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Second time around

This time last year, Jet By Day was releasing its second album, Cascadia. But things didn't go exactly as planned. The group's label, Kindercore, folded just weeks after the release, leaving the album largely stillborn. But all wasn't lost. Cascadia has since been re-released by Future Farmer Records, and the band is throwing a party to celebrate the re-launch.

"It's like we had a false start for a year, instead of taking strides," says singer/guitarist David Matysiak. "You just have to dust your shoulders off, what else can you do?"

The Athens quartet was in the midst of a national tour when Kindercore closed shop and their booking agent stopped returning their calls. "We finally got him on the phone and he said, 'I don't have time, I can't deal with you guys right now.' So we had to get on Google and figure out where he had booked shows. It was a disaster," Matysiak recalls.

Their new (old) album features a broad sonic palette built on crashing anthemic guitar chords and pummeling rhythms that at times can sound like indie hard rock. "A lot of people were like, what's this band doing? There's all this [stuff] on here, but it just seems natural to us. None of us really want to write the same song twice," Matysiak says.

The seven-year rock vets have even begun recording tracks for their next album, The Vulture, on Future Farmer. "So we're just kind of trying to start over with Cascadia, and get a fresh start — because a lot of people never got to hear it," Matysiak says. "Hopefully we can get our name back in people's minds before we put the next record."

Jet By Day hosts its record re-release party at the Drunken Unicorn, Sat., Oct. 23, 10 p.m. The Whigs and Life At Sea open.