Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. has announced details of his highly-anticipated debut album, Goon.
Out March 17th via True Panther Sounds, the 12-track effort was recorded in San Francisco, Nashville, and Los Angeles with production from Girls’ Chet “JR” White, The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, and Ariel Rechtshaid. Thus far, we’ve already heard two album tracks in “Hollywood”, and “Without You”.
In an accompanying letter, Jesso discussed the journey that led to the creation of Goon.
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 Rechtstaid 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.
01. Can’t Stop Thinking About You
02. How Could You Babe?
03. Without You
04. Can We Still Be Friends?
05. The Wait
07. For You
08. Crocodile Tears
09. Bad Words
10. Just A Dream
11. Leaving LA
12. Tell The Truth
Jesso has also prepared a brief headlining tour in support of the LP. See the itinerary below.
Tobias Jesso Jr. 2015 Tour Dates:
01/02 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy *
01/03 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy *
03/22 – Toronto, ON – The Drake
03/24 – Washington, DC – Sixth & I
03/25 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
03/26 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
03/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
03/28 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
03/30 – Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
03/31 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
04/01 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
04/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick + Mortar
04/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
* = w/ Foxygen