“I don't relish the thought of being alone
Sometimes it chills me right to the bone”
- Jealous Creatures
Do you frequently find yourself punching the station selection buttons on your car radio, desperately trying to escape the endless, repetitive loop swirling around in the commercial radio vortex?
The results never change. It’s always the same assortment of ordinary bands and familiar songs served up to the masses like thoughtlessly prepared school lunches rigidly proportioned by designated food group (or genre, the music business equivalent). All you’re asking for is a song that hasn’t worn out its welcome on the radio dial. You long to hear something that breaks the one-track mind business model that inexplicably drives the music industry. You want to hear a song that shakes you out of your commercial radio-induced stupor and makes you say, “Whoa! Where have I been and what have I been listening to?” You want to hear a song you’re not going to hear oversaturating the radio dial like an obnoxious, uninvited guest that won’t leave the party. You want to hear a song that arrives at the party unnoticed and without fanfare, but is engaging and captivating in its own elusive way. You want to hear a song that’s your little secret, your discovery, your personal find. This is what makes a song special to you. Once you find this song, you'll want to savor it and soon after, you'll want to share it with others who appreciate the value of hidden musical treasure so they can enjoy it too.
It’s time to break free from the commercial radio rut. To help you get started on this journey of discovery, here's your first one-track find: “Something’s Out There” by Jealous Creatures, a four-piece Houston rock band (Sarah Hirsch - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, Ian Hlavacek - lead guitar, Meghan Anderson - bass and Josh Barry - drums).
Something’s out there
“Something’s Out There” is the second to last track off of Jealous Creatures’ latest album “Bazooka,” a multi-layered, multi-emotional encounter with the reality of the fragile nature of relationships. “Something’s Out There” creeps up on you like the thunder ahead of a storm with its sinister bass line infringing on the feelings of safety and security to which you’re accustomed. However, as the drums, vocals and guitars explode into an intricately woven and carefully unified chorus of chaotic energy and passion, it’s quickly evident that this song is only toying with you and taunting your emotions.
The beauty and the strength of “Something’s Out There” is that it’s not only doom and gloom and thunder clouds grumbling on the horizon. There’s also a glint of hope and desire, a silver lining for what lurks outside of your comfort zone once the storm passes and you allow yourself to view things clearly. Yes there could be something out there that threatens the comfort and safety of your world, and it might pose a danger to you. However, there could be something good out there instead. Maybe your Mr. or Mrs. Right is just beyond your door in that big, uncharted, scary world. Maybe it's something that will make the risk worthwhile.
Something’s waiting and ready to take your hand and draw you out of the safety of your familiar world, if you’re ready to take the risk and journey into the unknown.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
Are you a fan of truly good music? That’s music that doesn’t have the standard commercial radio seal of approval. Are you ready to venture out of your listening comfort zone and leave the beaten radio path? If you are, it all starts here. There’s something out there, and all you have to do is open the door, step outside and listen.
Click here to listen to a live performance of “Something’s Out There.”
Click here to listen to the album version of “Something’s Out There.”
Click here to read a review of “Bazooka.”
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