Jetpack

Jetpack

BandRock

Blending complex driving music with haunting and passionate vocals, Jetpack creates a sound that is both unique and progressive. Sometimes compared to Deftones, A Perfect Circle, Evanescence, and At the Drive-In, this one-woman, five-man powerhouse of sound can only be truly described as rock fury.

Biography

Drawing upon their combined interest in superheroes, alter egos, societal corruption, zombies, regret and retribution, the music of Jetpack spawns a sound of deeply focused rock fury that’s all their own.

This St. Louis-based band has spent the past three years building a presence in the city’s local music scene. After a few member changes, the band has solidified their lineup and are in the works of recording their first full-length album. Having played alongside many up and coming bands, both local and national, as well as having rocked every major venue in St. Louis (such as Pageant, Mississippi Nights, Pop's, and a slot on the St. Louis stop of the 2006 Vans Warped Tour), Jetpack now extends its reach to new cities and venues (including Kansas City, MO, and Iowa City, IA).

Blending complex driving music with haunting and, at times, aggressive vocals, it’s easy to make comparisons to A Perfect Circle, Deftones and Evanescence, but at the same time it’s evident that Jetpack is paving their own way. “We’re just a pure rock-fury band, with numerous influences, yet we're determined to be original and inventive,” states Wenzel. “Individually, we all have so much creativity, which really becomes apparent when we collaborate.”

And it is in those unexpected moments of creativity, where the fires of inspiration kindle. One such example is “Burning Horizon,” described by Stephenson, the former bass player, as a beautiful accident. “It sprung out of a bassline I was fiddling with during a break at a practice.”

“There are many sides to it (our music),” remarks Taylor. “It’s going crazy as a result of being pulled in countless different directions. It's an outcry against society and blind standards. It's coping with everything from fear of the future to failed relationships and showing that we, and everyone, can still be strong and move forward.”

Each song covering different themes: “Drift" is a statement of strength in the face of emotion-numbing pain while “Burning Horizon” tells the story of the forgotten in a post-apocalyptic waste-scape. With powerful and poetic lyrics, Taylor's classical training as an opera singer, evident through her range and technique, as well as her ability to seamlessly transition into dirty, raw tones allow her to capitvate an audience and perfectly complement the already powerful music.

This is a band with something to say. Are you ready for it?

Lyrics

Burning Horizon

Written By: Andrea Taylor

We breathe
the whisper
that leads us,
and we bleed
the whisper
that breathes us.

We are dying.
We are lying here.
We have never been so alone as this.
Cover your face-
block out any sun.
Close your eyes and let madness take his place.

Walk into the burning horizon.

Night falls over
the sands of our graves.
They will never find us; they never even tried...
Now years later
our dry bones will rise:
a reminder to those who came behind.

Walk into the burning horizon.
Follow where they have led
time and time before.

I have become:
my worst intention.
I have become:
what I fear most.
I have become:
their damned creation.
I have become:
their fatal mistake.
I have become-
I have become-

Night falls over
what we once were.
Never had a second chance to live again.
Let them lock us
in this second hell,
what do we care? -we've been gone a hundred years.

Walk into the burning horizon.
Follow where they have led
time and time before.

Walk (to Righteousness)

Written By: Andrea Taylor & Matt Wenzel

I’m drawing words from tired blood
These days aren’t too long
with love and a gun
Slept right through the goodbyes
Liquid eyes and a forced smile
We are the dead flowers

Trying to hope
Trying to breathe
Always trying
But never
It’s never enough
No, never
It’s never enough
You’ve cut me down for the last time
And brought it upon my head
Over again

Loveless wrists and waterless lungs
Your lips were the sweetest
To give you my best
One more kiss
so I can forget that the knife is sharp
As these days embrace
forgotten dreams

Trying to hope
Trying to breathe
Always trying
But never
It’s never enough
No, never
It’s never enough
You’ve cut me down for the last time
And brought it upon my head
Over again

I have come down

Trying to hope
Trying to breathe
Always trying
But never
It’s never enough
No, never
It’s never enough
You’ve cut me down for the last time
And brought it upon my head
You’ve cut me down for the last time
And brought it upon my head
My head
again

Roses

Written By: Andrea Taylor

Make me one
with this dance of death.
Across my breast
your fingers run and tears into your smile-
there was a time
when roses grew
out of my head
and into you.
Yet, still I fight
the unknown specter
of regret
and of tonight.

Yet, never would I change this:
never bleeding, never bare.
And you dig deeper-
hit the nerve and slice with all intention.

Pull me back with broken needle
and some thread-
Patch me back
with crooked stitches 'til
I look like the rag-doll that I am.
I'm blind-eyed searching
for a tourniquet
to cover me
until your... self...
is all I see.
All is all I ask.
I want to be your mask,
to be the demon on your back.

Then we laugh and pretend
it wasn't as demented as
we know it could have been.
Still these roses grow
to wrap around my feet
and pull me to the ground.
Like the suggestion of you
deep within me
like never was, but was always meant to be.
Still these tears on your lips
despite all
the beauty I can name.

We lie as vines
bind us to wrap and choke.
Nature's little dirty joke.
I work my eyes
to the side:
painless from within.
Roses never looked so lovely,
as when tearing through your skin.

Set List

Sweet Tooth
Burning Horizon
Liar
Better Than Before
Angels and Shadows
Unbroken
Walk to Righteousness
Roses
Ghost Story
Drift
Kamikaze
15/8ths