Words by Kanya Maliwan
I got to speak with Sam Shea and Julien O’neill, half of the LA rock band the Warbly Jets, ahead of the band’s North American tour starting on November 28 in Phoenix supporting The Mystery Lights and the Dandy Warhols. The Warbly Jets are relatively new to the scene- the band officially formed last year and released their debut single “Alive” earlier this year.
It all began a few years when Sam and Julien met in New York through mutual music scenes and started to play together. When they decided to go to Los Angeles to record some music, they met the rest of the band and decided that LA was a good place to touchdown and establish themselves. When asked about their first single “Alive” and what it says about the band, Sam (vocals, guitar) said that it was inspired by personal tragedy and how his recovery from a motorcycle accident acted as a metaphor with the breakthrough of the band. “Alive” is unapologetically rock and is featured on Apple Music and SiriusXMU.
When asked about their upcoming tour, the band said that they can’t wait to experience something new in each city at each show. This is their first tour together as a band, and Sam says that he is excited to develop the comradery between the band because they are all really good friends. Now that they have focused on recording, the band says that they are ready to hone the elements for their live shows. Since their band name is influenced by the “strong sonic sound” of their music, we can expect a great, rockin’ show here in Austin when the band makes a stop at Sidewinder on December 1st.
You can listen to “Alive” here.
You can buy tickets to their show on Thursday, Dec. 1 at Sidewinder here.