After a 23-year absence, Pedaljets have returned with 11 brand new songs that feel as if they picked right back up from where they left off… and that’s a good thing! It represents a lot of what was good about the 90s and also stacks up really well with what’s current. These guys flew under the radar during their short time originally and after hearing the album’s high-energy opener “Terra Nova” (which has all the vocal swagger of Iggy Pop, courtesy of Mike Allmayer) I cannot understand why. The band sounds as tight as ever, you’d almost think they never stopped playing together. With so many 90s “alternative” bands reforming, it’s kind of nice to see one that wasn’t as huge follow suit and make the listeners wonder what they hell they were missing.

Ghetto Blaster – Ryan Fetter

From Uncut

First Album in 24 years from Kansas City’s answer to the Replacements.

Pedaljets’ 1988 debut Today Today was an undersung gem of pre-grunge US ’80s rock. The band reconvened, with Paul Malinowski replacing Phil Wade, in 2006. Their salvoes of high-powered melodic punk, laced with Beatles harmonies (the dazed and lovely “Some Kind of One”), prove affirmative and energizing with hard-won wisdom at the core. Embattled and combative on “Terra Nova”, offering a masterclass in curdled sarcasm on the belligerent “Conversations”, Mike Allmayer’s brand of hangdog dirty realism combines potency and killer riffs in equal measure. A belated but timely return.




Pedaljets – Riverview / Terra Nova (Electric Moth)

The Pedaljets’ story goes back to 1984 when the Kansas quartet was considered the missing link between The Replacements and Nirvana. They toured extensively, supporting most of the main players from the ‘80s alternative scene; Hüsker Dü, Meat Puppets, Flaming Lips, etc., and released their debut album “Today Today” to widespread acclaim in 1988. They released a second album a year later, but it was rushed and unfinished, and that disappointment, coupled with a non-stop touring schedule prompted the band to split in 1990. That should have been the end of it, but fast-forward to 2006. Such was the feeling in the band that the second album was no way to end things, they returned to the studio to tighten up and fix the mix. The results were released in 2008, with a positive review in Mojo magazine their reward. They’ve been playing and recording ever since, and the single “Riverview / Terra Nova” are the first songs released (we’ve been assured that an album will follow in the next couple of months). Available as a spiffing 7” single (pressed on snot green vinyl), it’s a firm indictment of the Pedaljets sound. “Riverview” is psychedelic grunge rock, with a massive guitar hook and lines about girls and dragonflies. “Terra Nova” leans toward a Wire-esque post-punk sound – the guitar needles and probes, and vocalist Mike Allmayer disengages like classic David Byrne or Anthony Moore. Catch ‘em if you can.

-Leicester Bangs, Rob Forbes, 2/18/13



Americana UK | A ghost is re-born These Jets originally flew in the early 1980’s, contemporaries of the Replacements, Husker Du, Meatpuppets and REM; they missed their big chance by imploding before this record, their second, could be finished. Last year they got back together in an attempt to finish it and to expand their footnote in the pages of rock history. This comes shortly after the Big Dipper anthology which also included a ‘great lost record’ and it is located pretty much in the same airport, leaving for similar destinations to True West or Guadalcanal Diary who were bringing a rootsy edge to the indie-rock sound. There’s also a lot of riff heavy chugalongs like ‘Long Distance Dead Man’ that spawned a genre of its own, grunge.
The other main move is the acoustic song that develops electric wings and flies, ‘Stipple Creek’ nails this template, and it’s a move towards storytelling though it is still wearing a plaid shirt. More soufflé like is ‘Agnes Mind’ which sounds like something the Green Pyjamas may have come up with and maybe Bleached Black could have authored ‘Bulletins’. There are some pretty staid rockers spread throughout ‘Kings Highway’ and ‘Burgundy’ are barroom rockers that reek of sticky floors and smoke. I’m even reminded of Volcano Suns or even Mission of Burma on ‘Place in the Race’, it’s these damn musical madeleines, one bite and I’m transported back.
‘Small Towns’ is a pleasant VU tune wrapped up in some country rock with a nice result and if as the PR puff suggests, they were an influence on Uncle Tupelo then if you’re going to hear it it’s going to be in ‘Giants of May’ that melds edgy melodic indie rock with gritty roots music. Thus No Depression was born and so it is perhaps fitting that this finally sees the light of day just when the magazine expires…

- David Cowling




Formed in the great plains around Lawrence, KS, the Pedaljets (the group takes their name from one of those weird tricycles manufactured in America’s heartland in the ’50s and early ’60s) could be the brightest light in the Midwest music scene. Being relatively isolated from the trend-a-minute hipster pace of big-city scenes has probably helped the Pedaljets to grow into their own maturity and sound without interference from outside, in much the same way that the relative isolation of early ’80s Minneapolis or latter-day Iowa has spawned such grear bands as the Replacements or Full Fathom Five. While saying the Jets’ new LP hearkens back to Husker Du or the Replacements of yore does ring with a bit of truth, the tag is more often an unfair one — there’s a whole lot more going on here than just guitar jet-blast angst and flannel-shirt screaming and hollering. Lyrically as well as musically, the songs in the current Pedaljets repertoire could almost all fit together as one — like a concept album without a central concept. Throughout “Pedaljets” one finds a broad, anthemic sense of vision that’s as expansive as the skies over the sprawing fields of their home state. Grab an earful, check out “Long Distance,” Small Towns,” “Dead Dogs,” “Stipple County,” or “Place In the Race.”

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