Getting married? We think we are say Jews and Catholics
Jewish Telegraph, May 2010
IT’S a year of celebration for American alternative rock band Jews and Catholics.
Not only is new album Who Are? We Think We Are! released this month, but the two members are both getting married.
Alanna Meltzer — the Jewish half of the group — is marrying Jeremy Holderfield on October 2, while Catholic Eddie Garcia will tie the knot with Alex Klein on August 28.
Jews and Catholics landed top producer Mitch Easter for the new album, which features 10 tracks.
Easter, who has produced REM among others, is based in Kernersville, North Carolina — close to Alanna and Eddie in Winston-Salem.
They secured his services after playing a number of shows with him.
Eddie said: “From the first time we played together, Mitch expressed an interest in recording us, but we thought it was too far out of reach.
“After we connected with our current record label, 307 Knox Records, they were really excited about the idea of us working with him, and with their backing as well as some financial support from friends, family and fans, it became a reality.”
Alanna, 27, was born in a small town in Idaho — one of just a handful of Jews in the area.
“It made me a stronger person,” she told the Jewish Telegraph two years ago. “My parents were from very Jewish backgrounds.
“I had a few problems growing up. Some people when they found out that I was Jewish wouldn’t let their kids be friendly with me. It’s very sad that that happens in this day and age.”
Alanna, who plays the upright bass, spent her youth performing classical music in symphonies — while listening to punk rock at home.
Jews and Catholics released their debut album, God’s Trash, in 2007 and followed it up with the four-track EP Inside.
Who Are? We Think We Are! is dedicated to Alanna’s father Frank, who died in 2001.
She only discovered a couple of years ago that he had tried to play the upright bass when he was young, but his school put a stop to it because they felt jazz was evil.
“My mother, Janice, loves our music,” Alanna said. “She comes to a lot of our concerts and is my biggest fan.
“My dad came to all my performances when I was growing up and I know he would be proud of what I do in Jews and Catholics now.”
Alanna visited Israel for the first time last year with Birthright.
“I had my 26th birthday in Tel Aviv,” she said. “It was incredible. It was my first time out of the country, so that made it even more amazing. I cannot wait to go back.
“We climbed to the top of Masada, hiked through the desert and all over the country, touched the Western Wall, felt the Dead Sea, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. I think about it all the time.”
The band was originally known as Jew(s) and Catholic(s) — but the brackets played havoc with internet search engines.
Eddie has dedicated the album to his fiancee Alex and her daughter Ella.