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7" release party
PJ Harvey, Frank Black, Queens of the Stone Age, The Pretenders, Cowboy Junkies
The soundtrack to all those times when we know it's a bad idea, but we go for it anyway.
“Jealous Creatures are quite the sight to see, and their live show is pretty energetic. Their lead singer has the pipes of Chrissie Hynde, with the swagger of Patty Smyth, which comes across loud and clear on their release, 'Bazooka.'”
“I caught a strong whiff of the Pretenders while watching Jealous Creatures, but that could just be because they happen to have a female lead singer. Really, I think it's because of the tough, tuneful songs that really go somewhere, and know exactly where that is. They passed the test I give every band I see for the first time at the HPMA showcase with flying colors: Jealous Creatures made me want to go see them again immediately.”
“Jealous Creatures' 2013 album Bazooka is already on the short list of top alt-indie rock releases of the young decade, with the kind of feminine kick you used to see on '90s MTV before it got shooed away for being so dangerous. Do I dare compare them to Poe? I freakin' dare.”
“Jealous Creatures calls Houston, Texas their home since formation in 2010. In that short period of time they have already managed three releases as a band. Where many bands take longer to get things down and out as a release, Jealous Creatures seems to have hit the ground running.”
“With “Bazooka,” Jealous Creatures may have created their own specialized musical genre. This genre could and should be called Sedimentary Rock. It’s characterized by intricately crafted, multi-layered songs with dual meanings and emotions formed over time by just the right experiences, influences and ingredients gathered from all the right places, eras and genres into an interconnected whole. You could scrutinize each of these layers in detail to get a better look at the baggage they brought to the band or you could avoid the blow to the head and just grab a copy of “Bazooka.” It will give you an ample glimpse of all you really need to know about Jealous Creatures for now.”
“I remember when Babyface reviewed Jealous Creatures last time he said how impressed he was, and based on what I’ve just heard of things I’m inclined to agree with him. This is an album which moves through different moods as it progresses, roving from in your face and powerful at one moment through to laid back and soothing at another, there’s twists, turns and surprises around every corner, surely presenting us with an album that is going to be returned to time and time again.”
“After about two and a half listens, the Creatures' new album Bazooka is one of the strongest local releases I've heard in many, many many months. It's got hooks and heart, and it kinda rocks. You'll be hearing a lot more about them, I feel almost certain, but go see them Saturday before it gets a whole lot more crowded.”
“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.”
“With their 'Western Haze' brand of rock, Jealous Creatures music plays like the soundtrack to a Thelma & Louise drive through the desert. Marrying a wide range of influences – from The Pixies to Soundgarden, Bonnie Raitt to Queens of the Stone Age – the band are determined to show the world what Houston, TX has to offer. With vocals mirroring Aimee Mann and an alt-90s approach to distortion, the band could easily have been part of the original soundtrack for 'Singles.' Hot off playing two showcases at SXSW and gearing up to record a brand new LP this summer, JC is ready to show you what Space City Rock is all about.”
“The vocals throughout every track are immense, they are soft and mesmerizing. I would go as far as to say they are the driving force behind my likening for the band. They are unlike anything I have heard on this scene for a while, which means it can only be a good thing! I could sit on a beach with these tracks and get lost in my own chaotic mind.”
“Frank, freed of genre burdens, and shooting from the hip, Jealous Creatures are the tonic for the times when pop has become pitch-corrected and laden with false comforts.”
“...they write songs that can sit up on the shelf next to some of the biggest and best classic rock songwriters...”
“By the time the elegaic “Little Heaven Big Sky” comes sweeping in, with its slow-stepping, delicate drums and Mojave 3-like feel, it’s like I’m out there on that darkened highway, speeding through the black with the windows down, just me and all those regrets. And I don’t ever want to reach my destination, wherever the hell that might be.”
“K.O. does not actively engage in the local music scene, but he talks like someone who does. That's where we heard about this week's Artist of the Week, Jealous Creatures, a punchy little rock quartet with all the verve you'd expect a female-led band to possess. He mentioned them Friday afternoon; by Friday evening we were smitten.”
“[T]he music’s rough-edged and buzzy like mid-’90s alternative rock before the term became a bad word, but with singer Sarah Hirsch coming off more like Cowboy Junkies‘ Margo Timmins.”
“Jealous Creatures returns with a full length album of solid sound & lyrics. The lead singer's eloquent vocals mesh well with the sometimes rocking, sometimes laid-back tones from this talented group. Even after just a single listen, one finds the songs are already stuck on infinite repeat in one's brain. The album builds up to a beautiful finish on the last song, the title-track "Little Heaven Big Sky" which alone is worth buying the entire album.”
“By the EP’s end, I’ll grudgingly admit it — maybe Hirsch did originally play these songs on her own with just a guitar for gangs of hipster coffeehouse-dwellers. Make no mistake, though: this is how they were meant to be played, right here.”
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