We’ve been fans of Jesse and the Dandelions when we stumbled onto their rollicking sounds some months back. The good news is, the band are releasing an album and here’s the first cut. Over to front man Jesse Northey to talk the track!
“Give Up The Gold,” the title track of our forthcoming record, may be the simplest song that I’ve ever written. I usually get into a trap of trying to include too many chords in a song, for the sake of melodic adventuring. “Give Up The Gold” was an active restraint, and I think it’s stronger for it.
Substream Magazine premiered “Give Up The Gold” and it’s accompanying video!
I feel like I was still able to adventure with the production – the two opposing forces of distorted breakbeat drums/buzzy guitars paired with dreamy open chords, waterfall delay guitar hooks, and simple wurlitzer arpeggios, creates a landscape that I’m personally very excited about.
Lyrically, “Give Up The Gold” is quite simple, but I love that I could include a few double entendres. The album drops in September, and was recorded by Nik Kozub (Shout Out Out Out Out) and myself. The band features members of fellow Edmonton locals, The Velveteins, while I helmed producing/engineering duties with Nik.
Jesse and the Dandelions are Jesse Northey, Conner Ellinger, Daniel Sedmark, Travis Sargent, and Dean Kheroufi.