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The Jet Age


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    Ladies, Don't Cry Tonight
  2. 2.
    Maybe Love's a Transmission
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    I Could Spend the Whole Day in Bed
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    It Cuts Both Ways
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    Come Lie Down - Adam Franklin, Mark Gardener
The Jet Age are a power trio from Washington, D.C. whose thematic, politically charged indie rock has been compared to bands like the Wedding Present, Hüsker Dü, and the Who.
Following the breakup of his more conventional power pop act the Hurricane Lamps in 2004, singer/songwriter Eric Tischler quickly formed the Jet Age with bassist Dave Meyer and drummer Pete Nuwayser. During sessions for their first album, Meyer was replaced by former Hurricane Lamps bandmate Greg Barrett on bass. That debut, Breathless, was released on their own Sonic Boomerang label in 2006. During the writing sessions for the follow-up, Tischler wrote three songs in widely divergent musical styles but despaired at making them logically fit on the same album until he recalled an interview quote from one of his musical heroes, Pete Townshend, who claimed that songwriting always came easier if he had a "brief" to write to. Inspired by the idea of writing a Quadrophenia-like concept album, Tischler created a through line for the songs that was informed by his own political pessimism and fears about the safety of his wife and two children. Their ambitious second album, What Did You Do During the War, Daddy?, was released in late 2007, followed two years later by their more intimate third LP, In Love. Continuing in their preferred sociopolitical vein, the Jet Age's fourth album, 2012's Domestic Disturbances, addresses themes of emotional fallout from the failing U.S. economy. Released in 2014, Jukebox Memoir eschewed the band's typical conceptual style in favor of songs that paid homage to various bands that inspired them. One year later, Destroy. Rebuild resumed their politically themed narrative with a set of songs written against the backdrop of the 2014 midterm elections and the Ferguson, Missouri riots. ~ Timothy Monger & Stewart Mason, Rovi


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