Local bands Government Jobs, the Jewels, and Kid Tiger will play Thursday, April 26 at the Hangar 9
words by Jennifer Mulnix
picture by Laura Partain
Local bands Government Jobs, the Jewels, and Kid Tiger will play Thursday, April 26 at the Hangar 9 to showcase new local music. These bands are preparing for exciting things. Government Jobs are releasing a four-song seven-inch at the Hangar show. (Listen to two tracks on the MP3 section of Nightlife’s web project at <http://www.CarbondaleRocks.com>.) The Jewels are getting ready to release a full-length album, and Kid Tiger is gearing up to record a full-length album this fall. Government Jobs and the Jewels will also perform Saturday, April 28 at Tres Hombres with Gnarly Brown.
Nightlife asked David Allen from Government Jobs and the Jewels a few questions about the upcoming show and some of Carbondale’s most exciting new bands.
You are definitely an active member of the Carbondale music scene. How do you do it? Time travel?
I have a twin. Nobody knows.
Tell us about the seven-inch that Government Jobs is releasing. How did the name Government Jobs come about, anyway?
Well, Gov Jobs started as a solo project for Brett Haley [of Parlor and the Spokesmen]. He had written a bunch of songs and we took a weekend in November and I recorded him playing all the instruments, and that is what is on the seven-inch. It is a four-song seven-inch. There wasn't really a plan for it past that, but when we started showing it to people they began to bug him to start a band to play the songs, which he didn't want to do, but after a long night of pestering by my roommate Marcus he finally agreed.
So Brett picked Marcus [Mader of the Jewels, Wei Zhongle, and Nighty Night] to play drums, me to play bass, and Matt McGuire [of Secondary Modern and Wei Zhongle] to play guitar. Then... a very cool friend told us he wanted to help us put it out on a record, and we decided that if we were going to have a record we should probably do a tour, and voilà , here we are. We leave for an east-coast tour in the beginning of May.
The Jewels are a bit different than many other bands in C’dale. What was the inspiration?
[laughing] Yeah, the Jewels is a weird band. Really, it started when we were all at a party and there was band there but they weren't playing, and we had had a little to drink, so we just started to improv and it was really fun. Then we decided, “Oh, maybe we should do that again,” so we got together, and Nathan Doyle [of Young Loves] came along to provide spiritual guidance, and under his tutelage we wrote three songs we still play today. They are probably even our "hits."
Since then we have played a lot and gotten a lot jazzier. For all the first-time listeners, Kev is the jam, he is so good. Me and Marcus are just some scrubs and don't know how to play jazz. We are self-taught and just do our thing, and Kev reacts and makes us sound okay. [laughs]
Basically the inspiration is, we have all played in lots of "rock" bands and bands where you have to care about what kind of band you are, what kind of shows you play, your image, and all that B.S. The Jewels is not that. We just show up and play whatever we want, and it feels great.
Tell us about the full-length album for the Jewels. When will it be released? What's it all about?
Well, first off, it is amazing. [laughs] No, but we are pretty proud of it. It was a lot of fun to make. We went into my studio for two days, planned to record the twelve songs we had all live to eight-track tape and be done with it. We did that, but then adding a few small things seemed like a good idea, so we started to do that, and it changed it in ways we had never imagined, really cool ways, but it ended up taking us three more months of slowly picking at it until we had all of the things we wanted. It is pretty wild. Kevin plays, like, seventeen different instruments on it, but not in an annoying way. I know that sounds impossible, but it is. [laughs] It is like a live show for us. It all sounds very live, but has more depth....
The record is done; we just finished mixing it with David Brown [of Secondary Modern and Freedom Ride]. I don't think we will have it by this show, though, because we are having it mastered by this awesome guy, Timothy Stollenwerk in Portland. He masters all of the Mississippi Records releases and a lot of other really great music. His stuff sounds the best. I cannot wait to hear it.
What are your plans for the upcoming year with these two bands?
The Jewels are going to shave our heads-- but not our beards-- and Marcus and I are going to quit playing drums and bass and become Kevin's saxophone proté gé s, and then we will recreate Dickie Landry's Fifteen Saxophones.
Really, I'm not too sure. We just kind of roll with it, but I know that we already have new material for a Jewels followup EP and we have a lot of ideas about that, and hopefully we will be playing a lot.
Is anyone reading this? Book us some shows!
Brett is moving to Chicago in June, so I can't predict what will happen with Gov Jobs, but I know he has more songs because we are playing them, so I hope to start convincing him to record them soon. You better come see us, because we might not play much longer!
What can C’dale folks expect at the release show at the Hangar?
People can expect the Gov Jobs records, which will be beautiful. They can expect our longest set ever-- we hope to break the twenty-minute mark, but I can't promise that will happen. Bring your stopwatch.
People can expect to hear some special guests with the Jewels; we are trying to recreate a lot of what will be on the album. You can also expect Kev-o to have less hair that usual, Marcus to have his biggest beard ever, and I can't tell you what to expect from me ‘cuz I'm unpredictable.
Oh, and you can expect Kid Tiger to sound awesome, because they sound better and better every time I see them, and you can expect to see all their fans there who have more fun than other bands’ fans, because they are cool like that.
Anything else you would like to share?
Yes, actually. Mudsills are a wonderful new Carbondale band, go see them. Rob Jacobs is my hero, both musically and spiritually-- follow him on Twitter. The record industry is kinda cool right now; listen to everything that Mississippi Records, Numero, Light in the Attic, et cetera releases and you won't be disappointed. Write John Dwyer a letter and tell him that Thee Oh Sees need to come to Carbondale and play or I will never be truly happy.
I'm late now! Come to this show!
who: Government Jobs CD release party
what: punk, folk
where: Hangar 9; Tres Hombres
when: Thursday, April 26 w/ Jewels (jazz) / Kid Tiger (art rock, folk); Saturday, April 28 w/ Jewels / Gnarly Brown