Life has a way of coming full circle. For Blair Shehan of L.A.’s The Jealous Sound, it’s brought him back to his SoCal town and to the creative space to write, record and release A Gentle Reminder, the band’s first album since the pinnacle 2003 Kill Them With Kindness. Chatting with me as he got ready for their nationwide tour, Blair reflected on his personal past, present and the future of The Jealous Sound.
Tonight the Doomtree collective begins its ambitious tour (no, not a friggin’ reference to Madonna), the start of many, many days on the road - from January 19 to March 20, including SXSW dates from March 13 to 18 - introducing fans to the live versions of the songs from No Kings, written, recorded, mixed, mastered and released in 2011 in yet another ambitious, albeit tenacious, fashion.
Here are some quick facts on the Austin band, Love Inks, which is comprised of Sherry LeBlanc (lead vocals, synthesizer) Kevin Dehan (guitar, backup vocals…original member and guitarist Adam Adam Linnell is no longer with the band, so Kevin’s moved into the guitarist chair), Derek Brown (bass, backup vocals…the new guy picking up the bass previously held by Kevin).
Talking with the duo that makes up Flashlights – Ethan Converse and Sam Martin – we were huddled down at the Hi-Dive's “green room” chatting about this freshman outfit in Denver before their opening gig for ManCub, another duo who is breaking ground in Denver’s expanding electro pop and dance playground.
Last year Viva City released their debut album, Phobia, in conjunction with a venture to SXSW, performing at parties and the infamous British Embassy Showcase. In 2012 the U.K. electro-rock outfit are back again with a new single, “Dive In,” a renewed Visa, and another long airplane ride to the states to join the SXSW carnage this year.