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10 Years of FILTER: Issue #7 Revisited, Getting To Know Stereophonics, Jet and more (Sep/Oct 2003)

By Staff on February 27, 2012


10 Years of FILTER: Issue #7 Revisited, Getting To Know Stereophonics, Jet and more (Sep/Oct 2003)

2012 marks FILTER Magazine‘s tenth year in print. To celebrate, we are looking back at some of our favorite magazine features, from July 2002’s Issue #1 all the way up to this coming November’s Issue #50.

Getting To Know is a section in the magazine that serves as a good gauge for our predictions of greatness. In FILTER Issue #7, released September/October 2003, we introduced Stereophonics, Ima Robot, Jet, WHY?, and Bent. Here is a brief look at those artists, then and now.

Stay tuned for Issue #7's complete "HOT HOT HEAT: The Heat Also Rises" cover story to be posted later this week.

Getting To Know Recap

ISSUE 7: Sep/Oct 2003

Photo by Scarlet Page

Band: Stereophonics

Where They Were Then: Teetering on the edge of complete mainstream popularity, Stereophonics had just released their fourth full-length LP, You Gotta Go There To Come Back, and were about to break into the US music scene.

Where They Are Now: After the release and tour in support of their eighth studio album Keep Calm and Carry On in 2009, Stereophonics recently announced the start of work on their follow-up album with no hard release date in sight.

FILTER Said: In the past, Kelly has spent most of his time writing songs about other people’s strange lives, weaving off beat tales of the fringe element into stadium-sized anthems.

They Said: “I never really wanted to be in a band that depended on one single, that’s not really what Stereophonics is. That said, to write U2’s ‘Beautiful Day’ is not as easy as it sounds.”


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Band: Ima Robot

Where They Were Then: The dance-punk musical and fashion styling of Ebert and Ima Robot were just pushing the boundaries of the Los Angeles hip scene with the release of their debut self- titled album.

Where They Are Now: Ima Robot is still recording and touring. Most recently they released Another Man’s Treasure in 2010. Front man Alex Ebert has been splitting his time between Ima Robot, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros which released the addictive hit song “Home”.

FILTER Said: Nothing about Ima Robot has been an accident. It’s one thing to experiment, stumble along, and let your art mature organically. It’s another to allow emulation to penetrate deep into your essence of being.

Band Said: “I’m vaguely aware—and I mean this seriously—I’m vaguely aware that the label and other people that intend to profit off us or me, see our aesthetic as beneficial or profitable. I’m vaguely aware of that, but there is no pressure of that for me. They can bank off me if they want to. I’m glad I’m not them, looking like some leach.”


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Band: Jet

Where They Were Then: Jet just released their first album Get Born which featured the hit song “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”, used in the first iPod commercials. The Australian lads were also the supporting act for the Rolling Stones on the Australian leg of their tour.

Where They Are Now: After releasing their third studio LP, Shaka Rock, Jet has gone on a band hiatus, but are not out of the game yet.

FILTER Said: It’s time for them to wrap it up and trudge off to the soundstage and the hot lights to complete the agony of making a music video. The backdrop of the stage is completely white—images will be added digitally later—and looking at these four brown blots on this pristine surface, you realize that it is absolutely necessary for these guys to become full on arena-filling rock stars. Their songs are certainly good enough. But more importantly, in what other sphere of life will they ever be allowed to be this fucking filthy?

Band Said: “We don’t want to be an indie band. If you want to be an indie band, just stay in your fucking garage”


Band: WHY?

Where They Were Then: The solo project of Northern Californian, Yoni Wolf, just released his first album on anticon: Oaklandazulasylum.

Where They Are Now: Growing from one man and a computer to a larger band of 3-4 people depending on the time, WHY? has released three albums after his debut, including the most recent, Eskimo Snow in 2009.

FILTER Said: His observations are whimsical and dark, painting odd pictures of urban sprawl, disillusion and TV Land sameness.

Band Said: “What makes our music related is it all has this honesty to it, it all comes from that space in our selves. It’s not a craft that we learned to do and have gotten good at.”


Band: Bent

Where They Were Then: After just releasing Everlasting Blink, their second full-length album, Bent was enjoying the thrills of becoming a well known electronica duo bringing together infectious beats and vintage pop vocal tracks.

Where They Are Now: The electronica duo of Simon Mills and Nail Tolliday, have been working most recently on the Best of Bent record. The two have not released new material together since 2006’s Intercept!

FILTER Said: True, they have quite a way with eccentric pastiche, evincing a keen ability to build songs around preposterously inconceivable samples. But the end result is as far from the camp sensibility of, say, Fantastic Plastic Machine, as it is from death metal.

Band Said: “The thing is, at the end of the day, the end result is really quite beautiful music. We’ve always had fun, but we are really attached to what we do and we are serious about it. We’re not trying to make comedy music. You can only listen to a joke once, you know?”


Issue #1 (July 2002) Getting To Know: Bright Eyes, Doves, Balligomingo, South and Breakestra
Issue #1 (July 2002) Cover Story: On the Dark Side of the Moon with Weezer
Issue #2 (September 2002) Getting To Know: Haven, Interpol, Division of Laura Lee, Jazzanova and The Cato Salsa Experience
Issue #2 (September 2002) Cover Story: Björk: Look Back In Wonder
Issue #3 (Nov/Dec 2002) Getting To Know: Clinic, Röyksopp, Thievery Corporation, Hot Hot Heat & The Pattern, Ikara Colt , The Music
Issue #3 (Nov/Dec 2002) Cover Story: Coldplay: At Home In the World
Issue #4 (February/March 2003) Getting To Know: 2 Many DJs, The Datsuns, The Microphones, Turin Brakes, Muggs, and The Coral
Issue #4 (February/March 2003) Cover Story: Art Imitating Life Imitating…THE DANDY WARHOLS
Issue #5 (May/June 2003) Getting To Know: The Ravonettes, Elefant, Verbana, Longwave, Cave In, and Paloalto
Issue #5 (May/June 2003) Cover Story: Blur: Surviving Soomsday, a True Story
Issue #6 (July/Aug 2003) Getting To Know: Broken Social Scene, Ambulance, AM Radio, Aceyalone, The Sounds, and TV Eyes
Issue #6 (July/Aug 2003) Cover Story: David Bowie: Bowie's Return To The Golden Years