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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Space City Rock is the blog to go to when it comes to keeping up with all things local music, and they just posted their best-of lists for 2012. Jealous Creatures made the cut for Top 10 Local Videos (THANKS!), but you should really check out the post because it’s pretty much an exhaustive list of what’s going on in the Houston music scene right now. Read the article here.
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
Musician to Musician: Jealous Creatures
Jealous Creatures consists of singer/rhythm guitarist Sarah Hirsch, lead guitarist Ian Hlavacek, Lisa Gallo Roth on bass, and Josh Barry on drums.
Over the last year or so, they have amassed favorable comparisons to Aimee Mann, PJ Harvey, The Pretenders, and now, from me — The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and The Dum Dum Girls with a slight country twang. They will be part of the big Chris Gray Benefit Concert on January 14, so if you’ve been meaning to catch them, that will be the perfect time to introduce yourself to their brand of rock and roll. 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