Be My Ex-Girlfriend

Be My Ex-Girlfriend

by Evil Jake

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Overview

Be My Ex-Girlfriend

New York City's Evil Jake are that great bar band that everybody rooted for in college. You can taste the dollar drafts, and feel the peanuts crunch under your boots while listening to their first full-length record. Be My Ex-Girlfriend is a snarly, rootsy, middle finger pointed at the slick, over-produced material championed by so-called rock radio. Principal songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Mike Jacobs leads the group through 13 tracks filled with jilted lovers, lovable losers, and enough hooks to land a whale. As a vocalist, he delivers a literate, blue-collar croon that straddles the line between Andy Partridge's theatrics and Paul Westerberg's sincerity, especially on songs like "She's So Lonely," and the bluesy "Kiss or Kill." As a band, Evil Jake bring to mind early alt rock groups, like Too Much Joy and the Pursuit of Happiness, but they maintain a singular vision on riff-heavy monsters like "Everything She Wants," and "Everything You'd Never Want to Be" -- the latter must blow a fuse when played live -- and the cleverly mapped out title track. Drummer Paul Campanella contributes two solid songs, especially the beautiful closer, "Smile," which displays a tight unit who are unafraid to step out from behind their amps. While the record itself takes a few songs to build momentum, Be My Ex-Girlfriend is a worthy addition to the canon of post-collegiate pub rock. The group, as a whole, seem bereft of pretension, and appear to be more than willing to play a song or two past last call.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2004
Label: Evil
UPC: 0783707705224
catalogNumber: 867530
Rank: 264110

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Evil Jake   Primary Artist
Alan Jacobs   Voices,Group Member
Joe McGinty   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Patti Rothberg   Background Vocals
Raj Patel   Group Member
Sam Endicott   Voices,Group Member
Martha Jacobs   Group Member
Mike Jacobs   Guitar,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Paul Campanella   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
David Leatherwood   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Evelyn Alverez   Voices
Howie Friedman   Voices,Group Member
Manfredi Giammanco   Voices,Group Member
Ryan Hegg   Voices,Group Member
Alysha Jacobs   Voices,Group Member
Craig Kayaian   Voices,Group Member
Andrew Lasky   Voices,Group Member

Technical Credits

Alan Jacobs   Sound Effects
Adam Lasus   Producer,Engineer
Raj Patel   Sound Effects
Sam Endicott   Sound Effects
Martha Jacobs   Sound Effects
Evil Jake   Contributor
Mike Jacobs   Composer,Producer
Paul Campanella   Composer
Aaron Trubic   Composer
David Leatherwood   Arranger
Roman Tsukerman   Art Direction,Art Conception
Evelyn Alverez   Sound Effects
Howie Friedman   Sound Effects
Manfredi Giammanco   Sound Effects
Ryan Hegg   Sound Effects
Alysha Jacobs   Sound Effects
Craig Kayaian   Sound Effects
Andrew Lasky   Sound Effects

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