In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and ticket information at HPMusicAwards.com, and watch Twitter (@hprocksoff) every day until the showcase for your chance to win tickets.
To which member are we speaking? What are you nominated for? Sarah Hirsch from Jealous Creatures, nominated for Best Traditional Rock.
Please list all of your regular band members and what instruments they play. Sarah Hirsch, rhythm guitar and vocals; Ian Hlavacek, lead guitar; Meghan Anderson, bass; Josh Barry, drums.
Describe yourself or your band in four to seven words. Professional goofballs who make rock music.
Who is your single biggest musical influence and why? Tom Petty. He's a big influence as far as songwriting, sound, and the recording process go, and the choices he and his band have made in regards to controlling their own music have definitely had an impact on us in how we think about the music industry.
As an aside, when I was really little, I thought the band name was "Tom Danger and the Deadly Hearts," and I loved watching all their music videos because they were really weird and dreamlike. Also, his singing voice and his talking voice are completely different from one another, and that's how my voice is, too!
What recordings do you have readily available?
- Bazooka, 2013 -- available online at Bandcamp, iTunes, and AmazonMP3 and in the real world at Cactus Music, Sound Exchange, Sig's Lagoon, and Heights Vinyl.
- Little Heaven Big Sky, 2011 -- available online at Bandcamp, iTunes, and AmazonMP3 and in the real world at Cactus Music.
- Coffee Stains EP, 2011 -- available online at Bandcamp, iTunes, and AmazonMP3.
Have you ever been HPMA-nominated before? When and what for? This is a first for us as a band, although Josh has been nominated previously for other music projects.
Where and how often do you perform (publicly) around Houston? We like to play at least once or twice a month around Houston. We've been playing a lot at Fitzgerald's this year, which has been awesome because we've played with some really cool acts there. We also love playing at Rudz, the Continental Club, and we had a blast playing CounterCrawl 7 this year.
What is the next step for your band? We're fixing to start writing for our next LP, to be recorded in the spring. We're also looking into playing more regionally in the very near future.
Finish this sentence: "Houston music is..." Amazing, dynamic and diverse, but lacking a central foundation to build on, so the scene is continually misjudged to be inactive and uninspiring by people who don't go out to shows.
In reality, people really just don't know how to get in and start exploring all the cool stuff that's going on, which is why events like the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase are so important to the Houston music scene.
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