As anyone who was in the throes of their adolescent rock and roll renaissance in the mid-2000s will tell you, Jet rules. Richard Linklater’s School of Rock and Jet’s debut record, Get Born, came out months apart, and for young kids just dipping their toes into guitar music, it was a golden era, ushered in by Jack Black and Nic Cester.
Jet appeared to call it quits in 2011, but now the Australian rock band might be ready to mount a comeback. They’ve released a new song with Italian electronic outfit The Bloody Beetroots, and while it seems an unlikely collaboration, they both deal in anthemic melodies and huge choruses, so it adds up.
The track is called “My Name Is Thunder,” an appropriately bad-ass name for a song calibrated for major sports hit montages and a slot on the NHL ’18 soundtrack. Jet and the Bloody Beetroots released two versions: a more electro-flavoured take courtesy of the Beetroots, and a more straight-forward guitar rock take by the Australians. Check them both out below:
According to Pitchfork, the partnership was the idea of the Beetroots’ Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo: “I knew this song needed a certain rock tone… a tone like Nic Cester of Jet had. We thought instead of someone ‘like Nic Cester,’ how about we get the real Nic Cester!” He went on to hint that Jet began discussing a reunion while cutting the track, so if that happens, we can offer praise to the new rock god, Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo. At any rate, it seems Pitchfork has buried the hatched after their, uh, brief review of Jet’s 2006 record Shine On.