Jet Set Vapour Trails
Photographed by Eye Times Photography
Jet Set Vapour Trails drummer Jeff Goodwin never expected to be a drummer; he’s played guitar for more than 20 years in Morgantown bands like Law Biting Citizens. Former One Foot in the Gravy bandmate David Krovich pushed the instrument switch on him. “I offered to play bass for him, and Dave said, ‘Sure.’ Then 10 minutes later, he told me he wanted me to play drums instead. He believed that I could do it, even though I had never really done it before. Honestly, I can’t thank him enough for that.” Now in Jet Set Vapour Trails (JSVT), Jeff says he feels more confident as a drummer. “When I joined JSVT, I was still very wary about my ability as a drummer, but these guys have really helped me to be a better player and come out of my shell.”
Guitarist Thomas Moore, bassist Orville, and Jeff make up the band—a punk-psychedelic trio with a surreal, melodic sound on songs like “Gaslight Stars” and “Pulsar.” “The songwriting naturally goes in the direction of the moody, spooky, and abstract,” Thomas says. “Sometimes, we all have days where the mundane has turned eerie, and everyday objects seem out for your blood. If you can freeze those abstract moments into a song, it sounds like what we play.” JSVT’s eight-song album, Cellophane Vampire, recorded and mastered at Zone 8 Recording in Granville, is definitely two-thumbs-up worthy, and the album captures the impressive drive of the band’s live shows. Thundering songs like “Cellophane Vampire,” “Ghost,” “Nymphs of Dirt,” and “Go Time” are chock-full of mind-lingering guitar riffs and vocals. Thomas’ sporadic guitar noodling creates notable, atypical guitar solos.
While Thomas was living in Baltimore around 2008, he started some home recordings of new songs that would eventually fuel the current band line-up. “My mind spit out the name, Jet Set Vapour Trails, and I loved the abstraction, and the feelings it evoked,” he says. All of the album’s songs were written by Thomas except for “Wasted,” which he says evolved organically between he, Jeff, and Orville. “With ‘Wasted,’ the whole band contributed, and we plan to keep that scenario going.”
All of the members of Jet Set Vapour Trails have played in different Morgantown bands over the years, and they continue to be excited by the opportunities to perform locally and see evolving, new bands like Yellowdog Union and False Pterodactyl. Thomas says, "Morgantown is special enough for me to have moved back here, and I haven't regretted a moment of it. My music life started in this city and it now continues here. Despite lulls, the scene always seems to bounce back. I always feel honored just to be a part of it."
See Jet Set Vapour Trails live:
Friday, June 14, 2013, Inn Termission, Pittsburgh, PA, with Long Knives
Sunday, June 30, 2013, 123 Pleasant Street, Morgantown, with Scattered Hamlet and Haggard Wülf
Wednesday, July 3, 2013, Club Café, Pittsburgh, PA, with Nude Beach and Beauregards