After a few line-up changes, Friday night at Gus' with The Motorleague, The Cobra Jets, The Cuban Assassins and The Baketones promises to be a rip-snorting, ribcage-juddering rock 'n' roll party that will leave you with ringing ears and dry heaves. That's the ambition of Frederiction's Cobra Jets, anyhow.
"Our sound has been described as the MC5 fighting Turbonegro and Gluecifer over the last beer in the fridge," says guitarist Billy Strange, who also names the usual suspects (Hellacaust, Motorhead) as major influences. The band is a new incarnation of seasoned New Brunswick musicians, featuring Strange, Brian Davis on drums, Mike Love on bass, the improbably named Bolt Vanderhuge on vocals and Jon Price sharing guitar duties. "I've been using a few of our songs with many different people and under a few different names for one-offs, private parties or simply for fun," Strange says. "The group is now as solid a lineup as I have ever had the pleasure of being part of."
After sharing a handful of dates with The Motorleague (who have been tapped to play with Bad Religion and Alexisonfire at Envol et Macadam in Quebec City later this month), the Jets plan to hit the studio to record some songs for a 7-inch with a full-length following shortly thereafter. Also on Friday's bill are The Baketones, fresh from their first tour across the Maritimes. Despite lead singer Ben Kelly's bashed-up hand and a few fuzzy nights, they seem no worse for the wear.
"Being on the road has made us realize one thing: we need to be on the road more," says Kelly. "In New Brunswick we tore it up and people went apeshit like they did in Halifax at our first show. I see many more cities in our future."