BeatCrave brings you band, The Jealous Girlfriends, as part of our Know Your NYC Bands series. After being called the “best kept secret” in the NYC music scene for some time, the masses have finally discovered The Jealous Girlfriends. Slowly but surely, music lovers outside of New York have quickly become fans of the four piece band.
Touring with bands such as Nada Surf and Delta Spirit, playing CMJ, and having a few of their songs land on TV shows like CSI: Miami and Grey’s Anataomy have gotten people to listen, but fans have had supported them since their first live show. Holly Miranda (guitar/keys/vox/trombone), Josh Abbot (guitar/vox/drums), Alex Lipsen (keys, synth, bass modules), and Mike Fadem (drums) create a passionate tension with soulful vocals and lilting yet compelling intoxicating arrangements that have no choice but to yield a mesmerizing sound.
Check out our exclusive interview with The Jealous Girlfriend’s drummer, Mike, and be shocked at how laid back they take things when they’re known for such powerful performances.
Are you all originally from Brooklyn?
Nope. Holly’s from Michigan, Josh is from Massachusettes, Alex is from DC, and I’m from St. Louis.
There is only one female in the band. Can you explain the name, The Jealous Girlfriends?
It’s just a name really. Someone said it one day and it stuck.
You have been dubbed as “the best kept secret” in the NYC music scene. What are the benefits and drawbacks of not being a secret anymore?
Well, we’re still kind of a secret to most. You know, whatever level you’re at you’re always trying to get to the next. Because we’re not a total secret, now we want to REALLY not be a secret and have everyone to know our music… or something like that.
The video for “Organs On The Kitchen Floor” is amazing in its own simple but captivating way. How did the concept for the video come about?
The concept was to capture us performing the song as we do at shows. It’s always a big hit live so everyone wanted that to be the video. So yeah, definitely simple, just performance. I think simple and captivating was the goal so we’re glad thats what you got from it.
What were you doing before The Jealous Girlfriends?
I was playing in a bunch of different bands in New York and working at the coffee shop Oslo in Williamsburg. That’s actually how I met everyone in the band, at the coffee shop.
Are you working on a new album?
Yes. We’ve been writing. We’re pretty excited so far. About half of it is written.
You’ve gone on regional and international tours as well as independently released two successful albums. What advice would you give to a band who’s just starting out?
Just worry about the music, everything else will fall into place. Someone smart told me that.
What are the pros and cons of being a band in NYC?
There are a lot of bands but it’s expensive to be in a band.
Who are the local NYC bands you currently dig?
Sam Champion, Suckers, Kevin Devine, The Walkmen, Grizzly Bear, Ladybug Transistor, Fiery Furnaces, and Sonic Youth.
What’s the best food to eat on tour?
Dark, milk, or white chocolate?
Have you ever touched Daniel Lorca’s dreads?
I don’t remember.
Are you a Mac or a PC?
Photography by Megan Ghiroli