by Andrew Sacher
The Jealous Sound at Terminal 5 in 2009 (more by Kurt Christensen)
The Jealous Sound formed during early part of the last decade after the breakup of frontman Blair Shehan's band Knapsack. He was joined by members of Jawbox and Sunday's Best. They released their debut LP, Kill Them With Kindness in 2003 which combined the emo-pop of Knapsack with an indie rock sensibility. They promised a followup in 2005 but ended up essentially disappearing before its release and posthumously releasing the Got Friends EP in 2008 with the material they had finished before calling it quits. The band then reunited in 2009 to tour as a supporting act on Sunny Day Real Estate's reunion tour.
Now they're again promising a second full length album. The album is titled A Gentle Reminder and is due out on January 31. They've been recording it with Nate Mendel of Sunny Day Real Estate on bass, and are recording it in the Foo FIghters' studio, which Nate is also a member of. They recently revealed the album track, "Your Eyes Were Shining," which you can stream below along with the album artwork. Gone are the powerpop induced youthful anxieties of Kill Them With Kindness, and in their place are cleaner guitars and a more subdued vocal delivery from Blair, who has gone from insisting "there is hope for us," to "you have let me down/you've disappointed me."
The Jealous Sound are going on tour in support of the new album this February. That tour includes a NYC show happening on February 15 at Knitting Factory. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed, with the song stream, and album artwork below...
The Jealous Sound -- 2012 Tour Dates
Feb 3 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
Feb 4 Tempe, AZ The Sail Inn
Feb 6 Austin, TX The Mohawk
Feb 8` Little Rock, AR Stickyz Rock'n'Roll Chicken
Feb 9 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Feb 11 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
Feb 12 Washington DC Rock adn Roll Hotel
Feb 14 Allston, MA Great Scott
Feb 15 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
Feb 16 Philadelphia, PA Milkboy
Feb 17 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
Feb 18 Chicago, IL Subterranean
Feb 19 Mineapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
Feb 21 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Feb 22 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
Feb 24 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Feb 25 Sattle, WA El Corazon