Sydney’s Jet City Sports Club have graced our pages before with their delicate brand of jangling pop in ‘She Don’t Need No One’ (see review here) that reminded me of an antipodean version of The Sundays or The Cranberries. Their new single ‘Green Thumb’s continues their shimmering trajectory skywards with its melancholy-infused effervescent jangle and soaring choruses.
The band worked with producer Fletcher Matthews (Clews, Sweater Curse) with mastering by George Georgiagis (Debbies, The VANNS). Lilla from the band says of the track:
I started writing Green Thumb one afternoon when I looked around my apartment and realized I only had one houseplant that was still alive. So I suppose I started thinking ‘I hope I don’t neglect relationships like I do my plants!’ Jack is really good at bringing light summery and anthemic themes and fun catchy riffs into our music and so from there we just built on that before taking it first to the rehearsal studio with the band and then to Fletcher the Producer we worked on for this one.
The crystalline guitars etch gorgeous trails on the horizon while the quiet/loud attack is dramatic and euphoric as the lyrics outline an amusing observation of obsession and nurturing. The accompanying video bursts with a joyous and liberating performance with tongues firmly planted in cheeks and a bucolic, pastoral air:
Lovely stuff to brighten the day. ‘Green Thumb’ is out now and available to download and stream here. The song heralds a new direction for the band, as Lilla recounts:
Usually Jack and I will come up with the initial lyrics and chords of a song separately or sometimes together, and then we will take the new song to band practice where we will flesh out new riffs, the structure and of course Seb and Dom will come up with their bass and drum parts. We have just recently started working with Fletcher Mathews who collaborated with us on Green Thumb rewriting some structure, lyrics and parts.
The result confirms Jet City Sports Club place as a mesmerising force. They will be out and about touring the east coast of Australia in September and October: details and tickets below.
Friday, August 19, Hoey Moey Coffs Harbour, NSW* tickets
*Supporting The Vanns
Saturday August 20, Yamba Bowlo, Yamba, NSW*tickets
*Supporting The Vanns
Saturday, August 27 Bonny Hills Tavern, Port Macquarie, NSW free entry
Saturday, September 17, Oxford Arts Gallery Bar, Sydney, NSW tickets
Green Thumb Single Launch
(Supports by Organs + Euterpe)
Saturday September 24, Dicey Rileys Wollongong, NSW free entry
Saturday, October 22, Last Chance Rock n Roll Bar, Melbourne, VIC ticket link TBA
Feature Photograph: Ruby Boland