CALIFORNIA GARAGE ROCKERS JET TRASH DEBUT VIDEO
FOR NEW SINGLE “WHAT THEY WANT” VIA KCRW
Jet Trash Photo [L-R]: Robby Justesen, Marshall Fassino, Keith Shughrou, Paul Kemp. Photo by Theodore Maider.
Watch the new video for Jet Trash’s “What They Want” at KCRW
Read the glowing review of Jet Trash’s self-titled debut EP at Exclaim
Listen to Jet Trash’s new self-titled debut EP at PopMatters
Stream Jet Trash songs below
– Stream the “What They Want”
RIYL: Beach Fossils, Surfer Blood, The Ventures, Joy Division, Fidlar, Twin Peaks
Jan. 5, 2016 — Trend-setting Los Angeles radio station KCRW has just premiered the video for Jet Trash’s new single “What They Want,” from the California garage rockers’ recent self-titled debut EP. This comes on the heels of press at top outlets such as Consequence of Sound, Death & Taxes, Paste, CMJ, Impose, PopMatters, KCRW & Clash Music, and song placements on MTV and the USA Network.
Jet Trash know what it means to be a quintessential West Coast band. They proudly carry the torch of their predecessors The Sonics and The Ventures, joining the ranks of aforementioned Bay Area contemporaries Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees in cranking out modern indie-rock updates on classic ’60s garage-surf. Armed with vintage Fenders and reverb-soaked tube amps, the band’s energetic lo-fi anthems have a youthful immediacy, their massive hooks curling like breaking waves. It’s a sound that has already won the hearts of Jet Trash’s hometown, The Deli SF voting them one of the best up-and-coming bands of 2014 and The Bay Bridged dubbing them “the cream of the crop” of San Francisco locals. Now, with their self-titled debut EP receiving coverage at tastemaking outlets such as Consequence of Sound, Death and Taxes, KCRW, PopMatters, Clash, Exclaim & CMJ, they’re taking the international stage.
Listen to songs from Jet Trash’s new self-titled debut EP
The band’s new self-titled debut EP (out now) is an unabashedly earnest look at the band’s home state of California as a blessed Neverland that incubates true freedom and individuality. The record brims with DIY surf culture. It prefers analog in a digital world. It’s what the band calls “anti-Bed Bath & Beyond music.” Comprised of Paul Kemp (rhythm guitar, vocals), Keith Shughrou (lead guitar, backing vocals) Marshall Fassino (bass, vocals) and Robby Justesen (drums), Jet Trash radiates an atmosphere of unchecked fun and reckless adventure—a rallying cry to participate in the abandon of youth.
The new EP was recorded at legendary Bill Putnam-designed studio Coast Recorders in San Francisco by veteran producer/engineer Andy Freeman (Manchester Orchestra, Eisley, City Tribe, Say Anything’s Max Bemis). Freeman added a modern sheen and a conscious accessibility to Jet Trash’s punk-rock spirit, balancing out the trademark gritty impetuousness of the band’s live performances. The tracks are peppered with unique experiments in gang vocals, wild howling, maxi-pad drum muting and wall-of-sound echoplex guitars. Together, Freeman and the band utilized modern recording techniques with vintage gear, creating the classic yet fresh sound captured on the Jet Trash EP.
“There’s something about pushing a tube amp too hard,” Kemp says. “It’s the lifeblood of this genre. Our whole aesthetic is simple on purpose. Nothing is convoluted. On stage, everyone wears black, no logos. We keep it minimalist. At the end of the day, it’s more honest that way. We’re four friends playing music—this is who we are. We write our music to be urgent and memorable. Andy was really able to run with our vision.”
Kemp grew up on the beaches of Southern California, eventually moving to San Francisco under the pretense of attending grad school. Really, he just wanted to play music. In 2013, he met Fassino at the organic grocery store where they both worked, stumbled on Shughrou at a backyard barbecue, and ended up borrowing Justesen from a different band they played in together. The four became fast friends and soon started making music together as Jet Trash.
“For me, it started as a side project but quickly turned into my main band,” Fassino says. “It felt right from pretty early on. Being in Jet Trash has helped me open up. I’d never been in a group that starts with a riff and builds it together from there. I’m bringing a much more vibrant energy to the music than ever before. We’re not here to lament the past—we’re here to have a good time. Hopefully the people will have as much fun listening as we do playing.”
With the Jet Trash EP out now, the band is currently writing for their follow-up full-length. “There’s a lot of nuance in writing a two-minute pop song,” Kemp says. “I let the talents of the other guys make up for what I lack. Keith is an incredible guitar player, I bring a little grittiness, Marshall’s vocal layering brings out his own character, and Robby’s drumming really adds an intensity. Our individual contributions shine by the end of each song. It’s a group. That’s the secret formula.”
“Old souls who get a kick out of revisiting ’60s surf rock, updating it with their own refreshing spin … their songs feel polished as heck—they’re tight and bite swiftly like the music of their California brethren Thee Oh Sees and Fidlar.” – Consequence of Sound
“A gleefully relentless rush. … Enough of their own style and swagger to guarantee your undying devotion.”
“Everything you want from a young rock & roll band.” – PopMatters
“Created in the grand Californian tradition of garage pop … lovelorn lyrics and airtight hooks that manages to remain rough around the edges. It’s got echoes of Surfer Blood, Beach Fossils, Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin, masters of sweet and sour all. Listen … as you dream of sunshine and ice cream cones.” – Death and Taxes
“Jet Trash hail from San Francisco, an area perhaps best known for its golden generation / flower children vibes. Sure, the band nod towards that period, but there’s something deliciously evil and ever-so-slightly dark about their sound.” – Clash
“Jet Trash’s surfy licks gleam like sunspots off the Pacific Coast highway, separating them from the dominant Castle Face crowd and towards ‘ brighter take on the trash.” – CMJ
“Dive pub punky pop with powerful lead guitars that bring some beach getaway affections that remain dreaming forever of west coast, Ocean Beach escapism.” – Impose
“Pure, unadorned ’60s surf with a bite, absolutely shameless rock & roll. Jet Trash oozes authenticity.”
“Gritty summertime anthems. … These guys prefer analog over digital and that endearing lo-fi static hums through their songs.” – PureVolume
“Perfect for jamming while heading to the beach.” – The Deli Magazine NYC
“A blend of Best Coast with surf-rock acts like Beach Fossils and Surfer Blood … encapsulates these hot, breezy summer days quite perfectly.” – I Heart Moosiq
“There’s about a million garage bands running around San Francisco these days. Luckily Jet Trash showed promise and rose to the top of the mountain. There’s something about all members of the band singing retro melodies at the top of their lungs that is just too much fun to ignore.” – The Bay Bridged