The apex of over 300 live shows along side Cursive, Braid, Jucifer, Hey Mercedes and more, over the span of three and a half years, Jet By Day’s third full-length, The Vulture, packs a road-weary punch. According to band’s lead singer David Matysiak, it’s the tale of a yearlong struggle, “I was feeling torn apart, and left for dead,” he admits. And thank God for us he was.
The result is an agonizingly beautiful album, at times both stark and lush, but always what David himself calls “Heavy-Indie-Southern-Rock.” It was recorded in two sessions, the first at Glow in the Dark Studios with Matt Goldman (Atlanta; August 2004) and then at the supposedly haunted Cylo Studios with Chris Common (Nashville; November 2004).
A single scratched voice is the only life amidst the sand-filled wasteland that is The Vulture. The group sounds haunted from above, sustained only by a half-empty bottle of Whiskey and the memory of past voices now silenced. Eleven tracks rise and fall like the phantom waters of a dry riverbed, oscillating between the dementia of grief and the hangover clarity of the morning after. The Vulture springboards gracefully from where 2003’s massive Cascadia left off. Wide-as-the-sky moments of rock transcendence and the aspiration to turn pain into pure aural pleasure abound.
Future Farmer Records, who recently re-released Cascadia (the band’s second LP), has scheduled an April 5, 2005 debut for The Vulture. In the meantime, the band continues to exorcise its demons before audiences being left for dead across the country.