VIDEO: “Greatest Hits” (Dir. by Jem Goulding) –
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Mystery Jets’ fourth album Radlands was released on June 5th in North America. The album was recorded in Austin, Texas and Streatham, London and was co-produced by Mystery Jets and Dan Carey (Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand, Emiliana Torrini). The band will be touring North America in June, opening for Keane.
Click here to watch a video about the making of the “Greatest Hits” single cover art
Mystery Jets are Blaine Harrison, Will Rees and Kapil Trivedi. On the making of the album Radlands, Blaine explains:
We’ve always wanted to make a record in America and after touring Serotonin the time felt perfect to go and do it. Our first three albums were entirely conceived and recorded in London so going out to Austin felt like the furthest place from everything we knew. We arrived with a handful of songs, but one in particular felt like it captured the spirit of why we had come there. It was called Radlands (a fusion of the 1970s Terrence Malick film Badlands and Redlands, Keith Richard’s Sussex estate), which is also what we named our studio; a big old wooden house on the banks of the Colorado river.
All we brought on the plane were the guitars on our backs, so we ended up borrowing all this amazing valve gear from an old guy called jack who ran a little studio up in the hills-which is why the songs sound the way they do. In the daytime we wrote lyrics on the porch and in the evenings a family of deer would gather in the back yard to hear us play. Some nights we drove into town to drink and bring people back to play on the songs.
When we arrived home, it was hard to believe any of it even happened. It somehow all felt like a strange dream. But when Dan Carey heard it and invited us down to his studio we listened back to everything and it was all there, it was real. All we were missing were some gospel singers, which he found in the Streatham community ladies choir…
Twelve months on, and we are gearing up to take Radlands on the road. Its been a long time and we cannot wait to see you all again.
The limited edition double vinyl format of Radlands (500 copies only) will include a 32+ page illustrated comic called Radlands – The Ballad of Emmerson Lonestar and features covers by Eisner Award-winning British comic artist Glenn Fabry, famous for his work on Preacher and The Authority. Richard Elms co-wrote the comic with Mystery Jets and this is his first published comic.
14 June 2012 Music Center At Strathmore North Bethesda, MD *
14 June 2012 All Things Gold Washington DC (Late show)
15 June 2012 Beacon Theatre New York NY *
16 June 2012 Merriam Theater Philadelphia PA *
18 June 2012 Olympia de Montreal Montreal QC *
19 June 2012 The Sound Academy Toronto ON *
21 June 2012 Marathon Music Works Nashville TN *
22 June 2012 Vic Theatre Chicago IL *
23 June 2012 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee WI *
27 June 2012 The Satellite Los Angeles CA #