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Mystery Jets

Mystery Jets is an English four-piece indie band, formerly based on Eel Pie Island in Twickenham, London.

The band's first line-up consisted of Blaine on drums, William on guitar and Henry (Blaine's father) on bass. Henry became a second guitarist in the band and they were joined by Kai on bass, as well as Tamara on keyboards. The band at this time recorded an eponymous EP with Aswad producer Nick Sykes. Blaine (whose voice had yet to break) took lead vocals. Tamara left the band, and Blaine switched from drums to keyboards. The band had a brief stint with a friend of Will (k ...read more

Mystery Jets is an English four-piece indie band, formerly based on Eel Pie Island in Twickenham, London.

The band's first line-up consisted of Blaine on drums, William on guitar and Henry (Blaine's father) on bass. Henry became a second guitarist in the band and they were joined by Kai on bass, as well as Tamara on keyboards. The band at this time recorded an eponymous EP with Aswad producer Nick Sykes. Blaine (whose voice had yet to break) took lead vocals. Tamara left the band, and Blaine switched from drums to keyboards. The band had a brief stint with a friend of Will (known only as Max) on drums, but he was unreliable and for a time a drum machine was used. The band advertised on internet message boards for a drummer and found Kapil.

The Eel Pie Island EP was recorded soon after, and then the band issued its first proper single, a limited edition 7" of "Zoo Time", on Transgressive Records. They went on to sign to 679 Recordings. After a number of singles in 2005, the start of 2006 saw the band gain their highest charting single with "The Boy Who Ran Away", play the ShockWaves NME Awards Tour and make their first appearance on Top of the Pops. The band's debut UK album, Making Dens, was released on March 6th 2006.

On 18 September 2006, the band put on a tribute show to Syd Barrett, one of their biggest influences. The show was put on at the Union Chapel in Islington, London. Performers were Kid Harpoon, Lupen Crook, Kate Nash, Dan Treacy and the Television Personalities, Drew from Babyshambles, Ben from SixToes, Lucas from the Cazals and Mystery Jets. The groups created a special fanzine made for the show with entries from all the performers and artwork by the bands.

December 2006 saw the band release "Umbrellahead / Half In Love With Elizabeth" through its MySpace site to competition winners. The two tracks were produced by Erol Alkan and were meant to be part of a ten-inch vinyl acoustic EP, but that idea was scrapped. Throughout 2007 the band wrote new songs (including "Hand Me Down", "Pink Elephant" and "Undercover Lover", the latter two being renamed "Veiled In Grey and "Hideaway" and all three being included on their album "Twenty One") and played more gigs around the world, especially in America where they released their debut album Zootime (a collection of tracks from Making Dens, as well as EPs and singles) on May 8th, through Dim Mak Records.

Henry Harrison decided to stop playing live with the band shortly afterwards, but is still very much involved and went into the studio with the rest of the band. At the end of 2007 the band went on a short club show across the UK, and released a free Christmas single, "Flakes".

Their second album, "21" was released on March 24th, 2008. Produced by Erol Alkan and mixed by renowned producer Nick Launay, it was preceded by the single Young Love featuring Laura Marling, released on March 10, 2008. The second single released from the album was "Two Doors Down". It reached 24 in the U.K charts, their highest position so far.

On Sunday 8th June 2008 the band played at the Scottish RockNess music festival which attracted over 35,000 music lovers - the bands set was broadcast on national UK broadcaster, Hitz Radio. The band also spoke backstage about their rise to fame, reviving the eighties and how they plan to take over the world « hide

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Radlands
04/30/2012

3.8
12 Votes
Serotonin
2010

3.6
17 Votes
Twenty One
2008

3.5
22 Votes
Zootime
2007

Making Dens
2006

3.7
3 Votes

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