Mystery Jets - 'Radlands'

Mystery Jets - 'Radlands'

Growing up hasn’t been easy for Eel Pie Island’s Mystery Jets, you suspect. The south London crew went from the ragged promise of 2006 debut ‘Making Dens’ to the shiny pop perfectionism of 2008’s ‘Twenty One’. Since then, however,...

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Mystery Jets

Mystery Jets

A subverted American flag (lovingly crafted by Blaine’s mum) hangs above the stage, with ‘Radlands’ emblazoned across it. Mystery Jets are teetering on the advent of a new era; a new ‘concept’ album about America, new band members and,...

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Mystery Jets - 'Someone Purer'

Mystery Jets - 'Someone Purer'

While it’d be a stretch to herald ‘Someone Purer’ as the almighty comedown to the giddy electro-pop of MJ’s last album, ‘Serotonin’, it certainly finds Eel Pie Island’s rag-tag gang returning to a straighter indie rock’n’roll...

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Mystery Jets - 'Serotonin' (Rough Trade)

Mystery Jets - 'Serotonin' (Rough Trade)

As introductions go, Mystery Jets knew how to make a good impression back in 2005. What a joyfully bizarre romp of a first meeting it was: impromptu gigs in an Eel Pie Island boatyard heralding their arrival. A dad in the band. Deliciously...

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Live review: Mystery Jets

Live review: Mystery Jets

Was there more fun to be had in the summer of 2008 than toking on a fat one at a festival while singing ‘Two Doors Down’ in the mid-afternoon sun? Almost certainly, if you were really trying. But Mystery Jets ’ pastel-hued retro-pop gem...

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Mystery Jets

Mystery Jets

If nothing else, Mystery Jets will go down in history as the only band who have had to cope with the partial departure of the lead singer’s dad. Thankfully, Harrison Senior’s decision to semi-quit the Jets doesn’t seem to have caused too...

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Mystery Jets

Mystery Jets

Mystery Jets are in a difficult position right now. As are many of the bands who found themselves hyped to the hills back in 2005 and 2006. Their debut, ‘Making Dens’, wound its way into the hearts of an already-devoted fanbase but failed to...

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Mystery Jets

Mystery Jets

Mystery Jets’ transformation from dad-ditching rabble-rousers to epic heartbreakers continues apace with ‘Young Love’, thanks in no small part to the guest star, angel-voiced Laura Marling. A couple have “one night of love”, she writes...

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Mystery Jets

Mystery Jets

One second. When did Mystery Jets morph from the kind of unkempt rockers that the late Larrikin Love would probably think were scruffy into some kind of glorious, marathon music-makers who will undoubtedly be having you weeping all over your iPod...

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Mystery Jets: Inside Four Walls

Mystery Jets: Inside Four Walls

Having so far failed to get hipsters dread-locking their hair at the Eel Pie Island barber’s consortium and strutting down the prog-disco arm in arm with their elderly relatives, the Mystery Jets’ way of life makes its most convincing appeal...

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