Escape to Radlands with Mystery Jets
(+ show at U. St. Music Hall)
I have multiple soft-spots for Mystery Jets. Perhaps its the tightly-wound British indie sound, reminiscent of We Are Scientists or even David Bowie, but more likely it is the circumstances through which I last saw them live and how it ties in their most recent album, Radlands.
In March of 2011, after the success of “Twenty One” and the slightly more moderate success of “Seratonin”, the band hit the road headed for – where else? – Austin, TX. They played a secret day-show I was privileged to see, hosted by Neon Gold. Admittedly, I was in attendance to see other bands on the line up, but stayed for their set and was basically blown away by their energy, vocal drive and ability to get a crowd kickin’ up their heels. The band left the show and immediately holed up in a country house outside Austin for a few months to record their latest album – Radlands (coincidentally also the best bar name ever).
Check out the video below (or above?) detailing their Radlands adventure. If it isn’t pure Rock n Roll…I don’t know what is.
This Thursday, Neon Gold is teaming up with All Things go to bring me Mystery Jets yet again – this time significantly closer to my doorstep: U Street Music Hall (RSVP and get tickets here).
Words by McKee Floyd