Rock ‘N’ Load Mag Exclusive: WARBLY JETS Premiere Video For “Let Go : Be Free”

 

WARBLY JETS Share “Let Go : Be Free” Single + Video

MONSTERHOUSE LP Due 11/12 Via Rebel Union Recordings

Photo by Erina Uemura

 

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 Where did the concept for the video come from? 

For me, it’s about embracing different sides of yourself. The subject matter in the lyrics is actually surprisingly dark when you look closely, but simply put it’s about letting go and not denying the feelings that compel you to be unique.

Were there any specific visual references you used?

High-fashion stills and Michel Gondry.

How did the video shoot/crew come together?

We worked closely with our friend Danny DiMarchi to come up with a simple, bold concept we could achieve in just a day or two. He basically took on the whole project himself with a few helping hands from friends along the way. We knew we didn’t want to overextend ourselves on anything too grandiose, so we worked quickly to rely on our strengths and only used things we had access to immediately.

Favorite part of making this video?

The shoot itself was very fluid. That always keeps everything feeling like a fulfilling art project vs. banging your head to “get something done.”

Biggest challenge of making this video?

Having a budget of zero is pretty challenging for making any music video complete, but sometimes those harsh limitations can be a great tool for fueling creativity. 

Today, alternative duo WARBLY JETS (Samuel Shea and Julien O’neill) share “Let Go : Be Free,” the final single off their soon-to-be-released studio album, MONSTERHOUSE (out November 12 via Rebel Union Recordings).

Speaking on the concept of the music video, Julien O’neill said, For me, it’s about embracing different sides of yourself. The subject matter in the lyrics is actually surprisingly dark when you look closely, but simply put it’s about letting go and not denying the feelings that compel you to be unique.” He said the shoot was inspired by “high fashion stills and Michael Gondry.”

Julien continued, speaking on the process through which the video came about:

“We worked closely with our friend Danny DiMarchi to come up with a simple, bold concept we could achieve in just a day or two. He basically took on the whole project himself with a few helping hands from friends along the way. We knew we didn’t want to overextend ourselves on anything too grandiose, so we worked quickly to rely on our strengths and only used things we had access to immediately. 

The shoot itself was very fluid. That always keeps everything feeling like a fulfilling art project vs. banging your head to ‘get something done.’ Having a budget of zero is pretty challenging for making any music video complete, but sometimes those harsh limitations can be a great tool for fueling creativity.”

MONSTERHOUSE is the Los Angeles-based duo’s second full-length studio album, following their critically-acclaimed, self-titled debut released in 2017. The new LP is packed with high-energy, genre-fluid tracks that exhibit WARBLY JETS’ studio chops and production prowess. With sonic references ranging from Rick Rubin and Beck, to Beastie Boys and early 2000s hip-hop, the album explores the place where humanity and technology meet—grappling with all the questions and doubts that come with living in the information age. The duo (Samuel Shea and Julien O’neill), are also marking the announcement with a Los Angeles show at The Echo on Monday, August 30, where they’ll debut cuts off the new album, amongst a stacked lineup of LA talent and to-be-announced special guests.

WARBLY JETS – “Let Go : Be Free”
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WARBLY JETS Bio:

For WARBLY JETS (Samuel Shea and Julien O’neill) their second LP marks a new era, a shedding of skin, a clean slate. It’s been three years since the release of their first LP — years filled with all the highs and lows of growing up, and finding their footing as a band. “The first album changed our lives,” explains Shea. “But parts of it feel too one-dimensional since there are no rules in pop music anymore,” adds O’neill. “We’re witnessing a rebirth of what music can be. Music is getting way more flexible and people’s ears are wide open. It’s easy to be inspired by the infinite possibility. That’s what this album is about for us.”

Defined by experimental, genre-bending production, massive sound-collage hooks, and the search for identity in an industry that has yet to fully accept them, MONSTERHOUSE features the alternative duo’s most personal yet highly relatable songwriting to date. “It’s a patchwork narrative of our own experiences,” explains O’neill. “But I hope people listening will find a lot to relate to with the questions we’ve been asking ourselves. Things like, why do you feel that you can’t go on without that person? How did you grow up so fast? How do you change again for the better?”

The Los Angeles duo’s self-titled debut, along with impressive live sets, and the ability to write, record, and release every note themselves won them the respect and attention of press and streaming outlets, earning spots on Apple Music’s The New Rock playlist, Sirius XM Alt Nation radio, and Matt Wilkinson’s Beats1, as well as touring slots opening for acts like Liam GallagherDandy Warhols, and Rival Sons in-between international tours of their own. “With the first record, I think there was a bit of us trying to make something that would be well-received,” explains O’neill. “Now, we’re really focused on creating music that pushes us forward, and that we’re excited about.”

In 2019, the band bucked any preconceived notions with their aggressively production-centered EP Propaganda, the age of Trump and late-era capitalism leading them to explore darker, politically-charged themes with genre-wrecking, sample-based songs that left the band feeling displaced. “I think we were labeled as sounding too mainstream for the indie crowd, and too indie sounding for a major label deal,” said Shea. “It left us in no man’s land, in a bit of an un-cool social purgatory.”

“Becoming the odd man out has the added benefit of being the only one of your kind,” he continued. “It’s given us our own lane, and as much as it’s isolated us, it’s also pushed us.” Feeding off of their duo dynamic, WARBLY JETS double-down on their second LP, using their streamlined lineup and complete control in the studio to leave past conceptions of the band in the rearview. Combining layers of alternative rock, synthpop, loops, and audio collaging, the album is a pastiche of inspirational touchstones — there’s Guero-era Beck and Paul’s Boutique-style sampling mixed with the alt-pop sensibility of contemporary influences like Run The Jewels and Billie Eilish“I think we walked into this album more from a producer role than ever before,” explains O’neill, citing everyone from Dangermouse to Rick Rubin as sonic inspiration.

“There was an intention not to make music as a band playing songs, but to create a sonic landscape you could step into.” The resulting post-genre tracks take the micro to the macro, weaving the duo’s personal experiences (nervous breakdowns, egotrips, breakups, makeups, manic depression) through massive walls of sound, and infectious beats. Even when the lyrics portray insecurity, the music is undeniably polished and confident — the endless hours in the studio teaching themselves how to make records concentrated down into every left-of-center choice. “We’ve really learned how to play the studio like an instrument,” explains Shea. Those long hours pull me straight out of any illusions, and show me that there’s always an infinite amount of learning to be done. Once we start using the same approach too much, it’s time to learn something new.”

MONSTERHOUSE Tracklisting

1. Monsterhouse
2. Bad News
3. NASA
4. TMI
5. Let Go : Be Free
6. Bloodlust
7. Low Resolution
8. I Want It All
9. Victimizer
10. Young Future Of Amer!ka
11. No Brainer
12. 2020
13. Time On Our Side

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