Some groups take their name from quixotic sources or something that has a personal meaning. Others draw inspiration from a film or fictional character. Then there are those who capture the mundane. Singer Adam Kittredge conceived of his band's name while observing air traffic patterns in London.
Jets Overhead formed in '03 and later that year issued their self-titled debut EP. In an effort to garner attention, their first full-length album, '06's "Bridges," was offered as a free download on the group's website under a voluntary purchase ("pay what you want") model. The set earned Jets Overhead their first Juno nomination (the Canadian Grammy equivalent) for New Group of the Year. They lost the '07 honor to Mobile.
Prior to the release of '09's "No Nations" Kittredge and the group's other singer, Antonia Freybe-Smith, were married.
"No Nations" was Jets Overhead's U.S. debut. The album dispensed with the "pay what you want" model but elements of the album were made available on the band's website.
"Heading For Nowhere," the first single from "No Nations," peaked in the lower reaches of Canadian Rock Radio chart. However, the song's video was nominated for Music Video of the Year at the '10 Leo Awards (presented by the British Columbia film and television industry, celebrating excellence in artistic achievement). They lost that one to Dan Mangan's animated "Road Regrets." But "No Nations" won Monday Magazine's Favorite Album of '09.
Living on Vancouver Island, a ferry ride or flight to the mainland, offers a unique perspective. In many ways, it's a sense of separation from the hustle and bustle that consumes less remote areas. The video for the title track of the group's third full-length studio effort, "Boredom And Joy," revolved around a group of teens larking about swimming (diving from a dock with a "No Diving" sign), hiking, biking and setting small fires and smoke bombs in a rural setting. "'Boredom And Joy" is an ode to freedom," said Kittredge.
To make the video for the ballad "What You Really Want," Jets Overhead created a website asking fans to submit photos of themselves with their desires written on a card. People wrote everything from 'love', 'peace', 'adventure' to a 'haircut'. One of the more moving pictures showed a young woman in a hospital bed. Her sign read: 'To walk again'.
2003 Jets Overhead EP
2009 No Nations
2011 Bystander EP
2012 Boredom And Joy