As they approach their 30th anniversary in 2019, one of Australia’s most loved and respected rock bands, The Screaming Jets, is gearing up for the release of a very special record – ‘Gotcha Covered’.
Gotcha Covered, the eighth full-length album from The Jets, has been largely inspired by the band’s favourite radio hits of the last 50+ years, and songs that evoke nostalgic reference to the past. The Screaming Jets salute an eclectic collection of Aussie artists with their own trademark interpretation of songs from The Easybeats, Men At Work, Paul Kelly, The Angels, You Am I, Hoodoo Gurus, INXS and AC/DC, just to name a few.
Gotcha Covered opens with an energetic and hard-hitting cover of The Easybeats’ 1965 hit Wedding Ring, the earliest song to be covered on the album. Being harder, faster and louder than the original, Wedding Ring proves that The Screaming Jets can very much make any song their own. This sentiment is carried throughout most of the covers album, with a majority of the tracks having a sense of recognizability while also being indistinguishably The Screaming Jets.
In the case of a select few tracks (namely being the covers of Australian Crawl’s Errol and AC/DC’s Rock and Roll Damnation), The Screaming Jets are almost disturbingly accurate with their interpretations, essentially offering a one-to-one recreation of the originals. However, though this may be the case, it is not a hindrance to the album or to the bands’ discredit, as it does justice to the tracks while also expressing the impact that they had in influencing the sound of The Screaming Jets.
The album concludes with a fourteen-minute rendition of Stevie Wright’s 1975 classic Guitar Band, which brings together a medley of sixteen of Australia’s finest guitarists to perform the behemoth of a track. Guest guitarists include Rick Brewster (The Angels), Nat Allison (Suzi Quatro) and Tim Henwood (Super Jesus/Palace of the King) among the line-up of awesome Aussie talent. Each of the guitarists featured on the track appear to have individual solos, allotting them time to express their distinctive playing styles which, though unique, complement each other perfectly. Though Guitar Band is on the longer side, being almost five times as long as the original, it does not overstay its welcome and does a great job of seeing the album out.
Easily the best thing about Gotcha Covered is the track listing, with all the songs being from beloved Australian bands without necessarily being covers of their biggest hits. Rather than Men at Work’s Down Under, the Screaming Jets covered Overkill. Rather than The Angel’s Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?, they covered Shadow Boxer. Rather than Icehouse’s Electric Blue, they covered Walls (a song from the days that Icehouse were known as Flowers). The song selection is prime, with each song being an absolute pleasure to listen to, while also reflecting the love and appreciation that The Screaming Jets have for the artists that influenced them.
Overall, Gotcha Covered is an incredibly satisfying, well-constructed and sensationally enjoyable covers album. Each and every track has a reason for being on the album and The Screaming Jets have somewhat mystifyingly kept most of the content sounding fresh and unique. The song selection is eclectic enough that it will appeal to a variety of audiences, while also introducing listeners to songs they may not have heard before. The phenomenal performances, track-listing and production quality on Gotcha Covered make the album one worth listening to on repeat.
GOTCHA COVERED WILL BE AVAILABLE ON ALL MAJOR PLATFORMS, JULY 27TH. PRE-ORDER IT HERE NOW.
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