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“ With latest offering ‘You Can’t Fool Me Dennis’, Mystery Jets climb another rung on the popularity ladder. After a long day in the Eel Pie Island studio, bassist Kai Fish is kind enough to chat about how their debut album is shaping up. “It’s going really well, we’ve got stuck in and loads of […]

With latest offering ‘You Can’t Fool Me Dennis’, Mystery Jets climb another rung on the popularity ladder. After a long day in the Eel Pie Island studio, bassist Kai Fish is kind enough to chat about how their debut album is shaping up.

“It’s going really well, we’ve got stuck in and loads of ideas have been coming.” Kai describes the timing of the album as a natural step, “We’ve been going for quite a long while so an album is quite a big deal for us. We are trying to do a patchwork, each song having an individual sound and it all comes together making a multi-faceted whole”.

In signature style the band are trying out novel techniques, recording outside, capturing whats around them, “the sound of the river, church bells nearby, getting an array of sounds”, notes Kai specifically.

It is this avant-garde approach which has hailed comparisons with Pink Floyd’s off-beat sound, plus the recreation of the music community on London’s Eel Pie Island, that has meant the attention the band have been receiving has stepped up. “Everything is starting to happen and it’s all come together. I was just a kid, doing it for the love of the music, then we started gigging, a manager spotted us, we weren’t looking for success, it was a natural way for it to happen”.

Certainly the critics’ choice, being lauded as Steve Lamacq’s new favourite band has given the band plenty of airplay, whilst the Alastair Siddons directed video to ‘‚”Dennis’ is a current staple of the MTV2 diet.

But who is Dennis? “Dennis is representative of ‘Britishness’, and the whole stiff upper lip sensibility, it’s based on an accountant who Blaine once knew with Motor Neurone Disease”.

With their chosen lyrical subject matter, tours with Bloc Party and Syd Barrett influences, Mystery Jets seem to be on the periphery of the new British Music insurgence. “We do feel part of it but I think we are quite different, those into the new scene are taking an interest in us”. This interest is no doubt down to non-stop touring, “getting it out there is what you’ve got to do, and it pays off,” states Kai. “Touring does you the world of good, and shouldn’t be underestimated. It has played a big part in getting us tight as a band, and we wouldn’t be where we are in terms of musicians and fanbase if it weren’t for touring”.

The next year should see the completion of the album, and unsurprisingly for such a hardworking band, another tour that will no doubt confirm their place in the heart of the UK Indie scene.

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