London quartet Decoy Jet recently released their first single Action Reaction– a fresh take on good ol’ strong British rock ‘n’ roll. This song has got us feeling alive as Decoy Jet infuse their Brit-rock with jangled guitars and indie charm. With the single recently hitting over 3,000 listens on SoundCloud, AMBY caught up with the band to talk about Britain’s best chipshop, loving new music and older classics, and wanting to hang out with The View!
AMBY: Hello Decoy Jet, please introduce yourselves to AMBY!
Decoy Jet: Thanks for having us. I’m Ted Joyce frontman, we have Alan Thompson on Bass, Connor Johnson on lead guitar and Zac Rubin on the sticks.
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Decoy Jet: A distinctive British sound. Indie tinged Rock & Roll with a groove that gives you no choice but to move with. Think 60’s rock and roll mixed with 90’s post-punk.
AMBY: We’re hooked on Action Reaction. What’s the story behind the song?
Decoy Jet: This was one of the first songs we wrote and completed together as a band, we were all pretty excited about just starting out and naturally came out with a feel good energetic song. It all kind of stemmed out of the break down riff where each on of us take turn in playing a little riff. so much fun to play live too.
AMBY: Where did the name Decoy Jet come from?
TJ: Something I had been playing around with when I was doing solo acoustic stuff, a kind of alias… nothing came out of it and when we got together I suggested it and the rest of the guys liked it. I always find that band names often detract from the music itself sometimes… so ‘decoy’ was meant to be a kind of double negative.
AT: We all really liked it because it had potential for really strong imagery.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?
AT: A couple weeks ago we played a show at The Macbeth in Hoxton for This Feeling, it was the biggest show we’d played to date and all was going swimmingly. Until Ted spilt a whole beer and his guitar cut out! at the climax of the set as well, luckily he championed through, jumped off stage and started to dance with the crowd… the rest of us just went with it and at the end it made a really interesting end to the set
AMBY: If you could hang out with any of your influences for a day, who would you be with and what would you do?
Decoy Jet: Definitely The View! Them guys are mental and know how to party. I’ve heard Kyle is a dab hand at golf so I’d love to give him a whipping at mini golf. Then again they’d probably get pay back by drinking us under the table after.
AMBY: Which bands or artists have you been listening to lately?
Decoy Jet: Our pals Dexters have really been ripping it up recently. they also have this great British sound. the tunes are just so catchy I think I learnt all the lyrics by the 2nd time i’d seen them! they put on a great live show as well. Can’t get enough of the new James Skelly (the coral) solo album. BRMC’s new album “spector the feast” me and Alan saw them to a mental gig at the 100 club with dexters supporting. Also honourable mentions to Findlay, Temples, Catfish and the Bottlemen and the Sundowners. Should be getting some debut albums from them which will be great. We’re really into our new music as much as we are older classics.
AMBY: What’s the best song of 2013 so far?
TJ: Better Than That – Miles Kane
ZR: Shimmer – Tripwires
AT: Off & On – Findlay
CJ: Colours to Life – Temples
AMBY: What’s next for Decoy Jet?
Decoy Jet: We’ve just been in the studio doing a few more tunes so the next aim is to get one of them out. Apart from that just doing as many gigs as we can get and hopefully be on some festivals by next summer
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Decoy Jet that nobody knows yet?
Decoy Jet: We spend all time we have in between soundchecks trying to find Britain’s best Chipshop…
Thank you Decoy Jet, for giving us your answers!