August 3rd – Revolution Cafe and Bar
w/ Ex-Optimists, Darwin’s Finches
August 17th – White Oak Music Hall,
w/ Jody Seabody and the Whirls, Darwin’s Finches, Jon Black
August 24th – Rudyard’s
w/ Vody, The Wheel Workers
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Jealous Creatures, Bazooka
Here’s how the whole band-life-trajectory thing is supposed to work: start a band just for the hell of it, at first; then realize hey, maybe this is a pretty cool deal, and begin earnestly working at it; work your way onwards and upwards, honing your skills as you go; decide to break up or soldier on; rinse, repeat.
Sometimes, though, a band seemingly steps out of the box wholly put-together and throws that whole trajectory on its head. Bands like Jealous Creatures don’t start for fun (although I’m sure they do have a good time) and go from there, but instead have what sure seems like a fully-formed vision of who they are and where they’re headed. And boom, they kick things in gear and go there. Continue reading
Jealous Creatures, Little Heaven Big Sky
Once upon a time, I tried to write a screenplay for a road movie. It pretty much sucked, frankly, but the part of the process I found myself enjoying the most, weirdly, wasn’t the actual writing of the story but coming up with the imaginary soundtrack for my hypothetical movie. I had a ball trying to scrape together — in the pre-MP3, pre-Internet age, mind you — a cassette tape of songs that sounded to me like windswept, desolate, desert highways at night. None of it was country, per se, but a lot of it ended up sounding “Western,” at least to a point, and it was all great, great stuff.
Listening to Jealous Creatures’ debut full-length, Little Heaven Big Sky, I find myself right back there at my boombox, listening to tunes by Sand Rubies and Cowboy Junkies and excitedly dubbing them onto a tape right where they sounded best in the all-in-my-head story. On the band’s previous EP, there was a hint of Western-sounding loneliness, but here the Creatures have grabbed onto that with both hands and held it tight. The drifting, far-off guitars and Hirsch’s melancholy, sometimes bitter, Margo Timmins-like vocals make for excellent road music, just like that long-trashed tape of mine; the sound of the distant highway to Somewhere Else. Continue reading
Jealous Creatures, Jealous Creatures
Okay, so here’s a funny thing: I know from the band’s bio that these songs began life as folky, singer/songwriter compositions, with frontwoman/guitarist Sarah Hirsch belting ‘em out to subdued crowds at coffee houses and whatnot between here and Austin.
Listening to Jealous Creatures’ self-titled debut EP, though, I’m having a hard, hard time believing it. Opening track “Coffee Stains” pairs nicely snarling guitars and almost-menacing, bitter vocals and makes me think of long-dead indie-rockers Magnapop more than anything else, and it leads the way through five tracks that are less jangly indie-folk and more raw, cut-open, guitar-heavy alternarock. Continue reading