Jet released their first new song in seven years on Friday — and it’s a far cry from the garage-rock the “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” band broke out with in the early ’00s.
For their return, the Aussie rockers teamed with Italian electro duo the Bloody Beetroots for what they’ve categorized as a double single. Together, the acts released two versions of the new track “My Name Is Thunder”: One is electro-oriented and bills the Bloody Beetroots first, while the other is rockier and leads with Jet.
“This song is really a plutonium bomb, it’s like putting a bell pepper in the ass of AC/DC, (yet making it functional for 2017),” the Beetroots wrote in an Instagram post teasing the song on Thursday.
In a statement, Beetroots member Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo explained how the collaboration came about. “I knew this song needed a certain rock tone… a tone like Nic Cester of Jet had,” he said. “We thought instead of someone ‘like Nic Cester,’ how about we get the real Nic Cester!” And Rifo said that, maybe, the collaboration prompted Jet to begin “thinking about getting back together.”
Jet last released an album in 2009, but they opened a series of shows for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Bband in Australia earlier this year.
Hear both versions of “My Name Is Thunder” above.