January 25, 2012
by Variance Staff
Nine years since their debut LP, The Jealous Sound has emerged with their sophomore full-length, A Gentle Reminder, to be released January 31 via Music is Subjective and Fontana Distribution. Their debut album, Kill Them With Kindness, was embraced by critics worldwide, named one of Spin's best albums of 2003 and described as “heartfelt guitar rock capable of punching you in the gut and patting you on the back.”
After taking time away from the band, frontman Blair Shehan reconnected with founding guitarist Pedro Benito. Made in the Foo Fighters' Studio 606 with John Lousteau producing, A Gentle Reminder features founding members Shehan and guitarist Benito working alongside Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters (filling in on bass for the departed John McGinnis) and new drummer Bob Penn. Josh Staples (the Velvet Teen) contributes backing vocals and bass on two tracks.
The band will head out on tour in February. Tour dates listed below, in addition to a full stream of the album available now until Tuesday, January 31, when it officially releases.
U.S. FEBRUARY TOUR:
2.3 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
2.4 Scottsdale, AZ @ Rogue Bar
2.6 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
2.7 Fort Worth, TX @ Lola's Sixth
2.8 Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz Rock'n'Roll Chicken
2.9 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
2.10 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
2.11 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
2.12 Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
2.14 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
2.15 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
2.16 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
2.17 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
2.18 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
2.19 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
2.20 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
2.21 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
2.22 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
2.24 Portland @ Hawthorne Theatre
2.25 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
2.27 San Francisco @ Bottom of the Hill
2.28 Los Angeles @ The Satellite
December 22, 2011
by Variance Staff
Merry Christmas to fans of Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars, as they gave their fans an early Christmas present last night by tweeting a link to "Safe and Sound," their collaboration for the Hunger Games movie soundtrack. The song, a dark ballad featuring harmony vocals from Joy Williams and John Paul White, features lyrics that touch on the story's themes of struggle and survival.
Click here to listen to "Safe and Sound."