is an indie rock band from Houston, TX known for their angular guitar work, danceable grooves, and soaring vocal melodies. Something Else has rocked big venues, smoky dives, and energetic house shows in Houston, Austin, Denton, etc. They have drawn comparisons to Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, XTC, and the Pixies.
"['Don't Want It'] has moments of subtle indie rock with almost post-punk vocals. There's nice little nuggets of jingle in the guitar and the stride set by the snappy drums makes the track hard not to stay in your head. The disaffected vocals eventually open up alongside the jangle pop hooks and the rhythm section, making the song one you'll probably repeat again and again."
"Looking around the country, there’s a pretty hefty list of new indie rock bands cropping up. Last year we noticed a new band out of Texas called Something Else, and we were amazed out how much growth we saw from their early shows to their later sets. Now with their debut out and their work towards its follow up, they’ve released a video for the song 'Don’t Want It' to put that chapter behind them and move forward."
"... the superlative 'There's a Rumor', 'Levitation Pt.1' and 'Levitation Pt. II', provide the listener with that 80's spiky angularity of guitar work ... 'Losing (Failure)' and the superlative 'Don't Want It' drift away from the Postcard inference momentarily, incorporating salubrious chunky funk bass lines ... before returning wholeheartedly with the playful Orange Juice stylistics in the two instrumental tracks, 'Interlude" and 'This is the End (Interlude)'"
Language barrier due to podcast being entirely in Portuguese, but according to Luís of Madsardines, he stated that "[Something Else has] the best music in the entire episode, 'There's a Rumor', is the most underrated song ever, the song was stuck to my head until today!"
Something Else transmits guitar indie music in the best form that is known today. Push and rhythm to the rescue. In the song “Levitation Pt. II,” compact indie rock give its hand to swift dubby post-punk, in which it’s difficult to come up with the chorus more catchy and flawless.
Something Else was featured on KVRX Austin - Student Sounds, where Ben, James, and Jerel talked about how the band was formed and their approach to writing music. The interview also includes a live cover of "Fill in the Blank" by Car Seat Headrest, as well as a live performance of "This is the End (Interlude)".
Something Else is one of the most exciting rock bands coming out of Texas right now. The band plays a danceable brand of post-punk with melodic and charismatic vocal performances that help separate them from the slew of post-punk bands out there. Over the years, the band has played with bigtime indie rock and punk acts, including Kurt Travis, formerly of Dance Gavin Dance and A Lot Like Birds, and the Gotobeds (Sub Pop). Noted for their energetic and borderline unhinged live performances, a Something Else show is not one to miss when they come to a town near you.
The band formed when Jerel Jallorina (guitar), Roy Jang (vocals), Brian Madina (guitar), and Ben Whelan (bass) started making music in Houston, Texas in 2013 while they were all high school classmates. Before Fenders were strapped across their shoulders, Ben, Brian, and Jerel played in the school orchestra together , a shared experience that would prove to be only a minor influence on their songwriting and (if anything) antithetical to their animated and carefree approach to live performance.
In the early months, being in Something Else merely consisted of attending scrappy rehearsals in parents’ garages and impassioned discussions on garage and indie rock bands in classrooms and the cafeteria. Early influences include Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, Joy Division/New Order, and of course, the Strokes. Once the squad had written and practiced a few songs, they were itching to find a drummer. Unable to attend most local indie shows which were 21+, their only option was to comb the school hallways. After trialing a few other drummers, talented percussionist Jacob Ottmer joined the lineup.
The phrase “Humble Beginnings” would best describe Something Else’s early shows. After playing graduation parties and frozen yogurt shops where they were awarded little more than free beer and free froyo, Something Else started playing major venues around town, including Walter’s and both stages at the storied Fitzgerald's. Logistics were a nightmare, as nearly all five members of ‘SE’ lived in different cities. As expected, the band began to stagnate, but Ben’s borderline-delusional desire to make it work kept the band barely alive. Unfortunately, Jacob parted ways with the band around this time, as his transferring to Kent State University proved too much of an obstacle. James LeBlanc, fellow Houston resident, met Ben at UT Austin and quickly filled the spot as drummer, also lending his vast knowledge on the technical side of instrumentation and production.
In Summer 2017, all members returned to the Swamp City to record their debut album with John Allen Stephens (The Suffers, Children of Pop, J. Balvin), and activity ramped up in 2018. The band did a live, in-studio session at KVRX Austin, in the same studio that has hosted the likes of My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse, and Ought, ahead of the release of their debut album. This album, “An Entire Album About My Ex-Girlfriend”, was released on August 22nd, 2018, and the band jumped on I-10 to embark on a Texas mini-tour, playing shows in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and San Marcos. Their hard work paid off, as the lead single “There’s A Rumor” received airplay in both Houston and Austin. A live show and podcast with KVRX Austin garnered the band some attention in the Austin indie scene. Another single “Don’t Want It” received attention from Houston Press as a standout on the album, and blogs across the globe praised the album.
With all members having graduated from college, 2019 proved to be Something Else’s best and most active year thus far. The band played at upstart Houston venue Satellite Bar multiple times and continued to zero in on other areas. SE expanded their sphere of influence to smaller towns like Nacogdoches and Denton, where they were welcomed by passionate fans of indie rock. The band also expanded their art into the visual side, as Jerel debuted as a filmmaker with the cinematic and poignant “Don’t Want It” music video.
2020 has proved to be a continuation of this momentum; the band kicked off the year by playing at the brand new venue Red Dwarf as well as a return visit to Denton to passionate praise. The band is currently working on new material and hopes to release multiple singles throughout 2020.
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