June 2, 2016
Previewage: You're Jovian Returns With Sparkling Pop "Revelations," Tour Hits O'Brien's Pub June 6
From an outsider's perspective anyway, You're Jovian feels like an intermittent project, so it is cause for much rejoicing when the Virginia Beach, VA shoegaze four surfaces. Although the band led by fronter and guitarist Elliot Malvas seems to come and go, it makes up for its ephemeral nature by routinely recording incredible songs. Over the weekend the latest iteration of the quartet (which has been together since November) took to the airwaves of Norfolk, VA's WODU for a live session. There You're Jovian premiered new tunes "Ball And Chain," "Pieces" and "Endless Possibilities;" that latter tune echoes in a pleasant way the sound of early Lilys circa the bootleg The Station Tapes, for those of you keeping score at home. One new number you didn't hear was the uptempo and bright gem "Revelations," which is, well, revelatory, and available now as a digital single on Bandcamp courtesy of the good people of Funny/Not Funny Records. It rides a cycling 12-string lick supporting sentimental lyrics and tasteful backing "ooohs" and "las." The chorus has a massive but soft hook, and then, suddenly, the song ends -- all too soon. The cleaner, more "pop" production feels like a fresh path for You're Jovian, and perhaps nods to anglophile influences held dear by Mr. Malvas, who told WODU the band is working on writing more constructed music that a live ensemble can really get behind.
Sadly, based on other remarks during the radio session, the band isn't playing "Revelations" on this tour, but there is other new music to be heard, although the only way you can acquire it -- for now -- is to go to a show. Fortunately, a very rare tour kicks off tonight, and those able to see the band rock should be able to get their hands on a new show-only cassette titled Singles. You're Jovian performs at O'Brien's Pub in Boston's Allston Rock City neighborhood Monday (that's June 6) with The Guilloteenagers and Motto; you can buy tickets ahead right here. Fans not in Boston, or even fans in Boston, should try to be in New York the prior night, as You're Jovian is slated to perform there with with colossal Clicky Clicky faves Infinity Girl. In unrelated, Post-Tour But Still A Big Deal Show News, You're Jovian will open Kurt Vile & The Violators' July 25 show at The NorVA in Norfolk, VA. Hot, right? Stream "Revelations" via the embed below, and be ready to stream it several more times right after that: it's that good.
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06.02 -- The Blind -- Virginia Beach, VA
06.03 -- Tea Bazaar -- Charlottesville, VA
06.04 -- Paradise Lost -- New Brunswick, NJ
06.05 -- Shea Stadium -- Brooklyn, NY
06.06 -- O'Briens Pub -- Boston, MA
06.07 -- Kung Fu Necktie -- Philadelphia, PA
06.08 -- TBA -- Washington, D.C.
06.09 -- Golden Pony -- Harrisonburg, VA
06.10 -- Charlie's American Cafe -- Norfolk, VA
Today's Hotness: You're Jovian
Today's Hotness: You're Jovian