The Screaming Jets

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The Screaming Jets
Also known as The Love Bomb
Origin Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Hard rock, pub rock
Years active 1989–present
Labels rooArt, Phonogram, Warners, Grudge, Universal, Independent, StockXChange, Atlantic
Website 'thescreamingjets.com.au'
Members Dave Gleeson
Paul Woseen
Jimi "The Human" Hocking
Mickl Sayers
Scotty Kingman
Past members Grant Walmsley
Brad Heaney
Richard Lara
Craig Rosevear
Ismet Osmanovic
Steve Hicks
Col Hatchman

The Screaming Jets are an Australian hard rock band formed in Newcastle, Australia in 1989 by front man Dave Gleeson (vocals), Paul Woseen (bass guitar), Grant Walmsley (guitar), Richard Lara (guitar) and Brad Heaney (drums). [1]The band has three albums that peaked in the top five on the Australian ARIA Charts, All for One (1991), Tear of Thought (1992) and The Screaming Jets (1995). Their 1991 single, "Better", reached No. 4 on the related singles chart. Walmsley left in 2007 and formed his own band. In 2013, bassist Paul Woseen released an acoustic solo album, Bombido.

Biography[edit]

1981 -1990: Early years and The Scorching Adventures of the Screaming Jets[edit]

Dave Gleeson and Grant Walmsley met at St Francis Xavier's College, Hamilton in 1981 and first performed together for a school dance at the Newcastle Town Hall.[2] They formed the group Sudden Impact in 1985, which later became Aspect. Paul Woseen joined in 1988.[3] and Richard Lara (guitar) and Brad Heaney shortly after. The band was renamed Screaming Jets in 1989. [1] The group's first performance as The Screaming Jets was as The Love Bomb in a Newcastle pub in March 1989.[3] and they won the inaugural National Band Competition run by youth radio broadcaster Triple J in November.[4][3] The group relocated to Sydney in early 1990 and supported The Angels on a national tour. In May 1990, they signed with independent label, rooArt.[3] Their debut extended play (EP), The Scorching Adventures of the Screaming Jets, was issued in December 1990.[4]

Through late 1990, The Screaming Jets became infamous for a series of raucous, sometimes violent, live shows. During shows to launch the debut EP, fights often broke out as the band's faithful Newcastle fans mixed with the new Sydney fans. A show at The Kardomah Cafe in Sydney's red light district saw a string of casualties being ferried to the street outside with injuries including broken noses, a broken leg and numerous victims of heat exhaustion.

1991-1994: All for One, Living in England & Tear of Thought[edit]

In February 1991, The Screaming Jets released "Better", which peaked at number 4 on the ARIA Charts. In April, their debut studio album All for One was released. The album debuted at number 3 and peaked at number 2 on the ARIA Charts. [5] The album showed influences from Van Halen, AC/DC and The Angels.[4] It reached the Top 50 on the ARIA End of Year Albums Chart for 1991.[6] "Stop the World" and "Shine On" both reached the top 40.[5] The controversial track "F. R. C." ("Fat Rich Cunts") was a crowd favourite – a live version was released on Stealth Live! (EP, 1991) – which Gleeson would dedicate to Michael Gudinski or Russ Hinze at concerts.[4] At times, "F. R. C." was performed by guest vocalists from Mortal Sin, The Choirboys or The Angels.

Following the album's release, the group relocated to the United Kingdom where they based themselves for over two years. Their second EP, Living in England, was issued in June 1992 and included cover versions of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" and AC/DC's "Ain't No Fun (Waiting Round to Be a Millionaire)".[4] The EP spawned the title single, "Living in England", which peaked in the top 20 in July.[5]

In October 1992, The Screaming Jets' released their second studio album Tear of Thought, which debuted at number 20 and peaked at number 3 in 1994.[5][4][1] A cover version of Boys Next Door's song "Shivers" was released in January 1993 and peaked into the Top 20. The group supported Ugly Kid Joe on their European tour in 1993, when Heaney was fired mid-tour. He was temporarily replaced by ex-Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland.[4] Heaney was permanently replaced in the line-up by former BB Steal drummer Craig Rosevear in July 1993. In January 1994, after a US tour backing Def Leppard, Lara was replaced by Melbourne guitarist Jimi "The Human" Hocking (ex-Spectre 7).[4][1] Both "Helping Hand" (March) and "Tunnel" (August) were Top 40 singles from Tear of Thought.[5]

While the band remained only moderately successful overseas, in Australia they became one of the top-drawing live bands of the 1990s and they achieved the rare distinction of being embraced by both commercial and indie-music focused radio. [4][3]

1995-1999 :The Screaming Jets, World Gone Crazy & Hits and Pieces[edit]

In August 1995, The Screaming Jets released their third studio album, The Screaming Jets, which peaked at No. 5.[5] It was co-produced by the band with Robbie Adams (U2).[1] It was the first CD launched via live Webcast. The double-A sided single, "Friend of Mine" / "Sad Song", was issued in October and reached the top 50.[4][5] The group continued to tour and started recording their fourth album, World Gone Crazy which was released in August 1997 and peaked into the top 20.[5] The album was produced by Steve James and rooArt had passed their contract to BMG.[3] Hocking had left by June and was replaced on guitar by Ismet "Izzy" Osmanovic (ex-Judge Mercy).[4][1] BMG released a compilation album, Hits and Pieces in November 1999.[4] One new track, "I Need Your Love" was issued as a single and the limited edition included an eight-track bonus disc.[4] In November 1999, the group participated in the extensive Last Great Rock’n’Roll Show of the Century Australian tour. the group started recording their next studio album, Scam, with former Skyhooks producer Ross Wilson.[4][1] By early 2000 Rosevear left to be replaced by on drums by Col Hatchman[3]

2000-2003 :Scam, Live Forever & hiatus[edit]

In early 2000 Rosevear was replaced by on drums by Col Hatchman[3] and the group recorded their next fifth studio album, Scam, with former Skyhooks producer Ross Wilson.[4][1] Scam was released in October 2000 on Grudge Records through Universal Music.[4][3] They were selected to tour with Kiss and Alice Cooper in 2001. In June the band performed their last concert in Newcastle before an extended break. The live album of the show was released in December 2002 as Live Forever.

2004-2015 Heart of the Matter, Rock On & Do Ya and infrequent touring[edit]

In 2004 the group recommenced recording and touring. The group signed with Universal Music Australia and released Heart of the Matter in August 2004. In November 2004, Hatchman left the group, his last performance was recorded for the live Rock On album released in 2005 by Liberation Records. Hatchman was replaced by Mickl "The Slayer" Sayers, formerly of Sydney band Tripguage. In October 2006, four Screaming Jets songs were listed in the Triple M Essential 2006 Countdown: "Helping Hand" (voted 447 out of 2006), "Eve of Destruction" (voted 683 out of 2006), "Shivers" (voted 1588 out of 2006) and "My Badger Drinks" (voted 1596 out of 2006).

Early in 2007, founding member and guitarist Walmsley left the band and was replaced by Scotty Kingman, who engineered the band's next album.[7] According to Gleeson, Walmsley left because his external commitments interfered with the band's schedules.[8] Walmsley went on to form the indie roots band Agents of Peace. In October 2008, The Screaming Jets released their sixth studio album, Do Ya through StockXchange Music. In October 2009, Osmanovich left and Hocking returned to the line-up.[3][9]

Live shows from The Screaming Jets were infrequent through 2010 and 2011, and the band played only one show in 2012, at the car festival Summernats. But the band returned for a short 'Best Of' tour in late 2013. In May, 2013, bassist and key songwriter Paul Woseen released his debut solo album "Bombido".

2016-present: Chrome[edit]

In May 2016, the band released their seventh studio album, "Chrome", followed by a national tour. The album met with critical and commercial success. In March 2017, it was announced The Screaming Jets will perform a national headline tour with Baby Animals in June and July 2017.[10]

Band members[edit]

Current line-up[edit]

  • Dave Gleeson – vocals (1989–present)
  • Paul Woseen – bass guitar, backing vocals (1989–present)
  • Jimi "The Human" Hocking – guitar (1993–1997, 2009–present)
  • Mickl "The Slayer" Sayers – drums (2005–present)
  • Scott Kingman – guitar (2007–present)

Previous members[edit]

  • Grant Walmsley – guitar, backing vocals (1989–2007)
  • Brad Heaney – drums (1989–1993)
  • Richard Lara – guitar (1989–1993)
  • Craig Rosevear – drums (1993–1999)
  • Ismet "Izzy" Osmanovic – guitar, backing vocals (1998–2009)
  • Col Hatchman – drums (2001–2004)

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Holmgren, Magnus. "The Screaming Jets". Australian Rock Database. Passagen.se (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Lazarevic, Jade (4 September 2010). "Screaming Gleeson has a whole lotta love". The Newcastle Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Nimmervoll, Ed. "The Screaming Jets". Howlspace – The Living History of Our Music. White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd (Ed Nimmervoll). Archived from the original on 27 July 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p McFarlane, 'The Screaming Jets' entry. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Discography The Screaming Jets". Australian charts portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 50 Albums 1991". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Scott, Paul (1 July 2007). "There's no rush to fix the seam in Jets". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  8. ^ Karras, Arthur (27 August 2009). "Why Grant Left The Screaming Jets – "The situation got ugly"". MTV Australia (MTV Networks). Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Beech, Alexandra (30 September 2009). "Screaming Jets to sweat it out". Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Baby Animals And Screaming Jets Team For Co-Headline Tour". Noise 11. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 

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