All the members of Jessica Something Jewish live in completely different areas of the state, so I can’t really sum up their location in one city. James Glines(vocals/beats) lives in Bountiful. I’ve known him as a singer/songwriter for a couple years and have frequented many open mics with the guy. When I finally got the chance to see his current band, I was rather surprised, because in the past, he sang along to his acoustic guitar. Needless to say, I expected a rock band or something of that nature, but their performance at Todd’s Bar & Grill was much more closely related to dance or hip-hop, with some dreamy, dark ambience (although these descriptions don’t completely describe the band).”Electro-pop indie stuff,” James explained to me when asked to define their genre. Other than a few beats, he’s solely on the mic throughout the set, while two young, blonde females help with back-up vocals. Of course, there are instruments as well, played by very articulate musicians.

I spoke with their band outside the club in the parking lot a couple days after the show. Mandy (cello/violin/vocals) and Kaila Shell (keys/vocals) are sisters who both live in Heber, while Tristan Meek (guitar/pear-shaker) lives in St. George.

“We’re all Internet sluts … that’s how we met,” Glines told me. “It kind of helps out (for promotions) that we’re all from different locations,” Kaila explains. “We all have different groups of friends.”

James clarified that most of their following comes from the Internet. “It happens that there’s a high demand for what we’re doing, and it kind of blows up from there.”

They are an attractive band with a stage presence that could be described as charming. I even saw Glines hugging some of the people in the crowd without losing a step on the mic. They’re all quite young and have only played together for about six months, but they already have the potential for creating their own original, definitive following.

Since they all live in different corners of the state, one must keep their eyes peeled for the next performance. Log onto www.myspace.com/jessicasomethingjewish for upcoming shows and other info, as well as to get your hands on their newly recorded album. If you’d like to download some samples, log onto www.purevolume.com/jessicasomethingjewish.

Jessica Something Jewish will be performing live on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Starry Night in Provo.

A Mexican bandito by the name of Juaquin Murrieta came to America in the mid-19th century for the California Gold Rush. His family was raped and pillaged by a group of American colonizers and ultimately, his entire family was killed. The perpetrators left him for dead. Murrieta swore revenge. He tracked the men down, and all 39 of them were slain by his hand. He disappeared and was never captured by U.S. authorities. This story was told to me by a band that decided to name themselves after a man they consider a hero.

Murrieta is Tom Bennett (vox/keys), Keith Michelson (guitar/keys), Jeffrey Byers (bass) and Randal Topper (drums). “We’re labeling ourselves as new-wave indie rock,” Tom explained. “But not 80s style. It’s honest music. Everything’s well thought-out.”

With only six months together in their current form, they appear to be a very determined group of musicians. Keith pointed out, “None of us really have anything going for us but music. It’s what we put all our time into.” They all seem to share the same sentiment. “We’re not about becoming rock stars,” Tom said, “But we’re dead serious about our music.”

We began to speak of the local music scene and how they feel about the direction Salt Lake is taking. “Three years ago, Salt Lake was nothing,” Randal clarified. “We’ve got to give credit to bands like The Used, The New Transit Direction and Hudson River School for making it a better scene and easier for us to do what we do.”

I’ve seen them play a number of times over the past few months and have noticed a constantly elevated amount of zeal in their performance. They gave me a two-song EP, which I found to be a surprisingly polished recording. The instruments and vocals are all clearly distinct. The strongpoint of their music is that they seem to have the rare ability to know what to leave out. They allow the music to breath, not confusing the listener with unorganized walls of sound.

Check out Murrieta’s sounds on the web at www.purevolume.com/murrieta. If you like what you hear, or you’d just like to further speak with a member of the band, email them at band@murrietamusic.com.

Murrieta will be playing live at Kilby Court on Aug. 16 with The Old Crowns (former Apple Seed Cast) and Take The Fall.

“Reverse cowgirl indie-rock with a cigarette after;” said In Camera when asked to describe themselves. Six months together, this group of musicians are all barely 21, all live in the same house, and all work for the same employer. They’ve successfully toured once and have a lot of humorous drunk stories to go along with it. Two of the members are twin brothers, the third doesn’t really say too much, and the fourth one talks more then the other three put together

I met with them one fine evening at their house, where I set out a tape recorder on the coffee table to promote easy conversation. They say they all live and work together in order to stay on the same page. I told them their house looked nice because it appeared to be well kept. Not like a band house at all. The walls were white, the furniture looked as though it may have been purchased at RC Willey, and it was all quite clean. I knew there had to be some dirt hidden somewhere, so I asked about the road.

“Tour’s so blurry,” Burn (drums) proclaimed. “Peter’s a lightweight, he was making out with a girl and out of nowhere he just passed out and fell in the bath tub. Instead of wondering what was wrong, Chris put shaving cream all over him and shaved him.”

“Then he turned on the shower,” Nic (guitar/vox) added. Peter (bass) and Chris (lead guitar, backups) are twins.

“Everyone from out of state thinks that because of where we’re from, it means we’re Mormon wussies. So it was like beer Olympics everywhere we went. We’re used to binge drinking watered-down beer, so we’d drink twice as much,” Chris explained. “We made enough money on tour to buy a washer, dryer and fridge for our house,” Peter boasted.

Their take on the local scene: “Salt Lake’s scene is really original. We played with some of the big local bands in other states. They just can’t hold a candle to Salt Lake.” Peter does most the promotions and booking for the band and says they do well because they don’t just set up shows, they do show trades with other bands to boost the turnouts.

If you’d like to get a hold of their five-song EP or watch their well-articulated live set, join them at Todd’s Bar & Grill on Friday, Nov. 12. If you’re under 21, you can catch them at Kilby Court on Thursday, Nov. 18.

“I smashed my head against the wall, I don’t bleed at all. … I’ve forgotten how to feel, is any of this real/I’ve got suicide intent.” –Austin Parton (singer/guitarist, Take The Fall)

“Something that differentiates us from other bands is our songwriting,” Austin explains. “Every song you’ll hear on our CD is a true story.”

“When you listen to Austin’s lyrics, they’re very personal & honest,” Chris, Take the Fall’s guitarist, says. “It’s almost like you’re hearing a journal entry. I see a lot of bands lean more toward metaphors.”

After hearing their recently recorded five-song EP called Love Is A Battlefield, these statements proved to be true. I would describe their music as straight and to the point, with force and punch to it. The lyrics add sorrow, which helps strengthen the dynamic energy of the songs.

I met with Take the Fall one night at Spice. They all grew up together in Murray and Taylorsville, always keeping busy as members of a number of former local bands. “We’ve known each other since seventh grade,” Chris told me. “Austin and I have been friends since we were four or five.”

Daniel, bass player, has been in the band for its entirety, but Burt on drums is fairly new.

“I left the band early because I had a lot of pressure to go to school,” says Burt. “I left the band for college. School just wasn’t for me.” After leaving college, Burt returned to the band.

“What we want to do is tour and promote this CD,” Burt said. “It took us a long time and a lot of effort to record it.” They haven’t made it out touring just yet, but plan to begin soon.

All of them are under the age of 21 and seem quite passionate about their goals toward furthering the band. They were all gracious to be given the chance to be spotlighted in our local rag, and were fortunately missing the rock-star mentality that often accompanies a band so musically seasoned.

Take the Fall describe their music as, simply, indie rock. “We all grew up listening to punk rock. We’re not anything near punk rock,” Chris mentioned. Burt went on to say, “Locally, we kind of sound like Hudson River School.”

Kilby Court took up a huge portion of our conversation. They told me Kilby teats them like family, and they all agree to love the place.

Take The Fall will be throwing their CD release party on Friday, Dec. 17 at Kilby Court. You can also catch them live at Lo-Fi Café on Dec. 21 w/ 89 Cubs. Check them out on the web at www.myspace.com/takethefall.