCOLN TUNNEL – Today 2.0
75 Or Less Records
Christian Calderone is a smart songwriter and lyricist; one of the best around, judging from this debut effort. “Damn, I Wear It Well” begins this epic collection of brilliant songs with a circus-like romp, replete with a bass played like a trombone, an attenuated oompah rhythm, and some scorching guitar. “Big Decision” has a preening and brittle punk guitar rhythm and world-weary trailing vocals. “All Together Wrong” is lively, frantic indie rock bravado in the vein of the DBs; eminently hit-worthy. “Friend of the Roses” is a tuneful romp with an electrifying guitar-bass-drum hook and wistful trumpet filigrees courtesy of Ellen Block. “Makin’ Cents and Takin’ Vows” features liquescent guitar and is otherwise an inoffensive ballad. “Elemental Sun” features slapping drums and ingenious harmony vocals in the lead-up to the chorus. “Our Mother’s Sons” combines twangy guitar and echoey glad-making vocals with a lonesome trumpet melody. A surprisingly touching song, and Best of Show. “Ordinary Sky” is elevated psyche interspersed with an irresistible cascading guitar riff; it comes to a climax which is short and sweet. “Memphis” is a straight-ahead, paint-peeling, numinously buzzing rocker. “Line My Pockets” is a mysterious and spacy yet upbeat and surly love song. This is mostly excellent all the way through; the songs are smart and the band uses instrumentals like a good painter mixes colors for effect. Definitely a band to watch.
JETS CAN’T LAND – You Can’t Linger On
Some tasty retro ’9’s alt-pop from Rhode Island that you could probably seduce middle-aged chicks with, especially if you were slumming it in Providence. Very lightly psychedelic and jangly (in a non-’80s way), You Can’t Linger On will remind you of whatever obscure local indie-rock sensation you were into in 1994. Plus the lyrics are good, with MASH and ELO references and bummer lines like “Here I am watching things go bad again.” I’m not sure that I would personally listen to this regularly – I hate the ’90s except for that one song by Matthew Sweet – but if you’re still laboring under the delusion that everything was swell back when we were young and eating ramen for dinner six times a week, then this is your new favorite band.
GAVAGE – self titled
Gavage is a Providence punk rock group. There are catchy parts, heavy parts, and sax from Adrienne from one of the town’s best bands Downtown Boys that adds a slight undercurrent of avant garde to the rock ’n’ roll. I like that the CD comes with a lyric sheet, not many bands bother with this anymore. This is a good album to listen to as you stroll drunkenly down a dark alley, just before something crazy happens. If you make it out of that alley, you’ll want to listen to this album over and over again.
You Can’t Linger On by Jets Can’t Land
In a business flooded with naïve kids dreaming of escaping their hometown and making it big, Rhode Island-based indie rock band, Jets Can’t Land, are not your typical up and comers. An experienced group of guys with an appreciation for quality music, members Michael Bilodeau, Kyle Jackson, Eric Meier and Keith Swist have all played with different bands throughout the local music scene over the course of their careers. Jets Can’t Land recently released their six track debut EP You Can’t Linger On.
You Can’t Linger On kicks off with “A 70’s Photograph.” Opening with a driving drum line which introduces the lead guitar, what stands out most on this song are the vocals. With a weathered rawness that allows a degree of purity to be brought to this, and other tracks, Meier’s voice compliments the sense of nostalgia that is achieved through lyrics such as “Standing on the edge of the grass/I’m thirteen again and lost in the past.” Both do a good job of bringing listeners back in time making this track highly relatable for most people. Taking the mood down a notch or two is “Digging Out.” This mid-tempo bit opens with a repetitive guitar riff that is followed by somewhat depressing lyrics such as “I’ve been digging out/From all the problems that remain/You’d go home again but you can’t.” Ultimately, this is one of those songs you could sing along to in a bar while drinking with friends.
Two of my favorite tracks, “Wasted” and “Another Day Gone By” are at the half way point of You Can’t Linger On. “Wasted” opens with instrumentation that works together to create an old school sonic feel. The track is an apology love song done in the way that only a 90s grunge influenced indie rock band could do it as they sing “I know you’re wasted you’re damaged I wanted you/To hear I’m sorry, for all the things I put you through/I’d been entrusted, I fucked up and now I know…I watched the sun go down right in your eyes.” Continuing with the theme of relationships, “Another Day Gone By” opens with guitar playing that seamlessly moves through chord progressions creating a sense of time passing, appropriate given the song’s name. It’s a strong track and quite possibly my favorite on this release. “Another Day Gone By” sets the tone for the feelings that are inevitably left behind as you continuously go over everything in an attempt to get past emotional wounds. It is a sad song, or as the guys would refer to it, a song about “getting over sad shit that happened.”
“The Falling Sky” is an apocalyptic sounding song that begins to wrap up You Can’t Linger On. Jets Can’t Land have described themselves as a guitar band but the playing starts to sound a little too familiar by this point on the release. However, by mid-song the guitar playing picks up and changes up in a way that makes me want to hear more. Hopefully, on future releases Jets Can’t Land will showcase the range of ability they have on guitar because his solo is the star here. You Can’t Linger On wraps with “I Can’t Do That Dave.” With a long musical intro reminiscent to the days of bands such as Pearl Jam, the guitar solo on this track will make you feel like you’re lifting into the sky. While the lyrics are strong with lines such as “You got away with all your lying (oh my mind is gone)/I got a feeling like I’m dying (dying for too long)…,” the guitar is the real storyteller on this one closing with slight distorted feedback creating the impression that Jets Can’t Land have faded off into the sunset, or maybe simply lingered on.
Jets Can’t Land is not a groundbreaking band that is going to turn the music world upside down. After all, very few do. But with an approach that blends a certain degree of nonchalance with the expectations that experience in the industry has taught them, Jets Can’t Land does offer an authenticity that shines through on their debut. They are a solid band, but You Can’t Linger On hovers somewhere in that great space between anything goes basement jamming and shameless commercialization without ever getting close to either. However, with some truly noteworthy guitar solos, impressive lyrics and a sound that brings you back to the era when flannel was a fashion statement and music mattered, Jets Can’t Land’s debut EP You Can’t Linger On is worth a listen.
with The Callouts
with Sonic Grifters and The Callouts
43 Broad St
Jets Can’t Land – You Can’t Linger On (75orLess Records)
On their debut EP, You Can’t Linger On, Jets Can’t Land shoots up a hefty dose of ’90s indie rock fueled by feedback and flannel. The opening, “A 70’s Photograph,” is like what would happen if Camper Van Beethoven and Pavement got drunk in a practice space in Olneyville and decided to cut an album. On “Wasted,” Jets Can’t Land remind me a little of ’90s grunge rockers Seaweed with the tune’s hammer drop chorus. “The Falling Star” sounds like a tune Love and Rockets would write, but covered by Built to Spill. My favorite tune of the bunch is the closing jam, “I Can’t Do That Dave,” because it is a precisely crafted mess of ragged glory. I’d recommend You Can’t Linger On for that crazy uncle still wearing flannel as well as anyone still searching for Crazy Horse-inspired indie guitar swing.
with Able Thought
What Cheer Records
180 Angell St
EP Premiere: Providence’s Jets Can’t Land serve up a skilled power-pop punch
Discovering pure power-pop in Rhode Island is no easy task, but Providence rock and roll quartet Jets Can’t Land seem to have it down to a science on their new EP You Can’t Linger On. A sound that’s an amalgamation of tones reminiscent of Sloan, Big Star, and Cheap Trick, the foursome keep it real with tight hooks and groovy guitar solos. Songs about the apocalypse, sci-fi films, and the shit that hurts give a sense of hopeless romantic nerdiness shouting out to the closeted individuals who also want to take someone out on a date.
Frontman and guitarist Eric Paul Meier lyrically gives a bit of a Roy Orbison vibe, a grand mix of catchy choruses, pop and being genuine. Kyle Jackson (whom you may know from local indie rock band Six Star General) gives a jolt of energy on lead guitar; his solos really stand out throughout the entire EP. Keith Swist soothes on backing vocals along with keeping the rhythms in check while on drums in sync with bassist Michael Bilodeau. These guys bring their best artistic qualities out with each track on You Can’t Linger On, but still find a way to blend together as a cohesive unit. It sums up as heartfelt, bare bones rock that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Celebrating the new EP, which you can hear below via Vanyaland premiere, Jets Can’t Land are actually part of a quadruple album release show at The Parlour this Saturday. Outlaw In Peru will be releasing their self-titled debut; Everett Bros. Moving Company (fronted by former Blizzard of ’78 vocalist Paul Everett) will be bringing their album Moving Misfortune; and Feng Shui Police and their caffeinated EP Coffee With The Feng Shui Police will also be available as well. It’s all being put on by Warren-based label 75orLess Records. You can’t get more local than that.
Until the weekend arrives, stream You Can’t Linger On below and check out all the amazing music that’ll be at The Parlour this Saturday.