True Panther Sounds recording artist Tobias Jesso Jr. has announced his debut LP, ‘Goon,’ out March 17th.
In 2008 I moved to LA to play backup bass for a Pop singer. That job didn’t work out, but I ended staying in LA for four years. I returned to North Vancouver because my mother had been diagnosed with cancer (she’s better now). I wrote most of the songs on my album Goon about my time spent in LA. It was a reflection that included, like the most popular of love clichés, a tough break up.
In my haste returning to Vancouver, I had left all my instruments in a storage locker in LA. My sister had moved out and left her piano at my parent’s house, an instrument I had yet to explore. The first song I wrote on that piano was ‘Just A Dream.’ It was also one of my first attempts at singing. I have yet come to terms with my singing voice, but at the time I was left with no other option.
I recorded the demo, and then did a few more. Afterwards I sent the demos to JR White [Girls], someone who had produced one of my favorite records of the past few years (and was also signed to True Panther, the label I’m currently on). Soon after, he asked me to come down to San Francisco to record an album. After a series of visa issues and border complications, I finally met him and spent the next few months jumping from San Francisco to Los Angeles, recording in studios and bedrooms with friends.
After all that was said and done, I got offered to have a few more of my songs produced by Patrick Carney [The Black Keys] in Nashville, and Ariel Rechstaid in Los Angeles. I owe the sound of the record to the great effort of everyone involved, the producers and musicians doing and playing things I couldn’t and treating the production with the same reverence I treat my songwriting.
The writing will always be the most important to me; the production, playing and singing I am still figuring out. I still play a bit of guitar, but I’m mostly sticking to the piano these days.
– TJJR. December 2014
‘Goon’ was recorded over the last two years and features production from Chet “JR” White (formerly of Girls), Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, and Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Sky Ferreira).
In March, Tobias will also launch his first ever tour, headlining a run of East and West Coast North American dates. On January 2nd and 3rd, he opens for Foxygen at LA’s Roxy Theatre. Tobias recently hosted a series of intimate solo piano performances in London, NYC and LA.
1. Can’t Stop Thinking About You
2. How Could You Babe?
3. Without You
4. Can We Still Be Friends?
5. The Wait
7. For You
8. Crocodile Tears
9. Bad Words
10. Just A Dream
11. Leaving LA
12. Tell The Truth
1/2/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre (open for Foxygen)
1/3/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre (open for Foxygen)
3/22/15 Sun Toronto, ON – The Drake
3/24/15 Tue Washington, DC – Sixth & I
3/25/15 Wed Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
3/26/15 Thu New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
3/27/15 Fri Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
3/28/15 Sat Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
3/30/15 Mon Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
3/31/15 Tue Seattle, WA – Barboza
4/1/15 Wed Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
4/3/15 Fri San Francisco, CA – Brick + Mortar
4/4/15 Sat Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (early show)