The Manchester Ritz was the place to be last night for some first rate rock and roll: Newcastle’s Detroit Social Club and Australia’s Jet.
Detroit Social Club took the stage and immediately seduced the crowd with a short but thrilling set featuring new material from their forthcoming debut album. The band opened the set with two new songs, ‘Kiss The Sun’ and the gorgeous ‘Prophecy’. Sandwiched in between old favourites ‘Forever Wonderland’ (Alice in Wonderland meets MC5) and ‘Sunshine People’ was the show stopper ‘Chemistry’, a moving song which showcases front man David Burn’s powerful and sensuous baritone. Compelling music from an exciting up-and-coming band.
Jet started things off with ‘Times Like These’ from their new album Shaka Rock. They then proceeded to wow the crowd with a selection of tunes from their first two albums including ‘Get What You Need’ and ‘Last Chance’. The band’s high-octane performance coupled with Nic Cester’s throaty growl and blood-curdling screams whipped the crowd into frenzy. Throwing out crowd-pleasers like candy (Are You Gonna Be My Girl from 2003’s Get Born, ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’ from 2006’s Shine On and new single ‘She’s a Genius’), they had the audience greedily lapping them up and begging for more. Old favourite ‘Cold Hard Bitch’ plus new songs ‘Walk’ and ‘Black Heart’s (On Fire) helped round off the exhilarating set with ‘Get me Outta Here’ finishing off the encore.
No-one still does escapist rock quite like Jet. While many bands are busy singing about the world’s problems and wondering what to do about them, Jet’s remedy is to forget about it and have some fun. Like the boys say, ‘in times like these you need your rock and roll’.