reppin: tml - nyc, usa // wick records // 2004 - present // wj - la, usa // 2015 - present
sounds like: dreaming of yourself in the 70s as a kid with no responsibilities...wicked
last album drop: tml - "the mystery lights" (june 2017) // wj - tba 2017
featuring: wj - samuel shea // julien o'neil // dan gerbang // justin goings // tml - mike brandon // l solano // alex q amini
the venue: empty bottle // chicago, usa
First, I have to get this out of the way...so much hair from this show. Fortunately for the hundred plus or so humans that attended, the talent matched the wavy locks that we stared at all night. Introduce Warbly Jets and The Mystery Lights, both packed with a raw yet crafted rock sound that will rope one in right from the start. I love that these two hooked up for some dates because they complement one another so well to make for a night. WJ hails from the left side and TML from the right (I’m right in the middle!). Mystery have been giving us depth and layers of rock, blues and grunge for quite some time now, while warbly is just rolling up their sleeves and getting started….although the members within are already vets being part of past projects.
WJ // Jared, why the fuck are you writing about this band that only has one song, I thought you were an album guy...my response: fuck you, i can do what i want! Just kidding, I love you and appreciate your concern, but they did play more than one song live, that i do know. As I told mr samuel after his set, I had not heard of these guys before seeing them, but holy shit did they looks like vets out there. Honest, raw rock n’ roll with just enough attitude to make you smile as they went through their set. The sound is organic, the energy is in abundance. The riffs are clean and the vocals are quite dreamy. Yea, go listen to that one song because it is fucking awesome. The first full length from these dudes should bash any overproduced stuff out of the water and I am quite excited. Until next time in Chicago (when it is warm please!)
TML // At the foundation of tml is such a soothing, simple blues rock that is matched perfectly with mike’s vocals and that delicious lead guitarist who moves in and out of riffs and solos like its nothing. Close your eyes while they are playing and you can feel the energy coming off the instruments while simultaneously forgetting what decade it really is. The analog distortion isn’t trying to fool you and be modern, it is delivering rock n’ roll straight up. So much 60s and 70s, less talking and taking you from track to track. There is fluid energy throughout the set, but it is balanced between the members moving from singing to yelling, riffs to solos and more solos...it can keep any music fan engaged and wowed. Their latest full length, “the mystery lights,” is a treat from cover to cover, not even coming close to missing a beat when it comes to that old school grunge and punk sound. Cheers dudes
There is A LOT of music out there and a lot of it comes on false pretenses. I only met a few of these dudes briefly, but I can tell they spend countless hours challenging themselves to write that perfect riff and channeling their thoughts and energy through every track, album and performance. When bands start taking that mindset, gaining fans and getting noticed is just a side effect, no faking there.
suggested listening experience: doing anything in the world in the outdoors // getting the pep back in the step on a saturday afternoon // impressing mom and dad