Jet By Day – The Feedback that Distracts Us

Jet By Day
The Feedback that Distracts Us

From the first notes of the opening song on The Feedback that Distracts Us, I knew I was going to like this album. I’m all for pop, I’m all for pretty music, and I’m all for lovely song structures. But Jet By Day isn’t really about those things. Jet By Day, an Atlanta area band, is about intensity and urgency that’s as evident on their quieter moments as their loudest. That’s quite a feat, frankly, and this band shows their maturity (they’ve been playing together for over five years) in pulling it off.
Bob Weston brings out every bit of this band’s talent on their stellar debut full-length. The guitars rip away with emphatic riffs that sound like they’re taken from your favorite hardcore band and slowed down. The vocals are shouted and sung, mostly the former, with a kind of raw passion, and the rhythm chugs away with a stellar intricacy. What really sets this band apart is the fact that they never beat you over the head with power or noise, more content to focus on tight riffs, wild vocals, and an urgency pounded out of their instruments at a pace that feels like it should erupt into mayhem but never does over the course of five or six minutes.
“We may be lazy, but never uninspired” singer David Matysiak belts out on the driving opener, “Go to the Docks,” which sets the pace nicely for the whole album. Although never too fast or blazing, there’s an edgy intensity here that’s brought out perfectly through the guitars and Matysiak’s sung/shout vocals, even in the very subtle, moody breakdown halfway through the song. “Red Weather” is a bit more melodic, with a focus on layered double guitars, and Matysiak sings a bit more than shouts here, especially by the almost desperately sung, “no one said the dream was perfect.” The vocals break a bit on the raw but more emotional “Framed.”
Probably my favorite track, “Landmine” is equal parts melodic, post-hardcore rock and intense guitar and screamed vocals. It’s the mix of the two that makes the song so perfect, and Matysiak’s vocals again shine. The acoustic “The Box That Held Our Band-Aids” is just as powerful, despite its slower pace and sung vocals. The female vocals on “Ohio the Bruiser” are a great touch, providing a nice little accompaniment for Matysiak’s singing/shouting/yelping. The band has their more mellow and lovely moments, however, as shown on the wonderful instrumental “Carry Me Home” and on “Please Unring the Bell.” I’m such a sucker for a violin and cello, and the band combines those instruments with their own guitar assault to wonderful effect.
This is a fantastic release, filled with incredible guitar work and powerful vocals. Every song has a potent edge and raw urgency, whatever its pace, and the way the band managed it impresses me with each listen. Fans of the emphatic almost-hardcore rock will eat this up. For a debut, it’s hard to imagine the band getting any better.