INTERVIEW: Jesse and the Dandelions

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey there! We’ve been swell. It’s a little smoky here in Alberta but it’s still nice and warm out for summer fun.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Give Up The Gold”?

Absolutely. Give Up The Gold was a new type of song direction for the band. We’ve always been quite adventurous with chords and melodies, and we felt it was important in this case to keep it simple and find strong moments with less complexity. I wanted each layer to be clear and everything to complement each other.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I wrote this song on a Wurlitzer piano that I keep in my apartment. I was just getting to know it and came up with the a simple arrangement of arpeggios. I loved the simplicity and was inspired to write some lyrics. As far as the subject matter, I really just like the way a lot of the words sound together with a subtle message saying “at least you tried your best”

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The video was a blast to create. We had our friend Dylan Howard film us at an airplane hangar he rented. We wanted to keep the “band on backdrop” music video portion quite simple and Dylan delivered a great cut. From there we gave it to the magically glitchy Parker Thiessen for some analog video manipulation. Everyone got to do their part and I think the result is quite fun!

What role does Canada play in your writing?

Long Edmonton winters definitely play a part in how I would write. I spend a lot of time at home in the winter playing my Wurlitzer, making up ideas.  I’m influenced regionally by other peers, as well as nasal voice poets like John K Samson or Neil Young. There’s generally a balance in content of being proud of where you’re from while cursing the weather and how far apart we all are.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Full record is locked and loaded! The album is named after the single, Give Up The Gold and it’s ready to be released digitally on September 7th

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ll be doing some dates across Alberta in October and we’ll be heading out to Toronto for the month of November to give some love to the Eastern part of the country. Dates to be announced 🙂

What else is happening next in Jesse and the Dandelions’ world?

We’re generally just excited for everyone to hear the record. It’s a wild one and we think people are really going to get into it. Also trying to squeeze the last drops out of summer!

You can check out the freshly released video HERE.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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