Warbly Jets Interview With MADE NY

Warbly Jets at Beat Kitchen in Chicago by Jenna Putnam

Warbly Jets at Beat Kitchen in Chicago by Jenna Putnam

Can you get any more ‘rock star’ than musicians lying on the airport floor, surrounded by guitar cases and gear, waiting to fly to the next gig? You can, if the musicians in question are the formerly NYC now LA based foursome Warbly Jets who are quickly becoming the talk of the town in the LA music scene. Photographer Jenna Putnam followed them around on tour and snapped the boys chilling in hotel rooms, at shows, and casually laying on the floor wearing angel wings.

 

"It’s a rainy February morning, the sun is coming up, and I’m on a plane to Chicago with one of Los Angeles’ most promising rock ‘n’ roll bands. The Warbly Jets, as their name suggests, have quickly become the talk of the town. Whether controversial or not, the Jets have been compared to 90s icons like Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Oasis. After they played a month long sold out residency at The Satellite I was sent on assignment to document their tour.

 

Having spent endless hours traveling in vans with them and feeling the energy before and after every show, I was able to see first hand the hard work that goes into creating such a visceral experience. There was never a dull moment.

 

I sat down with Julien O’niell and Samuel Shea of Warbly Jets at their studio in Los Angeles to catch up and discuss inspiration and what it means to be an artist."

 

Do you guys feel like you’ve grown or improved since the residency?

 

Yeah. Absolutely. Dramatically. That was a good opportunity just to play consistently in the same venue night after night, and just sort of hone in on some things a little bit.

 

Sam:

Yeah I mean I think we started getting a lot better after we did that last tour in December. But to have a thing here in LA give you more opportunity to try things because it was so close to home. Even apart from just musically, to try fun things on a production scale. I think it just gave us more opportunity to hone in on what we were doing.

 

Jules:

It brought in the opportunity to experiment as well.

 

Sam:

And then on top of that just having a weekly thing where you’re preparing something new in what ever way you can for that moment.

 

You guys are really fun to be around and touring was pure entertainment. What do you think it is that makes you guys get along so well and find that balance with each other?

 

Jules:

I don’t know it’s kind of a rarity for bands to get along so well especially when they don’t grow up together and have that instilled in them, but we’ve always famously gotten along really well.

 

 

 

Sam:

I think there are a lot of big personalities in the band but they’re kind of big in different avenues they don’t really cross over too much.

 

Jules:

Everyone is in their own lane and we’re all just on this highway going really fast. (laughs)

 

Who does most of the writing for your songs?

 

Sam:

Me and Jules historically have done probably the most together. Dan got involved in the writing with us after we’d been playing for 5 or 6 months. So it’s been kind of a fair share between the 3 of us. But yeah it goes back and forth. We don’t do too much sitting down in a room playing instruments writing as the band it’s more like kind of round-robining on different instruments and coming up with new ideas and bouncing things off of each other until it turns into a greater whole.

 

What are some of the things that are most important to you guys about being an artist?

 

Jules:

The outlet. The ability to travel while staying put basically. Sort of lose yourself in something and create an outlet that can affect other people as well. It’s a really significant thing that gets taken for granted by a lot of people who make music. And a lot of people are very envious of it.

 

It’s definitely something to be envious about.

 

Sam:

Yeah for me it’s definitely along a similar line. I think more so on the side of the idea of being able to speak to other people and take personal experiences and learn how to relate them to a greater life experience that we all have, I guess. That’s really important for me and something I really enjoy when you can really tap into something where art kinda just flows through you versus some grandiose idea.

 

It’s sort of an internal and external experience.

 

Sam:

Yeah like deciding which direction you might want to send something out and how to let that energy flow and then let the energy do the flowing on it’s own once you have a direction of where you want it to proceed to.

 

 

 

 

Is it difficult to share something that’s so personal with so many people?

 

Sam:

I think it’s kind of for people so to me it doesn’t really seem that way. I’m always excited to see how people react to it but never scared to show them. Cuz while it is really personal it’s also created for people. We’re not making these songs or playing just to sit in this room and play for ourselves. We wanna share that with other people.

 

Jules:

We’re making music that we like for other people, basically.

 

I think my favorite part about taking these photos and spending time with you guys is the fact that this is sort of new and exciting for everyone, and being able to document the beginning of something is really special. What have been some of your favorite experiences so far?

 

Jules:

Mostly just traveling and getting to see different places and the way different people live and respond to things. In terms of actual highlight moments there’s been a lot of good parties, a lot of really fun times. Playing basketball with those kids was pretty fun.

 

Sam:

Yeah that was cool.

 

Jules:

Played a pickup game. 5 on 5 with those 10 year olds. We got schooled a little bit but we were in boots so there was not much we could do.

 

Yeah it was hilarious watching that. I feel like that Daytrotter session was really cool too, it was a lot of good vibes.

 

Jules:

Yeah, that was really cool too.

 

Sam:

That was super fun.

 

Yeah I think it’s fun for me just like seeing all these different cities and checking out the culture. And whether or not I sit and talk with somebody for a long time and get to know them, getting to see what people act like in different areas of the country is always very interesting to me. To see how other people live cuz it’s so much different than Los Angeles.

 

 

Do you feel like Los Angeles is a good place to be right now?

 

Jules:

Yes.

 

Sam:

Yeah bigtime. I think it’s a great place to be.

 

I think there’s a lot happening here and it almost reminds me of New York a long time ago, in the sense that there’s such a strong community of artists and musicians. It seems like the epicenter of everything right now.

 

Sam:

There are so many people moving here that are recognizing that now. And I’m sure it’s been going on for a while but I can definitely see a difference even since we’ve been here. I feel like there’s more going on now…that might be just getting plugged in more and knowing more about it but it seems like something is definitely growing here that’s really cool and I’m definitely super pumped to be a part of it.

 

For sure. What are you guys going to be doing in the U.K.?

 

Jules:

We’re playing shows in Europe very soon. We haven’t quite announced those dates… we’re still waiting to hear about everything being finalized. We’re just gonna be playing shows around the U.K. and make little stops off here and there in other countries.

 

 

How do you feel about social media as a band?

 

I think it’s cool. I don’t really have a problem with it. I think that there are some aspects of social media that I really don’t like but as as a band I think that it’s a good thing. It’s a good way for people to see your art on a platform that’s easy for everybody to digest. But I don’t necessarily like how scenes work based off of how many instagram followers you have and getting into certain clubs or bars or whatever. It doesn’t matter to me if you’re nobody or somebody.

 

Jules:

Yeah there are parts of it that I love and hate. I don’t really like that it’s required and that statistics matter so much. I think that that is a horrible way to perceive an artist. But I do like the ease of connection and ease of access that people have of staying up to date and actually talking to bands that people like and respect.

 

 

 

 

Are you excited for the show on Thursday?

 

Jules:

Yes. We’re playing a show at the Bootleg. First headline show outside of the residency and there’s a bunch of great bands playing.

 

Sam:

Yeah it’s gonna be cool. Starcrawler is an awesome band.

 

They’re like in high school right?

 

Jules:

I don’t know how young they are but they are young for sure.

 

Sam:

I heard rumors that they were like 16, 17…

 

Jules:

I heard that they were like 11…basically…(laughing)

 

Sam:

They’re cool as fuck though I just saw them the other night at Monty Bar for the second time and it was really cool. I like the guitarist a lot I think he’s super rad. He has a cool rockstar personality and really big guitar sounds and I’m stoked to have them playing with us. It’s going to be a fun night of rock ‘n’ roll.

WARBLY JETS’ RESIDENCY WITH MAGIC WANDS + L.A. WITCH + CALVIN LOVE @ THE SATELLITE

Los Angeles-based Warbly Jets is in the midst of their January Monday night residency at The Satellite. During the second week, they played amongst a packed room of friends and intrigued onlookers. Warbly Jets gave a loud and impressive performance in front of an American flag backdrop. 

The foursome, which formed back in 2015, is comprised of singer-guitarist Samuel Shea, keyboardist Julien O’Neill, Justin Goings on drums and Dan Gerbang on bass. Since the release of their single “Alive” back in November, the band is rapidly creating a buzz with their American rock ‘n’ roll sound. 

Don’t miss them the 23rd and/or 30th at The Satellite.

Giving the evening an impressive start was Canadian native Calvin Love. Love emits a gorgeous, cool and collected sound which allured us almost instantly. His 2015 release Super Future is highly recommended and available for stream through bandcamp.

We can’t seem to get enough of L.A. Witch. Fronted by Sade Sanchez on guitar/vocals, Irita Pai on bass and Ellie English on drums, L.A. Witch delivered a strong, dark surf rock sound with a haunting blues-like edge. Their 7″ is almost sold out. It includes “Brian” and “Untitled” which aren’t available online until their full-length is released this year. 

Dream pop duo Chris and Lexy Valentine of Magic Wands ended the evening. Coming in hot off their 2016 release Jupiter, it was no surprise that Magic Wands had fully entranced us with their infectious sounds. Joining the duo onstage were Tommy Alexander on bass and Keith Crutchfield on drums, whom are now new additions to the band. With elements of post punk and an upbeat ethereal sound, Magic Wands continues to perfect their noteworthy craft.

SPOTLIGHT: HERE COME THE WARBLY JETS

Warbly Jets are not your average run of the mill Rock 'n' Roll foursome. They have a clear vision and they know exactly where they want to go - all the way to the top. They've got the talent and the charisma and now the next step is world domination. With their latest single "Alive" having been premiered last week on Matt Wilkinson's Apple Music Beats1 radio show, people are already starting to ask, "Who are Warbly Jets and where can we hear more?" We caught up with the boys to discuss the single, how they came together to create Warbly Jets and what's to come in the near future. via Foxes
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Warbly Jets @Non Plus Ultra 8/5


THE WORST, WARBLY JETS, and LOVERMAN are playing at Non Plus Ultra in Los Angeles this Friday @9 pm $5 at the door