The Jealous Sound
Summer 2000 saw the release of The Jealous Sound 5-song CDep on indie start-up, Better Looking Records. The band's fanbase grew rapidly as The Jealous Sound toured the country and shared the stage with At The Drive-In, The Get Up Kids, No Knife, Death Cab For Cutie and The Promise Ring. Magazines worldwide caught the excitement of The Jealous Sound's debut with glowing remarks in Maxim, CMJ, A.P., Kerrang and more. SPIN heralded The Jealous Sound as "the rock you must have".
With the success of Better Looking Records' CDep release, The Jealous Sound signed a record deal with Mojo Records in 2001. Within weeks of signing, Mojo lost their distribution and announced sweeping layoffs. The Jealous Sound found themselves in limbo. Months later, Mojo was bought out by Jive Records (home to such artists as Backstreet Boys, Jars of Clay and R.Kelly).
Obviously mismatched on Jive, The Jealous Sound managed to escape and wasted no time in signing back with former label, Better Looking Records. The Los Angeles record label is home to releases by No Knife, The And/Ors, Australia's Ides of Space and most recently, a sold-out Jimmy Eat World limited edition holiday single.
Better Looking Records is looking to release the much-anticipated 12-song full length "Kill Them With Kindness" by The Jealous Sound on June 3rd, 2003. The band just finished recording with acclaimed producer Tim O'Heir (All American Rejects, Superdrag, Sebadoh / Folk Implosion, Juliana Hatfield, Dinosaur Jr.).
Singer/guitarist, Blair Shehan says of the new record, "This is going to be a dark and moody record. The songs are still honest and revealing. With Tim producing, we're getting bigger more expansive sounds...the music will have much more of a sonic landscape."
Having formed from current and ex members of Crime In Stereo, Latterman, Bridge And Tunnel and the Motor Cycle Industry Daytrader have burst onto the punk scene with a refreshing take on an ever saturated pop punk, emo scene. Their demo, recently re-released on 7" vinyl, features the first three tracks written by the band, it blends the simplicity of Saves The Day and heartfelt passion of Further Seems Forever, to name a few. While taking influence from bands like this, Daytrader do not fall into the trap of becoming just another pop punk band, they keep it completely refreshing. Run For Cover Records.
Man Eating Tiger
Man Eating Tiger was started by brothers Jason Simpson, (formerly of "For the Last Time", "Ultraman", "Hell in the Cannon", and others), and Owen Simpson ("If Not For The Knife"). We wanted a fun, professional project to focus our creativity.
We tried many talented guitarists and eventually decided that Ryan Metz ("If Not For The Knife"), a long time friend of the brothers, and former band member to Owen, had a great attitude, and was a positive addition to our songwriting. Ryan "clicked" and hours of jamming and songwriting ensued.
Over the next several months a diverse and powerful array of music was created and roughly recorded in our home studio. We began our search for a second guitarist, and after several tries, Robb Martinez, a long time friend, and former member of "ASD", "The Skyline", "Bi-Level", and others, had the schedule and talent that fit. Initially, Robb intended to fill dual roles of rhythm guitar and lead vocals, but as our music evolved into a more technical form, He wanted to focus his talent on vocals, and now is beginning to explore keyboards as an additional tool.
Now, with several shows under our belts, and with our debut CD released, we are taking the local scene slowly, trying to get out of town, and writing another album. All of our music so far has been completely self sponsored, from writing to recording to booking and managing. We appreciate the support of our friends, fans, and family!
Our influences run vast and wide, with many common and uncommon denominators. Together, our focus is to play good music well, and to fall between few lines in our creative process. We want to provide entertainment for our friends and families, and build a fan base that extends beyond the Midwest. Please join us in sharing our music by passing word and music along to your friends and families. Expect approximately a show a month locally, and out of town.
Thanks for your support!
Jason, Owen, Ryan, Jason and Robb