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Published on the Virgin Music blog on 17/2/2011 here
The Mystery Jets have come an awfully long way. It has been four years since the release of their debut album ‘Making Dens’, a record which encapsulated their grass route beginnings in the confines of the ever cool Eel Pie Island. A second offering, two years later, cemented the Mystery Jets status as fully fledged indie stars. Including the ever catchy ‘Young Love’ with recent Brit Award winner Laura Marling, the Mystery Jets became a young indie band adored by many. Last summer saw the band release their third album ‘Serotonin’ which further built the bands reputation as a guitar band of both epic dance along masterpieces, and heartbreaking ballets.
Playing at Sheperds Bush Empire as a part of this years NME Awards Tour, The Mystery Jets were supported by fellow London bands Tribes and Fiction. Despite having previously acclaimed both bands in various music publications, neither stood a chance of outshining the meteoric applause The Mystery Jets enjoyed on their taking to the stage.
Opening their set with the slower and sparkling ‘Alice Springs’ a wave of sweet anticipation moved across the crowd. With a two thousand strong crowd capacity who were already hell bent on dancing and singing along to every note, The Mystery Jets toed with those already nuseling at the palms of their hands. Diving head first into a set of singles and favourites, ‘Young Love’, ‘Serotonin’ and ‘Young Love’ were unleashed with a such sharp precision and tightness that at times it was hard to find balance on the Shepards Bush Empire floor for a sea of dancing bodies.
Another triple of songs followed in the form of ‘Lady Grey’, ‘The Girl Is Gone’ and ‘Melt’. In a quieter vain the band need do little to woo. Those who were listening closely to the end of ‘Melt’ guessed that next to be unleashed was the massive ‘After Dark’. The highlight of the set, ‘After Dark’ saw much drunken singing along and wild dance moves to it’s infectious jungle disco beat.
The rest of the set followed suit with the opening sirens of ‘Hideaway’ before ‘Show Me The Light’ and ‘Two Doors Down’ were unleashed. Closing the set with a particularly stirring rendition of ‘Behind The Bunhouse’, the band returned moments later to open an encore with the scandalous ‘Flash A Hungry Smile’. Settling back into the wails of ‘Lorna Doone’ and ‘Flakes’, The Mystery Jets left a crowd with adoration in the hearts and baited breathe for the fourth album turn in their tracks.
Words by Robyn Lynch