Thursday, January 14, 2021

Mystery Jets present ‘Home Protests’ live lockdown LP - album review

Mystery Jets are an English  Indie-Rock band, formerly based on Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London, UK. The four-piece consists of  Blaine Harrison (Vocals, Guitar and Keyboards), Jack Flanagan (Bass and Vocals), Kapil Trivedi (Drums) and Henry Harrison (Lyrics).

/Home Protests/ is a nine-track covers album that features the band covering their favourite protest anthems. The  album is the group’s first release since their  /A Billion Heartbeats/  album was released in April. The band cover songs by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, Willy Mason and more. The release of lockdown album /Home Protests/, released December 4th. The new LP came to fruition following frontman Blaine Harrison’s stint in hospital, which actually compromised the release date of their most recent album.

Exclusively available on Blood Records, ‘Home Protests’  was written and recorded over the course of 2020. Tracks included are their renditions of  Robert Wyatt’s ‘The Age of Self’ and ‘Don’t Give Up’ – Peter Gabriel’s 1986 duet with Kate Bush. Which sees them putting their own spin on classics

The new record also sees the London band extending the themes of their most recent record, /A Billion Heartbeats/ As well composing their own take on Mitchell’s ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, this album sees the Jets performing their own takes on Newman’s ‘Short People’ and Mason’s ‘Oxygen’. With protest songs and celebrations of the NHS all part of their new identity, it’s an extremely empathetic and successful take on the current world at large, as the quartet enter a new decade.

The LP comes printed on turquoise vinyl with the addition of die-cut-out artwork, signed by the band members  and hand-numbered on a first-come-first-served basis. The band have also announced a one-off socially distanced show at Clapham Grand on 19th December performing songs from their critically acclaimed new album ‘A Billion Heartbeats’, which was released in April this year.

Earlier this summer amongst the limitations of our lockdowns,  the band persevered with their creativity and launched a new podcast series with guests including  Radiohead’s own Ed O’Brien and  IDLES star Joe Talbot. Addressing  topics ranging from justice for the families affected by the Grenfell Tower blaze, homelessness, addiction, the struggles the NHS face and mental health in the digital age.

This new ideation from Mystery Jets, is an excellent example of taking the power from a position of creativity and using their platform to address larger issues. Whilst staying focused on these problems they have taken a lighter hearted approach to this LP cover the tracks that for them are stand alone statements along the same lines of the morals they wish to project. Making a difference in a time when it's hard to make anything at all. Order yours now before they sell out!


1. You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes And You Get What You Deserve
2. Freedom
3. Big Yellow Taxi
4. Shipbuilding
5. Short People
6. Oxygen
7. The Age Of Self
8. Don’t Give Up
9. Jesus’ Blood Never Failed

— Patricia Poulton

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