The lads in the well-hyped Melbourne, Australia, quartet Jet seemed just a bit nervous in their Hollywood-area debut opening for Kings of Leon (Daily Variety, Sept. 15), despite having toured Australia earlier this year with the Rolling Stones. The unashamedly retro band, which mixes the country-blues-soul sound of early-’70s Stones records with the post-punk energy of newer groups like the Strokes, began its 45-minute opening turn with its softest song, the acoustic road tale “Move On,” which played like an awkward update of “Angie.”
The band members initially sounded a little sloppy and slightly out of sync with one another (possibly due to no pre-show soundcheck), requiring a couple more warm-up tunes before they appeared truly comfortable in the packed club. Near the 11-song set’s halfway mark, the short, Cheap Trick-flavored “Last Chance” — the first cut on Jet’s just-released Elektra album — was a turning point for the show and found the band playing with new confidence and living up to the exciting promise of its recorded material.
Jet saved its best songs for the last half of the set, including the dynamic, Faces-inspired “Lazy Gun,” as well as current radio hit “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” and the boogie-laced “Get Me Outta Here” with its L.A. lyric reference.