Constructing dreamy indie pop soundscapes is something that Sydney’s Jet City Sports Club are masters of, at this stage of their career.
Quickly winning hearts of new fans in 2022 with releases such as ‘Green Thumb’ and ‘Feeling It All’, the four-piece have returned for 2023 to level things up and broaden their scope, with the release of the shimmering new track, ‘Drug Store (Waste My Time)’.
A song that is perfect for music fans who dig artists like Middle Kids, Soccer Mommy and The Beths, ‘Drug Store (Waste My Time)’ is the first piece of new music from Jet City Sports Club, and an enthusiastic insight into more new music still to come.
For this track, the band recorded in Sydney with Fletcher Matthews on production and engineering, as well as William Bowden on mastering. Development of the track grew out of Matthews’ Glebe studio, a process songwriter Lilla Obradovic says was a nice, organic one.
“[We] worked at breaking down the initial seed/idea of the song and re-shaping it to be more storytelling and melodically catchy. After finishing the writing of the song core (guitar and vocals), we set to work deciding what type of beats and bass lines and frills we wanted throughout the song. We honestly were just having a great time figuring out how the song should sound in between lunch breaks of Chinese dumplings and cups of coffee.” LILLA OBRADOVIC, JET CITY SPORTS CLUB
‘Drug Store (Waste My Time)’, at its core, is a love song. Told from the perspective of someone who yearns for another from afar, the song feels like it takes place in a dream. There’s a playful nostalgia and naivety to the song that makes it easy to sink into, jam packed with charisma largely thanks to Obradovic’s vocals.
“When I started writing this song, It was about always wanting more from a significant other, but it evolved into a sort of longing and desperation to be seen by someone you don’t even really know. Someone who might not even know you exist yet.
You know that feeling when you have a big crush on someone from a distance and you hope that they can feel your eyes on them across the room, but it’s all just juvenile because you don’t even know if you’d like them if you really got too close? I suppose the song is about that feeling. A dream of something that isn’t and might never be.” LILLA OBRADOVIC, JET CITY SPORTS CLUB
The band have also teamed up with Heaps Normal to create a special acoustic version of ‘Drug Store (Waste My Time)’, released alongside an accompanying video.
“We really wanted to capture the intimacy of the song and its meaning by doing it stripped back, letting the melodies and lyrics speak for themselves. It’s so nice to have both versions out in the world.” JET CITY SPORTS CLUB
Jet City Sports Club have continued to go from strength to strength since landing on more radars with the release of their debut EP, September Sun, in 2021. The record has led them to share stages alongside the likes of The VANNS, CLEWS, The Grogans, Trophy Eyes and The Moving Stills; while online, the love for the group has continued to grow.
Support via media and radio tastemakers including triple j, Unearthed, The Guardian, RAGE and more have established Jet City Sports Club as a band to watch, and as they continue to grow in 2023, the Sydneysiders are showing no signs of slowing down.
PRAISE FOR JET CITY SPORTS CLUB
“A glimmering shard of sunshine through heavy curtains…”
“Dreamy touches, big chorus – Jet City SC haven’t put a foot wrong in 2022!”
Triple J Unearthed, Dave Ruby Howe (‘Feeling It All’, 2022)
“Combining the expansive ambience of washy dream pop and more direct guitar pop hooks, Green Thumb is the best of both worlds.”
Triple J Unearthed, Tommy Faith (‘Green Thumb’, 2022)
July will see Jet City Sports Club hit the road around the country, supporting STUMPS and also performing at Sydney’s ICEBREAKER FESTIVAL this August.
“We’re so, so excited to be hitting the road/sky with STUMPS. We’re mostly excited about venturing for the first time ever over to Perth to play at Bar Four5Nine on the 26th of Aug. Touring has got to be my favorite thing about being in a band at the moment and we can’t wait to see all the people we met, and played to, on our last tours!” LILLA OBRADOVIC, JET CITY SPORTS CLUB
JET CITY SPORTS CLUB TOUR DATES
Thursday 27 July Bucketty’s Brookvale
Friday 28 July King Street Warehouse Newcastle
Thursday 3 August Finnians Tavern Port Macquarie
Friday 4 August Black Bear Lodge Brisbane
Saturday 5 August Vinnies Dive Gold Coast
Friday 11 August La La La’s Wollongong
Friday 18 August The Retreat Melbourne
Saturday 19 August Barwon Club Geelong
Sunday 20 August ICEBREAKER FESTIVAL Factory Theatre Sydney Tickets
Friday 25 August The Lab Adelaide
Saturday 26 August Four5Nine Bar Perth
Friday 1 September The Shaking Hand Canberra
Saturday 2 September Marrickville Bowling Club Sydney