The Screaming Jets
The Screaming Jets
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Years active||1989 - present|
|Labels||rooArt, Grudge, Liberation|
|Associated acts||The Angels, Radiators, Choirboys, Aspect, Blade, Judas Priest, Saint Lucifer, BB Steal, Nat Col and the Kings, Horsehead, Judge Mercy, Jimi the Human & Spectre 7, Kevin Borich's Party Boyz, Dirty Skanks|
|Members||Dave Gleeson, Jimi Hocking, Scott Kingman, Mickl Sayers, Paul Woseen|
|Past members||Brad Heaney, Dave Holland, Col Hatchman, Izzy Osmanovich, Carig Rosevear, Grant Walmsley|
- Current line-up
- Dave Gleeson (vocals)
- Jimi Hocking (guitar)
- Scott Kingman (guitar)
- Mickl Sayers (drums)
- Paul Woseen (bass)
- Former members
- Izzy Osmanovich (guitar) (1997 - 2009)
- Grant Walmsley (guitar) (1989 - 2007)
- Col Hatchman (drums) (2001 - 2004)
- Craig Rosevear (drums) (1993 - 2000)
- Richard Lara (guitar) (1989 - 1993)
- Dave Holland (drums) (1993)
- Brad Heaney (drums) (1990 - 1993)
For the best part of the 1990s, The Screaming Jets were one of the most consistently popular and often controversial bands on the Australian circuit, with tales of wild rock n' roll indulgences occasionally making the evening news broadcasts.
The band formed in Newcastle in 1989 around the core of Gleeson, Woseen and Walmsley. All three had previously been together in a band called Aspect. With guitarist Richard Lara and former Radiators drummer Brad Heaney completing the line-up, the Screaming Jets took out Triple J's National Battle of the Bands with most members barely out of their teens and scored an ARIA nomination in 1990.
The following year, All For One was released and became one of the most popular albums of 1991, preceded by the high-charting single "Better" which remained a constant live staple. The Screaming Jets became instantly popular with this release, although success was mixed with controversy due to Gleeson's often outlandish outspokenness. Hardly a band content to sit around waiting for further success, the Jets headed for the UK and Europe where they spent the best part of the next two years, establishing a reputation as a mean and wild rock act. While there they issued the "Living in England" EP that contained three new originals along with covers of Johnny Cash and AC/DC.
They toured through the UK with the likes of Thunder and the Quireboys and played plenty of their own shows, culminating in an appearance at Germany's Rock Am Festival. During a European tour with Ugly Kid Joe Heaney was fired from the band and replaced for the rest of the dates by former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland. On Tear of Thought the brash heavy rock was tempered by introspective moments but met with little success at first until a cover of Boys Next Door's "Shivers" and then "Helping Hand" saw them back in the charts. Heaney was finally replaced by former BB Steal drummer Craig Rosevear for a US tour with Def Leppard and Ugly Kid Joe, and shortly after returning to Australia, Lara was replaced by Jimi 'The Human' Hocking, a Melbourne musician who had earlier released an album under the name Jimi the Human and Spectre 7. Lara went on to join Choirboys, with whom he played for five years.
The self-titled album made history when it became the first album to be released with a live Webcast.
Later releases saw the Jets retain their aggressive sound of the first two albums, but there have been mellower moments, with World Gone Crazy in particular containing acoustic passages and even country-flavoured tunes; indeed the band even contributed a track to a Slim Dusty tribute album.
The band's initial success was never matched, however, although they remained popular on the live circuit and still command a large following, despite tours being less frequent. Hocking left in 1997 and was replaced by Izzy Osmanovich, formerly of Judge Mercy and after an extensive national tour in 2000, Rosevear left the band. Col Hatchman was named as his replacement and in 2001 the Screaming Jets toured nationally with Kiss and Alice Cooper before announcing they would take an extended break from all recording and touring in mid-2001.
In December 2002, the band returned to live performances in support of their self-funded live album, then slipped from view once more; however the Screaming Jets returned to live performance in April 2004 and recorded a live DVD that was released in 2005. Col Hatchman departed from the band in November 2004 and formed Dirty Skanks with Nathan Cavaleri. He was replaced by Mickl Sayers. A new album was completed and released in October 2008; in early 2007 Grant Walmsley left The Screaming Jets and was replaced by former Horsehead guitarist Scott Kingman. Jimi Hocking re-joined The Screaming Jets during 2009 in place of Osmanovich. The band has played only rarely since, most significantly as appearance at Sydney's Enmore Theatre with Rose Tattoo, Baby Animals and The Poor at a benefit for former roadie and sound engineer Gregg Clarke and in January 2012 at the Summernats in Canberra.
Hatchman worked with Nathan Cavaleri in the blues band Nat Col and the Kings, Paul Woseen recorded with Sydney band Saint Lucifer and Gleeson joined The Angels in mid-2011. He raised the suggestion that the Screaming Jets would record and tour in 2013, but while the band continued to appear live occasionally, a new album didn't surface until early 2016. Mickl Sayers departed after tours with Massive and Baby Animals during 2017 and Mark McLeod joined for 2018's covers album Gotcha Covered. Cam McGlinchey joined in 2019 as the band prepared for their 30th anniversary but COVID interrupted most of their planned shows for the next few years. During the downtime, the band recorded Bitter Pill, an EP of acoustic versions of early songs. All For One was then re-recorded and released in 2021 with two bonus tracks never released on the original version. It debuted at #4 on the ARIA Album Chart but further touring in support was stymied by ongoing COVID restrictions. The tour eventually took place from July 2022. Twelve months later Gleeson announced his departure from The Angels and The Screaming Jets released "Nothing To Lose", their first new original song seven years as a precursor to a new album, Professional Misconduct, announced for October 6, and a full-scale national tour to follow, but Paul Woseen died suddenly on September 15, 2023.
|1991||All For One||rooArt|
|1992||Tear of Thought||rooArt|
|1994||The Screaming Jets||rooArt|
|1997||World Gone Crazy||rooArt|
|1999||Hits and Pieces||rooArt|
|2002||Live Forever||self release|
|2005||Rock On||Liberation Music|
|2008||Do Ya||self release|
|1991||Stop the World||rooArt|
|1995||Friend of Mine/Sad Song||rooArt|
|1997||Eve of Destruction||rooArt|
|1999||Shine Over Me||rooArt|
|2000||Higher With You||Grudge|
|1990||The Scorching Adventures of the Screaming Jets||rooArt|
|1992||Living in England||rooArt|
|2004||Heart of the Matter||self release|
|2005||Rock On||Liberation Music|