Oz rockers Jet recovering from career turbulence

Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:59pm EDT
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After selling more than three million copies worldwide of their first album, there was really only one way Australian rock band Jet could go.

Crash and burn.

Not only did the second album sell just 900,000 copies, but the band was struck by family tragedy, drugs, business turmoil, internal bickering and the obligatory problem girlfriend.

"You grow up reading those books about (troubled classic rock bands), and then all of a sudden you find yourself in that cliche. It's pretty surreal," drummer/singer Chris Cester said in a recent interview, accompanied by his older brother Nic, the band's singer/guitarist.

Now, the brothers -- along with guitarist Cameron Muncey and bass player Mark Wilson -- are preparing to unleash their third album, fairly confident that all the cracks have been repaired.

"Shaka Rock" comes out on August 25, preceded by the single "She's a Genius," one of several new tracks the band unveiled on a brief promotional tour to remind everyone that its self-combustion was short-lived. Jet also dusted off such hits as "Cold Hard Bitch" and "Are You Gonna Be My Girl."

While its previous albums, 2003's "Get Born" and 2006's "Shine On," were released in the United States by Warner Music Group, "Shaka Rock" comes out on the band's own EMI-backed label Real Horrorshow Records. The band is now managed by industry veteran Allen Kovac, who resurrected the career of hard rockers Buckcherry.


<p>Nic Cester of the Australian band Jet performs at the Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario July 2, 2005. REUTERS/STR New</p>