In the beginning there was the Blues. And Son House look’d at the blues.
And ‘lo he sayeth they was da bomb diggity.
And on the second day Robert Smith lathered hairspray and lipstick on the Blues.
Until there was the Cure.
And on the seventh day J Mascis covered ‘Just Like Heaven’ without a condom.
And so a baby was born. And we named that baby Mumblecore.
And we look’d upon dat baby. And we decided dat that baby was good.
Forever and ever and ever. Amen.
~ From the Great Book of Duh.
Let’s get it out of the way. Once upon a time, before they were in love on Fridays or a head on somebody’s door? The Cure was kind of a punk band. And then they dropped a ton of acid and recorded ‘Seventeen Seconds.’
If Elliot Malvas of ‘You’re Jovian’ isn’t aware of this, then he was immaculately conceived from two or three of the albums that made my life worth living. Twenty minutes ago I hadn’t heard a note of Malvas’ project. And now? I think he might be my new favorite band.
Malvas is headlining a show tonight at Charlie’s American Cafe in Riverview. Well.. I think he’s headlining.. You can never quite tell who the main act is at Charlie’s. It’s kind of gloriously democratic that way.
Anyways, ‘You’re Jovian’ is playing Charlie’s tonight starting at 9pm. If you miss it you might get cancer.
‘You’re Jovian’ is that fucking good.
I pulled up for a few minutes with Elliot to pick his brain. I have no idea how long he’s been on the scene – Mostly cause he didn’t bother to fill out the bio section of my questionnaire. But I get the sense that he’s got some miles on him. It doesn’t matter. I’ll be back with a review and more info soon, I’m almost positive of it.
photo | Jeff Hewitt
Alt Daily: What’s your epigram?
Elliott Malvas: To first eat; you must be hungry.. (currently stuffing my face with a plain bagel w/hummus.. hummus is all over my beard and keyboard)
How would you envision daily life on Jupiter going? Is there any land upon which to live there, or would we just be floating in gas? Are we actually just floating in gas now, without realizing it?
Daily life on Jupiter would be stressful.. Because there would be a lot of stupid people there just based off the classic ‘school yard’ taunt. ‘Girl’s go to college to get more knowledge, Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider’
What goes into to crafting your sound?
There’s more crafting going on with beer than with my sound. I just get lucky mainly. Just throw something at a wall repeatedly until something sticks. This process takes some time. The true ‘sound’ is that of Mark Padgett’s. He’s the best engineer in town and a great producer. Other than that I record everything on 4trk.
What’s your ambition with this project?
My ambition is what probably most band’s ambitions are.. That is to get my music out ‘there’ and have it accessible for people who dig the genre I write in to have access to discovering my tunes. But if you’ve been playing music long enough then you know how hard that is to accomplish. Realistically I’d like to focus on the live outfit and play as many shows as possible. Aside from this Saturdays show at Charlies Cafe’, we’re booking a 4 day stent around this years Macrock in Harrisonburg, VA.
When you someday shuffle off this mortal coil, what would you like for your epitaph?
I haven’t thought of that yet.. Just getting started on a will. If an epitaph is anything like an obituary then they probably charge per word and in that case it would read nothing.
I deliver flowers for a living and funeral homes are a rip off. Also all of the employee’s dress and smell like used car salesmen and make dirty jokes behind closed doors. Similar to construction workers being sexist and talking dirty. They are practically the same type of person. Just one reeks of Budweiser and dry mold; and the other smell like cheap cologne and wear suits.