I was lucky enough to interview Jetboy (for HRH TV) prior to their first UK appearance at Hard Rock Hell Sleaze in September 2018. We talked in depth about their new album and how excited they were for it coming out, and boy it does not disappoint.
This is their first totally full, new album since 1990. It features the long-standing members of Mickey Finn – vocals, Fernie Rod – guitars, Billy Rowe – guitars and Eric Stacey – bass (former Faster Pussycat) and Al Serrato on drums.
‘Born to Fly’ (their 9th release) kicks off with the musical ferocity of ‘Beating the Odds’ that has a bluesy undertone with wailing guitars, anthemic vocals all carried along by the groove of Eric and Al. I think a lot of listeners will identify with this and it could easily have been the title track.
Next up is the title track and its another banger. It initially has a feel reminiscent of 80’s Los Angeles on the Sunset Strip, but with an edgier modern slant. It features a kind of gang vocal on the chorus and I started to sing along on my first listen. The third track ‘Old Dog New Tricks’ starts with a southern vibe that perfectly complements Mickey’s harmonica. I could imagine this track being used for a car chase in a movie. The ‘Way You Move Me’ opens up with acoustic guitar, which leads in perfectly to an organ and informs us it is time to slow down a little. Inspired by Mickey’s firstborn son – this is absolute cracker and could easily be played on more commercial radio stations.
The remainder of the album maintains a similar groove to the former tracks and demonstrates excellent song writing ability without comprise. They have drawn on their influences of 70’s and 80’s classic rock and combined that with a punk spirit whish make this album an absolute cracker. I am always wary when reviewing an album that the next track might be a filler but I am pleased to say that is not the case with ‘Born To Fly’. This is good honest rock’n’roll at its finest and if you only buy one album this year, you wouldn’t go far wrong buying this one.
There are a few guests on this album but I’ll let you see if you can work out who! Jetboy absolutely smashed HRH Sleaze and with this new album firmly under their belts maybe now is the time for Jetboy to rise up to the heights where they truly belong.
WORDS : Lyndon Webb