Mystery Jets


Mystery Jets (Formed early 90's)
Mystery Jets is an English Indie rock band from London. The members are, Henry Harrison, Blaine Harrison, William Rees, and Kapil Trivedi. They are better known for their singles, "Young Love" and "Two Doors Down".

Formation: The band began in the early 90's when front man Blaine Harrison was only 12 years old. It began with Blaine on drums, his dad, Henry Harrison on bass, and Blaine's friend William Rees on guitar. Henry eventually switched from bass to guitar, which meant Kai Fish joined up to play bass. Blaine switched from drums to keyboard. Kapil Trivedi tried out for drums and got in. The band were originally meant to be called "The Misery Jets", but due to Blaine's young age at the time, his misspelling of 'misery' led to the band being renamed "The Mystery Jets".

Music Career: Around the time of the bands beginning, they recorded an EP with Asward producer, Nick Sykes. They rehearsed in a boat shed, which was built by Henry on land he bought. Due to Blaine's young age, he took lead vocals whilst waiting for his voice to break. The band's first proper single was issued through Transgressive Records, and was a limited edition 7 inch record "Zoo Time". Mystery Jets attracted huge crowds at their numerous illegal parties on El pie island, before being stopped by the police. They went on to sign with 679 Recordings. In 2005, the band released many singles, and had their TV debut on MTV's "Spanking New Music Week". In 2006, the band gained their highest charting single, "The Boy Who Ran Away". This gained them their first appearance on top of the pops. In 2006, the band released their debut album, "Making Dens". The Mystery Jets put on a tribute show for one of their biggest influences, Syd Barrett, in September 2006. Artists performed with them, including Kate Nash, Lupen Cook, and Kid Harpoon. In 2006, the band released "Umbrellahead/ Half In Love With Elizabeth". They were produced by Erol Alkan, and were meant to be apart of a 10" Vinyl, but the idea was cancelled. In 2007, the band wrote most of the songs included on their album "Twenty One", including "Hideaway", "Veiled In Grey", and "Undercover Lover". After touring in America, they released their album "Zootime" through Dim Mak Records, the same year. Shortly afterwards, Henry Harrison stopped playing live performances with the band, but continued to help with songwriting, and was still just as involved. In 2007, the band released a free Christmas single, "Flakes". On 24th March 2008, the bands second album, "Twenty One", was released. Its leading single "Young Love" which featured Laura Marling, was released before the album on the 10th of March 2008. The second single from the album, "Two Doors Down" reached 24 in the UK charts. The band left 679 Recordings in January 2009, and signed to Rough Trade Records. At the same time, they continued touring, and began writing their new album. They performed at Reading and Leeds Festival in 2010. In April 2010, the band announced their third studio album, "Serotonin". It was released on the 5th of July 2010. A free promotional single was released on the band's website, "Flash a Hungry Smile". In March 2011, the band spent 2 months writing songs together in Texas. After this, they returned to England to play summer festivals. Shortly before the release of their new album, "Radlands" in April 2012, it was announced that Kai Fish would be leaving the band. Pete Cochrane became took his place as bassist for the bands tour. To celebrate Transgressive Records 10th anniversary, the Mystery Jets along with other artists such as Dry The River performed a one-off show in London on 30th September 2014. Shortly after, Blaine announced that a new band member, Jack Flanagan, was to join the band as bassist in January 2014.

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