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The Jealous Girlfriends & Nada Surf - Club Soda - April 8

Posted by Valerie / April 9, 2008

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Midnight Poutine had an actual poutine with The Jealous Girlfriends - the newest Brooklyn indie sensation - before opening for the popular 90s band Nada Surf last night at Club Soda.
Since eating poutine is one of their favorite Montreal attractions, I brought them across the street to Pool Room after briefly discussing their first self-titled album, which I predict you will soon read about on Pitchfork.

The Jealous Girlfriends started off as a duo and bloomed into a four-piece band over the years. Since each member comes from a different background - going from trad rock to trip hop - the band admitted having to compromise in order to accommodate everyone and create a certain harmony on the album. Musically, think of The Jealous Girlfriends as a mix between Broken Social Scene and Sonic Youth, with vocals à la Chan Marshall (Cat Power) produced by guys like Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio.

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The first thing you always hear about The Jealous Girlfriends is how their songs played on popular TV shows such as Grey's Anatomy, The L Word and CSI Miami. When I brought it up, the band confirmed they got many new fans out of this, but they don't want to be judged by hipsters who over-use the word "sellout". As they said, "it's not like if we wrote a song for these shows or anything. Plus, there are many other great bands that gave them songs. We know where to cross the line and would never agree to have our song played on something we don't support." As a joke (or maybe was he serious?!) the drummer Mike summarized their contribution as "art on art".

Since this was their second visit here - first time was for Pop Montreal last year - I was curious to find out what The Jealous Girlfriends enjoyed about Montreal. Besides from the always classic Mount Royal, where singer Holly enjoyed spotting a few raccoons, the main thing these guys like is the Montreal music scene, especially bands like The Besnard Lakes and Land Of Talk.

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As for Nada Surf, let's face it: their music is very "linear". They are good musicians who don't take many chances and stick to what they do best. On stage, the singer's voice is impeccable and most songs sound exactly the same as they do on record - expect for a bit of trumpet here and there, and an unexpected cover of Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart.
Unfortunately for me but fortunately for the younger crowd, Nada Surf didn't play much of their older stuff. Still, they were nice enough to perform for two whole hours, and didn't fail to express themselves in very good French.
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Discussion

8 Comments

Jer / April 11, 2008 at 10:23 am
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This is wicked. I love that you had poutine with them. Thanks for bringing us the scoop.
G / April 12, 2008 at 01:27 am
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Nice review!
I like the band name. They sound a bit like the Cranberries too.
I'm jealous about the poutine. I get stood up for phone interviews.
golu dolls / February 16, 2019 at 02:56 am
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kanchipuramsarees / February 16, 2019 at 02:56 am
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herbal powder / February 16, 2019 at 02:56 am
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