(Edmonton, AB) - Edmonton-based pop band Jesse and the Dandelions are excited to announce the independent release of their 3rd full-length album True Blue on September 9th with the launch of the video for the feature track ’No Fun’. Watch the Exclusive Premiere now at Exclaim.ca. Jesse and the Dandelions will also be heading out on tour in support of True Blue, starting with an album release show in Edmonton at The Needle on September 1st. See below for full tour listings.
Jesse and the Dandelions are a 4 piece art/space pop band, led by producer/engineer Jesse Northey. The band has been active in Western Canada for the last 5 years with success on campus community radio, and great opening slots for bands like Attack In Black, Hollerado, and July Talk. Their last release A Mutual Understanding (2013) is a gem of an album, enriched with classic synth and drum machine textures that pays respect to the past, while forging their own unique path forward. With the release of their 3rd full length album True Blue on September 9th, the band is continuing down that same path musically, aiming to create a cacophonous blend of noise and meticulously layered melody and harmony but this time the production levels going up a notch.
“One of the great features about recording your own records is that both your recording skills and (hopefully) your records get better with time,” said Jessie Northey. “True Blue is a little more psychedelic and grandiose in nature. It's not unusual to hear phasers, over top of lush strings while the drums are going wild and my voice tries to squeak a melody into the spots that are left over. I wanted to see what I could get away with while riding the line of something that was still considered melodic and listenable. Hopefully people embrace more of the weirdo elements! I was often inspired by bands like MGMT,The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, and The Beatles while creating the album and I think fans of that type music will be able to spot the influence."
Jesse and the Dandelion’s fun and playful video for ’No Fun’, the lead single from True Blue, pays homage to Jesse Northey’s figure skating past. Jesse grew up in the small town of Fernie, BC, and as a young man, he was one of the only boys in figure skating within his community and this presented some challenges.
“I was actually quite good and I won every competition that I competed in,” Jesse explains. “That being said, there weren't many other competitors! At a certain point I started getting beat up by a bunch by other kids at school and often got called names. I couldn't quite handle the pressure and I decided to quit skating and become a musician instead because I thought it might be able to redeem me. I've dedicated my life to that ever since, but I thought it would be fitting to give an homage to my past self by putting on the ol' figure skates and giving it another go, if only just for a music video. ‘No Fun’ talks about the perils of becoming a star and works as a fitting background to my gold medal Olympic skating performance.”
Look for Jesse and the Dandelions on tour starting September 1st in support of True Blue, more tour dates will be announced soon. Please visit jesseandthedandelions.com for the most up to date tour listings. Jesse and the Dandelions' 3rd album True Blue will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers/streaming services on Friday, September 9th.
JESSE AND THE DANDELIONS // UPCOMING TOUR DATES
September 1 - Edmonton, AB - The Needle - Album Release Party (get tickets here)
September 8 - Medicine Hat, AB - Captain's Cabin Pub
September 9 - Lethbridge, AB - The Owl
September 10 - Calgary, AB - Circle The Wagons Festival
September 14 - Lloydminster, AB - The Root
September 15 - Regina, SK - Dirty Nelly’s
September 16 - Saskatoon, SK - Vangelis
September 17 - Edmonton, AB - Art in Our Park
September 21 - Nelson, BC - The Royal
September 22 - Vernon, BC - Record City
September 23 - Victoria, BC - The Copper Owl
September 24 - Vancouver, BC - The Emerald
October 14 - Regina, SK - The Club (Breakout West)
October 15 - Regina, SK - The Exchange (Breakout West)
October 20 - Hamilton, ON - The Baltimore House
October 21 - Toronto, ON - Monarch Tavern
October 28 - Ottawa, ON - The Rainbow
JESSE AND THE DANDELIONS - TRUE BLUE TRACKLISTING
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 (INDEPENDENT)
1. In The Night
2. No Fun
3. Wishful Thinking
4. True Blue
5. North Star
6. Bad Guy
Jesse and the Dandelions is: Jesse Northey (Guitar, Lead Vocals), Tasy Hudson (Drums), Dean Kheroufi (Bass) and Cayley Thomas (Keys, Vocals)