This fall, I started playing with a few dudes from Sick Electric (Haywire is one of my favorite albums). They’ve been around playing music for a little longer than I have. Jimmy (the guitarist/vocalist) knows I’m pretty deep into the maths, and he dropped a major nugget on me: Jetpack’s one and only full-length album, released in 1999.
“Who is Jetpack?”, you may ask. Jetpack is Keith Souza’s band from the late ‘90s. “OK, but who is Keith Souza?”
Well: have you heard Battles’s Mirrored? Fang Island’s Fang Island? The Body? The Psychic Paramount? Lightning Bolt? Neptune? Daughters? Tyondai Braxton’s Central Market? Six Finger Satellite? The Chinese Stars? Yeah. Keith Souza recorded all of those at his studio, Machines with Magnets.
“Well that’s all well and good, but what does the thing actually sound like?” You’re pretty insistent with the questions there, chief. But trust me, the thing sounds fucking awesome. Angular riffs. Fuzz bass. Strained vocal harmonies. Weird songs. Snaky grooves. You’re gonna want to listen to this thing over and over and over and over and over.
Jetpack has no internet presence whatsoever, and it seems like the only way to get this sweet, sweet album is through your good friends at Plenty of Swords!