Gibraltar’s iconic indie rock band Jetstream is releasing a full album this September, a collection of their smashing hits The Last Goodbye and Delta Blues, as well as their new single Worth the Wait, released shortly after their Summer Nights’ live concert last July, and a few more surprises on the lines of their acclaimed pop-rock with a local twist style.
“Our songs remain true to the indie rock sound we’ve been producing since our first recordings,” the band says. “However, the new ones reflect a more advanced sound, and carry messages for the listeners. Inspiration comes from different directions: personal occurrences, world news or fiction, like book or movies.”
The band has been performing over half of their new songs, even if incomplete, at the UK venues and they reckon that they are going down with the crowds better than their classics like Lala and F5.
Frontman Nolan Frendo and lead guitarist Stuart Whitwell wrote the lyrics and the bulk of musical arrangements: “Writing songs is a constant journey and songwriters always strive for improvement and originality of their craft,” they say. “The more you write and test it with an audience, the more natural it becomes for the musician, who shouldn’t be afraid of trying new things, breaking barriers and showcasing the product to band mates and fans.”
The Last Goodbye, which isn’t at all signalling the band’s retirement from the music scene, like some fans dreaded at the time of its release – phew! – is included in the album, as it has been their hit throughout summer at UK festivals and Costa del Sol hip gigs: “The song speaks about someone who is no longer able to continue living amongst us and takes a last breath whilst offering their last goodbye – a very touching and powerful theme.”
Writing songs is a constant journey
Delta Blues and The Last Goodbye feature artistically designed videos available on social media platforms and the band is committed to continue their trend of offering high-end visual support to their audio, since they enjoy devising and producing them, although this is time-consuming work that, like live performances and rehearsals, has to be juggled with band members’ work and personal life: “There have been times when some members weren’t able to make certain shows but we have that ‘show must go on’ attitude and try our best to adhere to our commitments.”
Surfing the UK festival circuit has been a learning curve: “The biggest eye opener was to understand that there’s a whole new world out there who have never heard our material, therefore it is essential to give our all on every performance to showcase our music in the best light,” the band says. “We have had nothing but positive experiences so far: organisers have been amazing with us, our co-performers have always been warm and welcoming backstage, so it’s nothing but love! The only downside are the extensive hours travelling to and from venues.”
And they flash some namedropping too: “We have been fortunate enough to perform alongside Jason Derulo, Alesha Dixon, Tinie Tempah, Toploader, The Feeling etc. We’re realistic and we know how our career is all work in progress.”
Jetstream believe their music fits well the festival atmosphere, prompting positive response and crowd sing along to what they describe their ‘poppy choruses’: “The element of indie lick and rocky riffs helps in giving us an edge which the listeners may identify themselves with.”
“We have that ‘show must go on’ attitude.”
They believe that there’s only one set formula when trying to get into any musical circuit: “It’s all about hard work, about being persistent to the point of annoyance. It’s about putting yourself out there to an extreme and being noticed, whether it’d be via constant phone calls or numerous emails until the festival or concert organisers decide they’ll hear you out. Once they do, you sell the product to them and hope for the best. We work tirelessly, and this has come to fruition in many cases. The more we perform, the higher the exposure, the bigger the chance people can connect with us and end up following what we do. There’s no other set formula in this business than hard work – there’s no luck involved.”
Jetstream formed in November 2007, when Nolan and Justin Pou were rehearsing for the New Year’s Eve Casemates concert: “Before we knew it, with the addition of Stuart and our former drummer Nick, Jetstream was born. This means we have now been at it for eleven years, although we’ve only been writing our own material for five. With Aaron [Ignacio, guitar] and Tristan [Tonna, drums] now on board we feel we have the strongest formation ever.”
Their secret is friendship. “Of course, having a band that gels and gets on well together certainly helps but it’s not the ‘be all and end all’. As with every band there are difficult moments but we always see the bigger picture and try and clear out those moments in order to advance,” they claim.
And they assure their fans that there will be more songs, more releases, more concerts, more festivals – no doubt about that. This couldn’t be achieved without the band’s broad fanship, whom there are giving a huge shout-out and thanks. They conclude: “We would make no sense if it wasn’t for those who follow us. We are extremely fortunate to have amazing people support us and we hope we can continue to make you all proud.”