Since forming Jets Overhead in 2003, band members Adam Kittredge, Jocelyn Greenwood, Luke Renshaw, Piers Henwood and Antonia Freybe-Smith have made their presence felt in the Canadian music scene. The self-managed band from Victoria, BC has mesmerized crowds at home and abroad with its hypnotic take on trance rock. The success of the band’s debut self-titled EP in 2003 landed them a spot on the 2003 Reach Tour in Ireland and the UK. Returning to their roots the following summer, the band headlined the prestigious 2004 Victoria Folkfest in front of over 2000 people in their hometown.
Jets Overhead has performed with The Stills, The Dandy Warhols, Stars, Our Lady Peace, Tegan and Sara, Powderfinger and 54*40. In September 2004, the music video for their single “Sun, Sun, Sun” was voted as one of the top 20 videos at Indie Music Video Award screenings in Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle and New York. After taking time out of their busy touring schedule to work on a full-length release, Jets Overhead released their debut full-length Bridges in September 2005. The album was produced by Neil Osborne of 54*40 and mixed by Warne Livesey (Midnight Oil, Talk Talk), and reached a top 10 position on Canada’s national college radio charts shortly after its release.
As their musical profile continues to gain more and more critical acclaim, Jets Overhead has also shown an appreciation for the power of music to make a difference in the world. The band has contributed the song “Get It Right” from their most recent release to the War Child Canada benefit album Help: A Day In The Life, the proceeds from which will support War Child Canada’s international humanitarian projects for war-affected children.
Jets Overhead supports get loud and War Child Canada. Other organizations and campaigns that Jets Overhead has been involved with include:
- In February 2005, Adam Kittredge took part in Victoria’s city-wide tsunami benefit relief concerts which raised funds to support the Canadian Red Cross’s tsunami relief efforts.
- Jocelyn Greenwood co-composed a 2001 film project by National Geographic filmmaker Sean White with proceeds going towards building an elementary school in Nepal.