This week we are all crushing on Jesse from Jesse and the Dandelions.
Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, rock poppers Jesse and the Dandelions (Jesse Northey (Guitar, Lead Vocals), Tasy Hudson (Drums), Dean Kheroufi (Bass) and Cayley Thomas (Keys, Vocals)) have been making tunes together for the past 5 years. They’ve opened for the likes of Attack In Black, Hollerado, and July Talk earning them some serious live music cred. 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. They’ve just released their 3rd full length album True Blue, a record that shows the band staying true to the musical path they’ve carved for themselves, upgrading their melodically noisy sound with improved producing, courtesy of the band themselves.
“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.”
If that knowledge and expertise bomb didn’t throw you into full Jesse crush mode, then check this out. The band’s new music video for ’No Fun’, the lead single from True Blue, reveals a tantalizing tidbit about the lead singer: he’s a former figure skater! Growing up in the small town of Fernie, BC, Jesse was one of the only boys in figure skating within his community, a situation that was both a challenge and a benefit. Says Jesse, “I was actually quite good and I won every competition that I competed in. That being said, there weren’t many other competitors!” While figure skating life was glamorous, Jesse figured his masculine reputation may have been better served by a career in music, and he never looked back. But he had no issue revisiting his old pastime for the new video. “‘No Fun’ talks about the perils of becoming a star and works as a fitting background to my gold medal Olympic skating performance.”
Multi-talented, creative and sensitive to boot, if you’re not all crushing on Jesse Northey by now, please seek therapy.
What is your ideal first date/ what’s the best date you’ve ever been on?
There’s one first date of mine that simply can’t be beat. I love curry but I can’t make it to save my life, so it was going to be a “teach Jesse how to make curry” date. I never seem to remember but I do enjoy the process. It’s good team building!
So! We make the curry, then afterwards we sit down and listen to a record, but the deal is that we aren’t allowed to talk. She made me sit there and listen to the whole record without saying a word. I think it was a Rogue Wave record. Talk about tension building!
Then, she heads over to the piano and starts playing me songs, while I got to sit and listen. Then she plays an Elliott Smith song, I play an Elliott Smith song on the guitar. We go back and forth playing his songs for hours. Combined we know the whole discography! It was practically the plot of an indie movie. Instead of a Garden State ending though, it had more of a 500 Days of Summer feel.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
I have a knack for finding out about the deal breaking tendencies late in the game. I’m pretty forgiving at first. Usually it has to do with motivation and identity. I’m attracted to people who know who they are, or are at least interested in that journey. If someone is relying on me to provide the life motivation it usually doesn’t last too long.
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
The best advice I’ve gotten is that it’s best to talk it out. Usually I’m terrified to have any serious conversations with anyone I’m with, but 100% of the time I’m always blown away with how understanding they are and how much clearer things are. Honesty is hot!
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done to get a love interest’s attention?
One time in high school, a girl I was interested in was going away for a month in the summer time. I hand wrote her a note for every day she was gone and I made up a DVD of me performing 30 different songs so she’d get a note/song per day. I think I came on a little too strong! I used to be more into grand gestures but they don’t tend to work.
What’s the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention?
I met someone at a Halloween party once and we really hit it off. My phone was dead and I wanted to get her information so we could get together sometime, but the only thing I could think of was to give her this old school ID that I had in my wallet with my name and photo. Months later I got a mysterious package in the mail with no return address, and it was a coffee mug with my school ID photo on it. It took me weeks to piece it together. It was a neat move but it was too subtle because I didn’t get it.
Catch the crushworthy Jesse and his band on their upcoming tour. Dates Below!
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