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Mystery Jets Biography

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Birth Place: Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London, England
Years Active: c. 2004-present
Genres: Indie Rock, Post-punk Revival

Mystery Jets is an indie rock/psychedelic band from Twickenham, London which formed in 2004. The band includes Henry Harrison (piano), Blaine Harrison (vocals, guitar and keyboards), William Rees (guitar and vocals) and Kapil Trivedi (drums), Kai Fish (bass) and Tamara Pearce-Higgins (organ). Their original name was Misery Jets, which was taken from an Evening Standard headline and was changed to Mystery Jets when Blaine accidentally misspelled the name while painting it on a drum skin.

Early on the band recorded an eponymous EP with Aswad producer Nick Sykes. They would practice in a boat shed built by Henry on land he bought after a hippie commune on Eel Pie Island burned down. The “Eel Pie Island EP” was recorded soon after by a young producer called Bishop Dante at Rooster Studios and released in 2004.

The band issued its first proper single, a limited edition 7-inch of “Zoo Time,” on Transgressive Records. Soon after, they signed with 679 Recordings. Their debut album, “Making Dens,” was released by 679 Recordings in 2006. It featured the single, “The Boy Who Ran Away,” which reached #23 on the U.K. Singles chart.

Mystery Jets’ second album, “Twenty One,” appeared in 2008, peaking at #42 on the U.K. Album Chart. The album spawned the singles, “Young Love” featuring Laura Marling and “Two Doors Down,” which peaked at #24 on U.K. Singles chart.

In January 2009, Mystery Jets left their previous contract with 679 Recordings and signed a new deal with Rough Trade Records. Their next album, “Serotonin” was released in 2010. It, too, peaked at #42 on the U.K. Albums chart.

The band’s fifth album, “Radlands,” followed in 2012. The album was recorded in a home recording studio set up in a country house by the Colorado river in the Westlake area in Austin, Texas. It peaked at #40 on the U.K. Albums chart.