Union Transfer

1026 SPRING GARDEN STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19123 Ι 215-232-2100

Tobias Jesso Jr.

Tobias Jesso Jr.

Wet

Fri, October 16, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$20.00 - $22.00

This event is all ages

Tobias Jesso Jr.
Tobias Jesso Jr.
"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, John Collins [The New Pornographers] back home in Vancouver, 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. October 2014."

GOON is the debut album from Tobias Jesso Jr. A songwriter first and foremost, the album is a collection of timeless songs, all written on piano in Tobias' living room in N. Vancouver and recorded with added production and instrumentation in a range of studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville and Vancouver.

Tobias shared his first recording in 2013 with 'Just A Dream', which subtlety caught the ears of several taste-maker musicians, blogs and his first fans through YouTube, CD-r's handed out to touring bands and old-fashioned word of mouth. His next track 'True Love' followed in July 2014 to further acclaim and was named Best New Track by Pitchfork.

Tobias worked with a number of producers to realize his specific vision for the arrangement and performance of his songs. Jr White (Girls), Pat Carney (Black Keys), Jonathan Rado (Foxygen), John Collins (New Pornographers) and Ariel Rechstaid all came to the project in a similar way – drawn in by the strength of Jesso's songwriting, they strove to find the right way to honor the songs' honest emotional pulse, without overpowering their rawness.

The resulting full band recordings that appear on GOON are a stunningly honest document of a modern songwriter influenced by the iconic piano-men whose stories in song defined past generations. Bearing comparison to these greats with an evocative, timeless quality, Tobias Jesso Jr may be the classic songwriter for our time.
Wet
Wet
Hailed for their boundless emotional pop well documented by the New York Times, Spin, the Guardian, NPR, and multiple other media outlets, Wet has been greeted with a rousing response. The album’s opening track, “It’s All in Vain,” soared to #1 on Hype Machine and cracked the upper tier of the Spotify Viral 50 chart, with Entertainment Weekly noting the track in its ‘12 Songs To Hear Now.’ Complex named “Weak” among the ‘Best Songs of 2015’ and Disco Naivete anointed the evocative song as the #1 ‘Best Song of 2015.’ “Deadwater” was included on NPR’s prestigious ‘Favorite Songs of 2015’ list, with the radio network highlighting the band on NPR’s World Café 2016 Preview, citing their music as “profoundly emotional.”

Media tastemakers have reached a mutual consensus on the band’s rapid rise, with PopCrush citing the trio among the ‘Best New Artists of 2015,’ Pandora forecasting them as an ‘Artist To Watch in 2016’ and Consequence Of Sound including their upcoming debut effort in their list as one of the ‘50 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2016.’ Don’t You includes 11 tracks and was recorded in a rented house in the wooded confines of Hadley, Massachusetts where the band relocated to focus on the project. The trio is comprised of the enigmatic Kelly Zutrau and multi-instrumentalists Joe Valle and Marty Sulkow.

Wet met through mutual friends as college students in New York City in 2007. After a few years of informal collaboration (Zutrau came to New York to study painting), they didn’t declare their official musical intentions until the summer of 2012. After releasing a few songs on SoundCloud, including the acclaimed "Don't Wanna Be Your Girl," the band began attracting a diverse and loyal following. Their critically hailed self-titled debut EP garnered industry-wide attention and paved the path for their recent major label release, Don’t You, available now.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123