The Screaming Jets the premiere Newcastle based Australian Rock Band...
The Screaming Jets’ motto was taken from The West Side Story, and to those who are believers, it will always ring true; 'When you’re a Jet you’re a Jet all the way, from your first cigarette to your last dyin’ day.'
Dave Gleeson and Grant Walmsley met at Hamilton Marist Brothers High School and formed a band called Aspect in 1984. In 1987 Aspect released a self-titled EP and celebrated their 303rd gig together. The following year Aspect played on Goat Island in Sydney Harbour as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations. By early 1989 the Screaming Jets (The Jets) a pub rock band was formed by adding Paul Wooseen, Brad Heaney 1989-1993, and Richard Lara 1989-1993. Craig Rosevear 1993-2000 replaced Brad Heaney on Drums, Jimi 'The Human' Hocking 1993-1997 replaced Richard Lara on Guitar, Izzy Osmanovich 1997 replaced Hocking in 1997, Col Hatchman 2001-2005 replaced Craig Rosevear on drums and Mickl Sayers 2006 replaced Col Hatchman on drums. They played their first gig as The Love Bombs and later change their name to The Screaming Jets.
The Jets were influenced by Australian bands such as AC/DC, The Angels and Rose Tattoo.
In 1989 the Screaming Jets won the Triple J national Battle of the Bands, they did a national tour Supporting The Angels, in the early 1990’s they relocated to Sydney, by the middle of the 1990’s the Screaming Jets signed a recording contract with INXS manager Chris Murphy of Roo Art (Polygram) home to Ratcat, The Hummingbirds, Wendy Matthews and Absent Friends.
The band entered the studio with producer Steve James (Sex Pistols, Thin Lizzy and Mental as Anything) in the mid-1990’s to record the debut EP, The Scorching Adventures of... The Screaming Jets. Tracks included: C'mon', Sister Tease, and Shine on.
Screaming Jets made their debut album All For One (rooArt/Phonogram) in 1991, the single Better charted on The National Australian charts within the top ten along with Stop the World and Shine On. The Jets were based in the United Kingdom for two years following All for Ones release and toured across the UK, Europe and the United States of America where in Los Angeles, The Jets recorded 16 demo tracks at Frank Zappa's Joe's Garage Studio. Additional tracks on All for One in 1991 include: Needle, Rocketman, Blue Sashes and F.R.C. (Fat Rich C*nts) which Gleeson would dedicate to Michael Gudinski or Russ Hinze. The Screaming Jets was dropped from its support slot for the Divinyls' national tour `officially' because of Gleeson's repeated onstage swearing. In 1991 they did their first world tour, including shows in the USA with Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.
In 1992-3 the album Tears of Thought produced by Steve James and mixed by American Micajah Ryan (Guns N Roses).... named after a painting by a patient at the Children's Hospital in Campertown, Sydney (rooArt/Warners) released a cover of Boys Next Door's Shivers and saw the Screaming Jets back in the charts. Additional tracks on Tears of Thought in 1992 include: Dream On, Meet Anybody, Here I Go, Helping Hand, Tunnel, Think and Living in England.
In 1992 with the Kill Your Idols national tour. The band's third EP, `Living in England' (June 1992), included covers of Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues and AC/DC's Ain't No Fun (Waiting to Be a Millionaire). The EP remained at #1 on the Newcastle singles chart for more than 20 weeks. The Jets supported Thunder on UK dates through 1992. They appeared at the closing of the Rock Am Ring Festival in Germany in front of 50,000 rock fans.
The Jets returned to the UK in April 1993 to support roots-rockers The Choirboys and the European tour supporting US rockers Ugly Kid Joe. The Screaming Jets went to the USA touring with Def Leppard and Ugly Kid Joe.
On return to Australia the Jets supported UK group The Almighty. They played around 300 shows a year and enjoyed a national chart success with the ballad; Helping Hand goes Gold in 1994. Then The Jets released the video compilation Insanitary.
They recorded a third LP in 1995, with producer Robbie Adams who had engineered (two U2 studio albums and Smashing Pumpkins) and the LP was mixed in New York by Kevin "Caveman" Shirley (Aerosmith, silverchair). The self-titled album (rooArt/Warners) known as the 'Gorilla' album was launched via live webcast.
By September 1995 The Screaming Jets made its debut at #5 on the national chart, and produced the CD singles Friend of Mine and Sacrifice. The Jets continued to tour, recording a fourth album, World Gone Crazy, at the end of 1996.
1996-1997 The Screaming Jets released their 4th full length studio album World Gone Crazy (BMG). Produced by Steve James and mixed by Kevin Shirley. Additional tracks on World Gone Crazy include: Elvis (I Remember), Jurisdiction, Eve Of Destruction, Drowning, October Grey and World Gone Crazy. World Gone Crazy reached #18 on the national chart in August 1997. The album's second CD single, a cover of Barry McGuire's Eve of Destruction, followed in September.
In 1997 the Newcastle Knights win the rugby league grand final. The Screaming Jets play a free gig for 50,000 people after the football match; the stage was located on King Street Newcastle within the Star Hotel and Newcastle Workers Club precinct. The city had issued a shutdown of all pubs and venues directly near the gathering crowd. The Jets played; The Workers Club closed its doors on the capacity crowd leaving Mark Hendersons Star Hotel serving alcohol to the masses, inside Ian Sandercoe's band Yiante performed for the elated revellers.
The Screaming Jets first CD single for 1998, Cunnamulla Fella was lifted from the Slim Dusty tribute album, Not So Dusty (EMI). The Jets then travelled to Europe and North America for series of showcase appearances.
The band recorded their fifth album, Scam, in Melbourne. Produced by Ross Wilson, mixed by Kevin ‘Caveman’ Shirley and engineered by Kalju Tonuma (Mavis’s). It was their first for the Grudge label (Universal Music). The first CD single, Individuality came out in July 1999. The release of Scam was held up when the Jets old label BMG, issued the fifth album, a double-disc anthology 18-track titled Hits and Pieces released in November 1999. Scam peaked at #13 on the national chart and sold over 35 000 units going gold. Scam cd single I Need Your Love, plus a Limited Edition 6-track bonus disc including Shine over Me and the current Higher with You. The Screaming Jets toured the Last Great Rock n’ Roll Show of the Century Australian tour in November.
2000: "Scams are the deadly enemy of reality. And 'reality' has always been the supreme 'scam' used by society to subdue the lust for freedom in its citizens."
Scam (Grudge Records/Universal) was released in 2000 and is a long play album, it was worked on three times before Australian rock legend Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool, Mondo Rock) produced most of the final product.
The Jets acknowledge that the times they still are a’ changing. They say it like it is on Scam. After 15 Years in the music business, The Jets reckon it's time to blow a few whistles..."The music industry thrives on scams, greed, back-patting and back-handing, so The Jets thought the title was more than apt," Walmsley explains. "We've seen more than our fair share of sharks but we believe you get there if you stay in a pack."
"Without it," says Gleeson, "I don’t think any of us would have developed to the stage we have musically or as people, for better or for worse." He adds after short contemplation. "We have too much respect for the band and for each other to let 'it' kill us or to have us kill 'it'. We have gone harder and faster than you could believe and we need to get out for a while in order to evaluate ourselves and our band, in order to take our crusade to the next level", guitarist Grant Walmsley said.
The band made a high profile tour across Australia in 2000, including the inaugural Brisbane to Sydney flight for Impulse Airlines.
In April 2001, The Screaming Jets embarked on their last tour Forever, before a break from touring, culminating with a final show on June 9th at Newcastle in NSW. The album of the show was released in December 2002. 'The Screaming Jets have played a major role in the collective Australian psyche for more than a decade, so it is disturbing to comprehend life without them.' Xpress Magazine, Perth April 2001.
The Screaming Jets have toured and supported: Faith No More, Robert Plant, INXS, The Black Crowes, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Spinal Tap and in 2001 the Screaming Jets toured Australia with KISS and Alice Cooper.
In 2002 they did a short tour for a self titled live album and in April 2004 the Screaming Jets geared themselves back up for performances and recording.
Founding member and guitarist Grant Walsmley left the band in early 2007 to pursue other projects. He was replaced by Scotty Kingman, who engineered the band's latest album which is due for independent release in mid 2008.
June 2007 the Screaming Jets toured the Solomon Islands, the three day tour began with an appearance of the Screaming Jets performing for the men and women of the AFP & the ADF.
Their entire release history includes: five platinum and five gold albums and three platinum and three gold singles. The Screaming Jets are known as one of Australia's best touring bands, both overseas and in Australia. The Screaming Jets are the most popular ROCK band to emerge from industrial Newcastle on Australia's east coast. The Jets’ music is a product of the town.
Get more information about the Screaming Jets at the Screaming Jets website: www.screamingjets.com.au