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Jet Stays Airborne Despite Sales Stumble

Of the Oakland Press

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Despite an optimistic sophomore album title, “Shine On,” Australia’s Jet has found itself in a bit of a tailspin in the past six months.

After going platinum with its debut, “Get Born” — fueled by the ubiquitous single “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” — Jet has stalled with “Shine On,” which debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart in October and, without the benefit of another hit, has only lost altitude since. But singer-guitarist Cameron Muncey says the group, which is already talking about hitting the studio again later this year, is genuinely “sanguine” about its fate.

“It’s just another experience,” Muncey, 27, says. “We’re happy with where we went musically. We went forward. I know it’s good and it’s really quality, and however many people it connects with is great.

“We just wanted to make something we felt was going a bit further for us, something that challenged us. As far as sales, we don’t have much control. There’s always next time.”

Muncey predicts a more straightforward, hard-rocking third album from Jet after the darker and more intricate tone of “Shine On” — which was influenced by the death of the father of guitarist Nic Cester and drummer Chris Cester and by the group’s grapple with its sudden stardom.

“It was really difficult on so many levels,” Chris Cester, 25, explains. “I think the most difficult part about it was mine and Nic’s kind of frustration with each other and dealing with both the grief and the sudden rise from nothing to something, all at the same time — and then trying to stay pure and loyal to yourself and make sure you had enough soul in what you’re doing.

“It drove us to dig a lot deeper. There was no choice. This was the album we had to make at this point in time.”

Jet and the Virgins perform at 7 p.m. Monday (April 9th) at Clutch Cargos, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Tickets are $20. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www. clutchcargos.com.

Web Site: www.clutchcargos.com

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