Jet

2001-
Nic CesterVocals, guitar
Chris CesterDrums
Cameron MunceyGuitar
Mark WilsonBass

Jet Artistfacts

  • Brothers and Jet bandmates Nic and Chris Chester grew up in Dingley Village, a small suburb just outside Melbourne, Australia. The brothers discovered rock n' roll on a steady diet of their father's classic rock records - The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Faces - even as grunge hit big in the mid-90's. Of the imported Seattle sludge sound, Nic Chester says, "I couldn't stand the stuff. To me, that was real slit your wrists music."
  • The Chester brothers teamed up with guitarist Cameron Muncey, an old school chum of Nic's, and bassist Doug Armstrong, who the boys met while working at their father's spice factory, to form Jet in 2001. The original line-up didn't last long - the band soon plucked Marc Wilson from another local act in Melbourne to replace Armstrong and self-released their debut EP Dirty Sweet. With a title culled from the T. Rex anthem "Bang A Gong (Get It On)," this initial pressing of 1000 vinyl records sold out quickly and lead to another 1000 to meet demand in the UK. It wasn't long before the band inked a deal with Elektra Records who re-released the EP in the states.
  • In 2003 Jet entered Sunset Studios in Los Angeles to record their debut full-length with producer Dave Sardy. Halfway through the recording process, a big-break came in the form of a call from The Rolling Stones offering Jet a support spot on the Australian leg of their upcoming tour. The album Get Born was completed and released later that year, and the band's popularity soared on the back of singles like "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" and "Rollover DJ." The record would go on to sell well over three million copies worldwide.
  • Jet is often accused by critics of riding down a well-worn musical path, essentially ripping-off their rock n' roll predecessors. The boys have always been quick to acknowledge their influences, from The Rolling Stones to AC/DC and The Beatles, but at times some mock the shocking similarities. For one, many have cited the beat in Jet's big hit "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" and its striking likeness to Iggy Pop's "Lust For Life." But Chris Chester shot back at the press on this one, citing a conversation he had with Iggy himself on the subject: "He said I was crazy. If you listen to a song like 'You Can't Hurry Love' by The Supremes I think you'll find its closer to 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl' than 'Lust for Life' ever was. And that's what Iggy said as well."
  • Jet teamed up with Iggy Pop in 2008 to record "The Wild One," a tribute to Australian rock n' roll legend Johnny O'Keefe and his old school jam of the same name. O'Keefe's original was the first Australian rock song to reach the national charts in March of 1958. Pop also recorded a version of the song under the title "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" for his 1986 album Blah Blah Blah. That version was featured prominently in several memorable '80s movies including Crocodile Dundee II, Adventures in Babysitting and Problem Child.
  • In 2011, with Jet on an unspecified hiatus, Chris Chester and Marc Wilson formed the "doom disco" side-project DAMNDOGS. Jet's touring keyboardist and percussionist Louis Macklin and Chester's cousin Mitch McIvor rounded the lineup, and the group released their debut digital EP Strange Behaviour on August 9th exclusively on iTunes. Their first gig was a last minute, awkward performance at the LA strip club Crazy Girls.
  • Jet took their name from their favorite song by Paul McCartney and Wings. Previous names they toyed with included Duosonic, Mojo Filter and High Fidelity.

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