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Jettison Never

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States | SELF

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States | SELF
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" Jettison Never at The Sydney, Omaha, NE 4/8/10"

"...........Chattanooga, TN’s Jettison Never finished out the night, blowing the doors off of the unfortunately Omaha’d Sydney (Omaha’d: the curious Omaha phenomenon of locals showing up to support their friends and leaving before the headline touring act, leading to empty-roomed encores). Jettison Never may have borrowed their falsetto from Coheed and Cambria, and their totally sweet Orange amp stack from the past, but their sound, compelte with a whole slew of pedals, is straight from the future, baby! Rawk! .........."

-by, Jordy Clements
April 9, 2010
- Jordy Clements, Omaha.Net

"ALBUM REVIEW: Jettison Never "They Fall From Heaven Unassembled""

One of the major benefits of being a new site targeting music that is mostly unheard by the masses is that while an album may have been released a year or two ago, it is still new to us and most of, if not all of, our readers. This is especially handy when you run across an album that you just can't stop listening to, like Jettison Never's 2007 debut "They Fall from Heaven Unassembled." From the first listen, there was no doubt that we were going to Rockspose the trio out of Chattanooga, TN. But the more I listened to the album, I decided that this is one that definitely needed to be further shared with the world (Even though they are working on the follow up as I type this).

Jettison Never is a "family band" founded by brothers Josh and Matt Gilbert, who are joined by their cousin, drummer Ben Phillips. On my first go around with the album, the thing that immediately struck me was that I couldn't believe that there were only three people contributing to this intricate, often fast-paced sound. You would swear on a few of the songs that there are at least two other guitars helping support the cause, but in the end it is just two Gilberts and a Phillips!

"They Fall From Heaven Unassembled" offers a wide range of music, from the fast paced Foo Fighters-esque intro on "Love Won't Be Lost", to slower, more methodical melodies like "The Colour of Your Eyes" and "Vendetta." Jettison Never has found a unique sound that seems to give each song its own character. They do a nice job pulling bits and pieces from their musical influences throughout the disc, as the opening guitar in "Vendetta" sounds of early Coldplay and the influence of Kings of Leon is apparent in the track "Symphony of Dreams". There is also a hint of Jeff Buckley in Josh Gilbert's voice and guitar on a few of the tracks. But none of these nuances are overdone or a direct knock off of the bands, just enough to make you realize where Jettison Never came from.

While I enjoyed every song on this album, the track that I couldn't get out of my head and seemed to keep hitting the back button to listen to again was "Chemical". Maybe it was a product of the foretelling lyric "Just as long as you can hear, the sound of my voice will draw you near", or perhaps it is because Phillips is lightning quick on the drums, and the bass line that Matt thumps out carries the song from start to finish. It could also be Josh's lead vocals and the guitar work that speaks loudly to the U2 influence that the band incorporates in their music (The fast guitar rhythm on "Chemical" is very reminicent of a "Joshua Tree" Edge riff). After a good hundred listens or so, I determined that the correct answer is all of the above. The chemistry of the Gilberts and Phillips is so evident in the constant tempo changes, intricate riffs, and feverish pace of "Chemical", that it makes this song absolutely shine and stand out on what would otherwise be a hard album to choose a favorite on.

The album finishes strong with songs like "Tomorrow" and "Pull it Back", the later a track with some great soaring vocal work by Josh. Wrapping up the album is the mellow piano assisted title track, a slight departure from the rest of the songs, and a nice finish to an album that is well-balanced throughout.

Having created a nice mix of blusey rock that feels familiar yet fresh on every track of the album, this is easily a cover to cover listen. Which is exactly why you'll be happy to know they are working on the follow up when it's over, because you will want more!

--by, Chris Branch; for

- by Chris Branch (ROCKSPOSURE.COM)

"Jettison Never end tour with return to Scenic City"

For Jettison Never, 2009 has been a long year of nearly endless touring.

After almost 10 years playing together, from their early teens through their early 20s, brothers Josh and Matt Gilbert and their cousin Ben Phillips decided it was time to get serious or get out of the game.

"It was like, 'Do we keep doing this as a hobby or do we actually try to do something more with it, whether that's the right thing to do or not?'" said Josh Gilbert, the group's lead singer. "It's definitely more than a hobby.

"We've felt that way since we came of age, after our developing and growing stages."

The trio decided to buckle down, buckle up and hit the road to seek out new fans in venues across the country.

The last 11 months of touring, hitting clubs from the Pacific Northwest to New England, have been quite an adventure, Josh said.

"We just sat back and said, 'Where have we not been?' which as of this year, was quite a few places," he said. "Sometimes, stuff worked out, and sometimes it didn't, but it's all about building a fan base in as many states as possible.

"The longer time went on, the cooler it sounded to say, "Yeah, we've been on tour since January.'"

Saturday, the trio will make their triumphant return to Chattanooga to headline a four-bill show at Mosaic. It will be their first show at the venue in a year and their first Scenic City performance since Riverbend in June.

Despite reinventing their sound over and over as they grew and matured along with their sound, Josh said Jettison Never has finally found its musical balancing point.

With their sound firmly fixed, Josh said the band plans to use the Mosaic show as both a testing ground for new material and as a financial leg up to kick-start work on what he considers their second "real" full-length album.

Chattanooga Times Free Press music reporter Casey Phillips spoke with Josh Gilbert, lead singer of local rock band Jettison Never, about how they made it out of Chattanooga, spending 11 months on the road and his favorite words.

CP: Is there a story behind the band's name?

JG: We liked the word “jettison,” but it developed meaning over the years. It doesn't have a specific meaning, and we kind of leave it up to fans and people to get their own meaning out of it. To us, as a band and as a family, we kind of looked at the name like “Well, we have a lot of family stuff we've shared like hardships and different things, but we're still together and playing music, we're not going to give up on it.” At the time, we might have felt like our families had given up on stuff, given up on staying together with divorces and people dying. That's just life, but we figured the music would live on and be a constant, even if we died.

CP: What other words do you like besides “jettison”?

JG: I like the word “symmetry.” I think that bands should have a symmetry to their music and look for symmetry when they play with each other.

CP: Does being a family band pose any unique challenges or offer any unique rewards?

JG: You know, we're rather fortunate in that our personalities are compatible. My brother and I never fought physically or anything. We argued, but even when we were little kids, we never hit. I was always the bigger one - I guess I grew faster - but that wasn't the point. We just didn't care about small things. I think that we were semi-mature when we started out - we're talking before high school. We've all had our differences, but it's been easy, with our personalities, to bounce stuff off each other and come to a resolve. It's not like with friends where you get so offended you say, “Well, I'm not going to be your friend anymore.” They're family, so you've got to work it out.

CP: Looking back on the last 10 years, in what ways has the band changed?

JG: (Laughs.) Well, we've gone through a lot of sound changes, but our instrumentation has never changed. The style of music and guitar tones have changed. We've used a lot of different drums sounds and styles of playing. It's not a completely different approach to things, but in terms of overall sound, it's different. We all try to balance each other out. We've always tried to do that. It's not a guitar song or a bass solo song or a fast drum song - we balance the three pieces together.

CP: What's your writing/arranging process?

JG: It's mostly collaborative. I kind of bring ideas to the table of a melody. I think about a guitar part and I'll hear a melody over that in my head. Then, I bring it to the table. If we're already working on something already or just kind of thinking about new stuff, I'll just bring a melody and a basis to something. It might not even end up in the song; I'll let them write their own part, what they feel needs to be fill in the other parts of the song.

CP: Do you find yourself drawn to a particular type of song or lyrical subject when you're writing? Do you fictionalize often or do you focus on real-life experiences?

JG: Lately, I've been trying to write metaphorical stories and make characters - “They're walking here, they're doing this, and something interacts with them.” I've not always been able to do that. It's mostly been life experiences from my own perspective in the form of a metaphorical poem. It's never been literal, as far as me telling a story about myself, but I can relate it to my life experiences.

CP: Do you feel like dealing with things on a more metaphorical level makes it easier or harder for audiences to connect with the music?

JG: I write to raise questions because I find a lot of questions about life and love and what is constant, to lead back to our name. Writing to raise questions does relate to people, even if they have no idea what I'm talking about or don't know my life experiences I'm painting a picture of. I think that, for the most part, I relate to audiences with our style of writing, but it may not be obvious or up front.

CP: When you set out to create a song, what kind of goal do you set for yourself? Is it getting audiences to dance or trying to convincingly capture an emotion?

JG: I don't know if other people say this or not, but I want to impact people. I want to impact their lives. The point of us being on stage and playing is definitely. It's not just about having fun and dancing or partying; it's, “Did you make someone think about their life? Did you make someone care about more than partying or dancing or caring about the mundane things?” The songs are connecting with people. We want to connect to people, not in the “let's party way,” but I do feel like we connect with people. I have people from all walks of life come up to me and say a song meant a lot to them. Our goal is to connect to people with a positive message. We're not out to be tongue-in-cheek or to put people down. I don't want to draw you into the depressingness of my life. It's a case of “Look what I've gone through. This is what I believe about this situation, and there's a hope to it.”

CP: Is connecting with audiences in that way something you feel you've grown better at as time progressed?

JG: Yeah, I definitely think we've gotten better at it, not just from a writing perspective but also from a stage performing perspective. There's a persona you jump into when you get out there, even if you're trying to be “real,” like a lot of people claim. That's a difference between people like Lady Gaga and some of the folk artists, whose claim is to be indie and more “real.” Both ends of the spectrum have their personas, no matter what you do.

We've gotten more effective in our writing, more effective at saying what we want to say and connecting with people, to their passions and hopes and dreams.

CP: You've said “positive” a couple of times. If inspiration struck you for a song that was negative, would you still write it?

JG: I definitely would, but I always put hope into it, no matter what it is. There's always hope at the end, even if it's one sentence or one word. I think that's what makes a story, even if I don't write a literal story in each song. More and more, I'm trying to do that, trying to make it connect in as many possible ways as I can, metaphorically and literally.

I definitely would write something negative, but more as a staging with a positive ending. Not necessarily a happy ending, but it has a positive outcome or solution.

CP: You guys have been on tour for a while now trying to proactively seek out and build your fan base. When did that become a focal point for the band?

JG: Last year, we were doing a few tours, going back and forth and trying to figure out how to balance life and work. It was like, “Do we keep doing this as a hobby or do we actually try to do something more with it, whether that's the right thing to do or not?” We decided last year to try harder than we have been doing.

CP: So of the two options, you've decided music is more than just a hobby you've had for 10 years?

JG: Yeah, it's definitely more than a hobby. We've felt that way since we came of age, after our developing and growing stages. We just didn't know how to balance it or what we should be doing. We decided to go touring as much as we can this year to see what it does take to build a fan base in other cities and states.

CP: There are a lot of local bands that talk about how they can't get shows outside Chattanooga or that they tour, meaning hitting regional cities. How is it that you managed to make it all the way out to the West Coast?

JG: It's just vigilance. It's no different from anything else. It's finding the right venue and having the endurance to pursue everybody long enough that somebody gets back to you. Maybe I shouldn't give out any of my “secrets,” but there's really nothing to it but plugging away on the web researching every possible venue in every state. If it's a big-size city and I find 50 or 100 venues, I get in contact with every single one. It doesn't matter what it is because it's a show and hopefully, one of them will get back to me.

We just sat back and said, “Where have we not been?” which as of this year, was quite a few places. So we tried to go to it, but we had to research. You can't just go to a show in one place and expect to make it up to New York City all the sudden. You have to do stuff in between to be able to make it there. You have to pick your routing strategically, hitting the major cities between here and there.

Our goal was to get every city we wanted to between one date and another date. Sometimes, stuff worked out, and sometimes it didn't, but it's all about building a fan base in as many states as possible.

CP: Was this your first major national tour?

JG: If on a national scale you're talking about more than just the Southeast, then yeah, this year, from January until April, was our first real, national tour, hitting as many cities as possible.

CP: April? Aren't you guys still technically on the same tour?

JG: We went out to California, and that was basically our goal, to work on some music and work with industry people we thought could help us. Things didn't exactly work out, but that's OK because we were still building a fan base, no matter what. Then, we came back and took a couple of weeks off and did some summer touring in the Southeast as far away as Louisiana and North Carolina and everyhting in between. Then, we did the Midwest until August. Then, we rounded it up with hitting the New England states and Pennsylvania.

CP: So you guys have basically been on the road non-stop since January?

JG: (Laughs.) Yeah, basically. That's what we told people on the road when they asked us, “How long have you guys been doing this?” The longer time went on, the cooler it sounded to say, “Yeah, we've been on tour since January.” (Laughs.)

CP: Looking back on the year, what are your thoughts about what you've accomplished over the last 11 months? Did you learn anything important or unexpected on the road?

JG: We've seen it before, and I talk to as many touring artists as I can that we meet, and it's always good to see what they've been doing, but if they're doing what we've been trying to do, they'll tell you not to try and hit up the West Coast and tour as much of the East Coast as possible. I would say that we didn't reject that advice, we knew it would be a lot harder to get out to the West Coast, but we wanted a good start breaking ground everywhere we could. We definitely did. We have a lot of venues we came back to, even on the West Coast, two or three times this year.

We definitely learned what it takes to earn a fan base and get people to come out. It doesn't work for every city, but we basically know what venues can give us a good start and what cities where we had people come out. It may only be five people, but we know they're coming out for us. Bands, too, networking with bands.

CP: The Fathom show is to raise money to get back into the studio, right?

JG: Yes. We hope to raise some money for that during the show. That would definitely be awesome. We'll be writing a new album, our second full length. It's crazy. The way we write is crazy in how much we've changed from when we were younger. Every year, we'd be changing, and every year, we'd have something new recorded. We'd be so sick of the past year that we'd hide it from everybody, trash it and start over again. Basically, it's like writing a second album, even though we've recorded a couple of full lengths before this and three or four EPs.

CP: When did that process of continual reinvention end? When did you achieve a sound you were comfortable with?

JG: I think back in '06 when we did an EP (“Eye on the Sky”). That was the start of the sound when we were like, “OK, we have something we can at least tour with.” After that, it's crazy, but somehow, we wanted to write a full length in addition to that. We didn't have enough music available. We had these ones we'd been working on for a while and threw them in with the EP, but we were like, “We don't really want to record those old EP songs” when it came down to it, so we wrote some new music and came out with a new full-length. That's our sound.

CP: What will fans notice about that new music in terms of how it's different from what they've been hearing since 2006?

JG: It's not a whole lot different. In a nutshell, it's more marketable. They'll notice that. They'll notice that the songs are shorter. You can actually put them on the radio, whereas our first full-lengths, really all our albums, have been experimental. We like so many different styles, so many different bands. We like the way bands produced albums so it wasn't just a song made for radio, like a set structure all the time. You had a little bit of this and that and a little bit of segues between songs. This album is definitely not that. It was created with the focus of, “Let's get to the next level and not get stuck.” A lot of bands, when they get big enough, can do what they want, but we've learned that, while we may not always be able to do what we want right at first, hopefully, we can call the shots later on, 5-10 years down the road.


* What: Jettison Never, Moonshoes Mumsy, Tryezz Project and Feed the Lions.

* When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

* Where: Mosaic, 412 Market St.

* Admission: $6.

* Phone: 757-0019.

* Venue Web site:

* Related links at


2005: "Eye on the Sky" (EP)

2007: "They Fall From Heaven Unassembled"


Jettison Never was never intended to have any deep meaning or significance, but over the years, it's developed one, said lead singer Josh Gilbert. Now, the band interprets it as a reference to their commitment to each other as a family and to their music as a living testament to that.

E-mail Casey Phillips at - by Casey Phillips (Chattanooga Times Free Press FYI)

"Band Formed In Chattanooga In 1998 Appearing Back Home Dec. 5"

A band formed in Chattanooga in 1998 that now tours across the country will be making a return appearance in Chattanooga on Dec. 5.

Comprised of brothers Matt and Josh Gilbert and cousin Ben Phillips;
the three-piece Jettison Never "combines honest lyrics, tight vocals, and personal chemistry, producing a sound you will never forget."

Jettison Never was formed when the trio "began to share family and life's
hardships, and decided to put their efforts together into some original music. From the opening chords to the last note, the natural ability and hard work that's gone into the music is evident.

Jettison Never can be classified as 'alternative/rock' with a sound influenced by bands in the vein of Mute Math, Coldplay, Kings Of Leon, and The Killers, as well as garnered many references to the earlier sounds of U2 & The Police.

"Now mustering an ambitious goal to build a national fan base, the band
spends nine months out of the year performing at hundreds of venues
across the United States sharing the stage with many acts including
the likes of Mute Math, Bowling For Soup, Cool Hand Luke, and Pillar.

"With their current full-length release "They Fall From Heaven
Unassembled" (c) 2007, in the past year alone, Jettison Never has
performed 200+ shows in upwards of 44 states, and in over 70 cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Raleigh, Seattle, Portland, Orlando, Minneapolis, Austin, Dallas, New Orleans, San Francisco, Denver, Lexington, LA, etc."

Jettison Never plans to release a new
full-length album by next year. The band is going to start recording
in December.

The show will be at Club Fathom, where they will perform four new songs live from their upcoming album.

For a complete current and past gig list, as well as current music visit

--by John Wilson, for The

- by John Wilson (

"'Listen Up': Jettison Never"

Published: 06:00 AM, Mon Mar 08, 2010
Listen Up: Jettison Never
By Jessica De Vault
Staff writer

The members of Jettison Never have spent a great deal of their careers touring. Yet the alternative-rock outfit from Chattanooga, Tenn., is on a mission to get more fans, especially since their latest album, "Waiting For Apparitions," is set to be released this fall.

The three-piece band is embarking on a spring tour that will include a stop at The Rock Shop on Saturday. The show also will include local acts Oakcrest, Messenger of Hope and Dreamkiller.

Josh Gilbert, the band's guitarist and lead vocalist, said concert-goers can expect to hear some of their new music.

"We'll be performing three or four songs from our new CD that we've been working on this winter," he said.

Jettison Never formed in 1998 with Gilbert, his brother and bass player, Matt, and their cousin and drummer, Ben Phillips. They took their musical cues from influencing acts like Coldplay, The Killers and Kings of Leon.

Since they formed, the band has toured nationally with acts like Mute Math, Pillar and Cool Hand Luke.

In 2006, Jettison Never released its first EP, "Eye On The Sky." The full length, "They Fall From Heaven Unassembled," followed in 2007 and the "Unassembled" EP was released the next year.

Gilbert said the band tapped into a new "supernatural" sound for its forthcoming release that may come as a pleasant shock for listeners.

Gilbert spoke with the Weekender Street Edition about Jettison Never's upcoming show, tour and musical evolution.

Weekender: The title, "Waiting For Apparitions" is a unique title for your new album. What's the story behind that?

Gilbert: It has kind of a spiritual, supernatural theme to the music. Some of it is a little bit spooky, some a little bit questionable. But it still has the same flair as our old music, and it still has the same depth and passion, except we wanted to take the themes to another more poetic, supernatural feel.

Weekender: How has the band evolved from its first album EP in 2006?

Gilbert: We've gotten a lot tighter in our performances and more effective in our writing. And we've grown a lot in our lyric writing, being more poetic and trying to make the meanings count rather than just saying what I feel. It's saying things with a little more thought.

The music is more fine-tuned, and we made it more marketable. Instead of laying down a seven-minute set of a jam session, we're trying to make things more marketable and commercial and have a broader audience.

Weekender: What inspires some of your material now?

Gilbert: I guess I draw from personal experiences like any other artist. I would say that lately I've been trying to paint more pictures through poetry than eluding to personal experiences. Most of the themes are spiritual and dealing with raw emotions and raw passions and questioning the deeper things of life than taking what's in front of you. It's more of a thinker's music than a partyier's music.

Weekender: What do you hope listeners will take from your music?

Gilbert: My hope is to connect our personal experiences and our questionable sort of spiritualism and questioning of what life is all about with them through our performances and our CDs, rather than just partying together - even though we do like to have fun. We hope they'll enjoy some of our new stuff and the new lyrical content, as well, and appreciate it for being more thought out.

Weekender: So what's up next for Jettison Never?

Gilbert: We'll release the new album in the fall quarter. Then do another big college tour, probably go across the U.S. We did that two or three times last year. But once this year is going to be good enough. Then we're on to anything else we can lay our hands on: radio play, records labels and whatever kind of things we can do to promote our music to the next level.
Want more? Visit or Staff writer Jessica De Vault can be reached at or 609-0649.

- Fayetteville Observer: Weekender Now


"Eye On The Sky" EP (c) 2006
"They Fall From Heaven Unassembled" (c) 2007
"Unassembled" EP (c) 2008
"Waiting For Apparitions" (c) 2010 COMING THIS FALL



When brothers Matt and Josh Gilbert and cousin Ben Phillips shared their tales of family and life hardships they decided to turn those tales into some original music.

So begins the story of Jettison Never. Formed in Chattanooga in 1998, its music features honest lyrics, tight vocals and personal chemistry producing a sound you will never forget! From the opening chords to the last note, the natural ability and hard work that's gone into the music is evident.

Jettison Never can be classified as "alternative/rock", with a sound influenced by bands in the vein of Mute Math, Coldplay, Kings Of Leon, and The Killers; as well as many references to the earlier sounds of U2 & The Police.

Now mustering an ambitious goal to build a national fan base, the band spends nine months of the year performing at hundreds of venues across the United States. They have shared the stage with many acts including the likes of Mute Math, Bowling For Soup, Cool Hand Luke, and Pillar. During their 2009-2010 tour, Jettison Never performed over 200 shows in 44 states in over 70 cities.

With a debut album release and five national tours under their belt, Jettison Never continues to increase their fan base. That base will continue to grow with a follow up album to release digitally in September of 2010.