Jealous Creatures hit my musical radar late last summer. My buddy Bob said I needed to check them out during the Houston Press Music Awards showcase. Since they were one of the first bands to play, I started off at their set and could not have found a more perfect band to kick off my afternoon. Energetic, fantastic rock/pop with a beautiful, melodic sound – could it be, in this city that’s a sea of hard rock bands and rap artists that I’d finally found a Houston sound straight up my alley? Even though I could barely see any of them I was charmed with the music, and they’ve quickly become one of my favorite Houston-based bands.
Which is why I asked them to help me kick off my “5 Q’s” blog series. Throughout the year, I’ll be introducing you to some of my favorite Texas-based bands through this quick Q&A style post. I’m a big believer in supporting local music as a fan, and since so many of you reading this are from around the country – and even around the world – I thought this would be a great opportunity to better introduce you to some of the local bands I love. If you like a lot of the bands I babble about, I’m confident you’ll like Jealous Creatures too. Get to know them! (And thank you to the entire band for participating! Precedent set!)
1. Where did your band name come from? What does it signify?
Josh: Humans are, by nature, jealous creatures and jealousy can be a great motivation for songs.
Sarah: It’s also a very apt description of the band in a lot of ways…
Ian: Jealousy is the force that keeps this band strong and cohesive! Oh, and the music…
2. How would you describe your music?
Josh: Road music. Lonely. Destructive.
Meghan: And rockin’!
3. What three bands have influence you – either as an individual musician or as a band?
Josh: The Pixies, Cheap Trick, Mission of Burma.
Ian: Neil Young, REM, the Police. Think I might be able to get some Josh buy-in on that last one!
Josh: Yeah, I forgot The Police!
Meghan: Not in any order – The Beatles, Beck, Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene.
Sarah: I’m also going to claim The Pixies and throw in some Queens of the Stone Age.
Ian: Sarah and I saw QoTSA at ACL last year – it was pretty fantastic, even with the rain. They’re another band that I can say have influenced me.
4. What one song should a new fan check out and why?
Ian: Aww yeah, we’re totally going to get a four for one deal on this question, too, because we all have our own favorites. I recommend “Painful to See” because I think it does a good job of combining our various sounds, including rockin’, rowdy and fun.
Josh: “Faith In Man.” It was the first song I heard from Sarah and made me want to make music with her.
Meghan: “Such a Tease.”
Sarah: I think “Just a Memory” is a good place to start.
5. Why do you love music? What makes it important to you?
Sarah: Music seems to be something that I just need to do. I’m compelled to come up with songs, so I figure we might as well play them!
Josh: I would be lost without it. Listening to it, watching it, reading about it and making it. It’s ingrained in me so much at this point that I don’t even know if I enjoy it or not…it’s just who I am and what I do.
Sarah: It’s also the main way I make friends. I used to hang out with Ian in guitar class in high school, and even now, I got my job through my involvement with music. It’s pretty much my means of socializing with other humans.
Ian: I’m going to echo Josh on this one – it’s pretty core to my existence. Music is happening in my head all the time. I’m sure it’s not always great or tasteful, but it’s there and it’s not going away – and I love that. At my day job, I have to be mindful of the people around me or I’ll just start humming random melodies knocking around in my brain. I think the band is my musical outlet so I don’t annoy everyone else around me!
Meghan: I can say that I can’t function without music.
Josh: Literally. Her bodily functions cease.