Single Review: Warbly Jets – 4th Coming Bomb

By on Wednesday, 9th August 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

Los Angeles rock band Warbly Jets have just released the third single from their forthcoming debut album, an aptly-titled track called ‘4th Coming Bomb’. If their preliminary single releases are any indication, Warbly Jets’ self-titled full LP could very well make a bomb-like impact upon its release in October. We at TGTF featured debut single ‘Alive’ in our review of Warbly Jets’ live set at the Grammy Museum Homegrown showcase during SXSW 2017. Their edgy second single ‘The Lowdown’ was released in July, with new track ‘4th Coming Bomb’ swiftly following.

The lyrics to ‘4th Coming Bomb’ are a bit gloom-and-doom, but in an emotionally detached way that reminded me strongly of a late ’90s one-hit-wonder, New Radicals’ ‘You Get What You Give’. Back then, New Radicals straddled the fence between alt-rock and pop, finding a clean balance but never really making a strong statement in either direction. Warbly Jets now find themselves in a similar position, following the distinct alt-rock edge of their first two singles with the surprisingly pop-leaning ‘4th Coming Bomb’.

‘4th Coming Bomb’ has an air of hazy psychedelia in its echoing vocals and sinuous guitar riffs, but those are only mild undertones. The most interesting features in this track are the bright synths in the foreground and the orchestral string underlay that provides melodic depth under Samuel Shea’s fatalistic verses. The varied instrumental elements weave seamlessly together in an intricate rhythmic counterpoint, displaying the compositional versatility of a band who have deliberately resisted being stylistically pigeon-holed into any particular time period or geographic location.

Lyrically, Shea took inspiration for ‘4th Coming Bomb’ from a quote by author Eugene Bell: “aspire to inspire before you expire”. But the band have also taken care to match their musical arrangement to the content of their lyrics. “The music mirrors the message”, they explain. “We’re all trying to live and breathe in this world at the same time, not noticing if we’re hurting or helping one another. It works for now, but might explode at any second.” Likewise, I expect Warbly Jets to explode in popularity before the end of 2017. The band is on tour in America through the end of August, ahead of scheduled European live dates in September. You can find a full list of their upcoming shows right here. In the meantime, have a listen to ‘4th Coming Bomb’ just below.

8/10

‘4th Coming Bomb’ is available now via Rebel Union Recordings. Warbly Jets’ self-titled debut album is due for release on the 20th of October, also on Rebel Union. TGTF’s collected coverage of Warbly Jets is through here.

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