Jetplane Landing

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Jetplane Landing
Origin Derry, Northern Ireland,
Genres Post-Hardcore
Years active 1999–2007, 2013–present
Labels Smalltown America
Associated acts Fighting with Wire
Members Cahir O'Doherty
Andrew Ferris
Jamie Burchell
Craig McKean
Past members Raife Burchell

Jetplane Landing is a four-piece band from Derry, Northern Ireland, and London, England.[1] They band currently consists of Andrew Ferris, Jamie Burchell, Cahir O'Doherty and Craig McKean. Their musical influences include – At the Drive-In (the band's name comes from an observation that at the Drive-In sounded like a jet plane landing, made by a band friend) Helmet, Soundgarden, Blues Explosion, Fugazi, Shellac, Les Savy Fav, Big Black, Pavement, Rage Against the Machine, AC/DC, Robbie Robertson, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello


Conceived in 1999 by Jamie Burchell and Andrew Ferris following the break-up of Northern Ireland post-grunge Cuckoo (Geffen Records 1996–1999), the song writing partnership grew quickly and productively. The debut album Zero for Conduct (Smalltown America 2001) is a mixture of singer songwriter standards and post-hardcore exploration. A flurry of media attention in the UK saw the band accelerated to the fore-front of a burgeoning guitar rock scene and the record spawned the minor indie hit This Is Not Revolution Rock.

Larger tours required the addition of second guitarist and additional songwriter Cahir (see also Fighting with Wire/Clearshot) and the band retired to their home studio (Straight To Tape) to make second record Once Like A Spark (Smalltown America 2003) again, critically well received the band continued an extensive touring schedule completing infamously a 60 date promotional tour of the UK in as many days. The second record reflects more of a rock template and calls forth more immediate comparisons with Rage Against the Machine, Fugazi and Jimmy Eat World. It brought the band wider appeal and a more consolidated fan-base.

Post touring in 2004, the band took some time off before setting about writing their third record Backlash Cop; this public silence was broken only by a number of acoustic/semi-acoustic in store/club-night solo shows played by Andrew.

Through 2005 it became clear that Backlash Cop (Smalltown America 2007) would take longer to complete than previous records; its sound was a move away from previous work and whilst distinctively 'Jetplane Landing' was informed by a larger array of musical styles (funk/soul/hip-hop). The band debuted some new material at The Bell by the Green, Devizes (Wilts) for Promoters Sheer Music, before playing Truck Nine the day after, and then decamped to Southern Studios in November 2006 to compile the tracks.

A complete suite of songs, running back-to-back; Backlash Cop recalled concept album formats of the mid-seventies and was a step into new musical and lyrical territory for the act. References included the work of poet Sonia Sanchez; their love of New York punk-funk act Les Savy Fav and a discussion of Dizzy Gillespie's Presidential campaign of 1964 among a litany of others. The band took a break after touring the album so O'Doherty could focus on his band Fighting With Wire.

The band began work on their fourth album in 2013. The album, entitled 'Don't Try', was released in September 2013 to widespread critical acclaim, including a 5/5 review from rock magazine Kerrang!..



Year Album details Peak chart positions
2001 Zero for Conduct
2003 Once Like A Spark
  • Released: 27 October 2003
  • Label: Smalltown America
  • Formats: CD, Download
2007 Backlash Cop
  • Released: 18 June 2007
  • Label: Smalltown America
  • Formats: CD, Download
2013 Don't Try
  • Released: 30 August 2013
  • Label: Smalltown America
  • Formats: CD, Download
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.

Singles / Split Singles / EPs[edit]

  1. Jetplane Landing EP (2001)
  2. This Is Not Revolution Rock (2002)
  3. Summer Ends (2002)
  4. What The Argument Has Changed (June 2002, split single with Seafood)
  5. Els Quatre Gats EP (October 2002)
  6. Acrimony (2002, Japanese release only, split single with Intentions of an Asteroid)
  7. Calculate The Risk (September 2003)
  8. I Opt Out (February 2004)
  9. Brave Gravity (May 2004)
  10. There Is No Real Courage Unless There Is Real Danger (December 2004)

Technical Setup[edit]


  • Gibson Les Paul Deluxe – Gold top (1978), in standard tuning – EADGBE
  • Thinline Fender Telecaster – Blonde (1996), in alternate tuning – EABF#BE
  • Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier amplifier
  • Orange Matamp speaker cabinet (4 x 12)
  • Boss stage tuner



  • Fender Jazz Bass – black (1978)
  • Ampeg SVT350 amplifier
  • Ampeg bass speaker cabinet (8 x 10)
  • Electro Harmonix Big Muff distortion pedal
  • Korg rack tuner



Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute:

  • 22" Bass Drum
  • 16" Floor Tom
  • 14" Floor Tom
  • 12" Rack Tom
  • 14" x 3.5" Tama Snare Drum (Steel)
  • Yamaha hardware



  • 20" Ride 'A' Custom
  • 18" Crash 'A' Custom
  • 18" Vintage 'A' Custom
  • 14" New Beat Hihats


  • Zildjian Z4A Nylon Tip

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