LISTENING POST

Tobias Jesso Jr. has rerecorded ‘Without You’ with a full string section, ahead of his first full band tour

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When we interviewed Tobias Jesso Jr. in February, he told us how he’d made a conscious decision to tour his music alone, so his audience could decide whether they liked the tracks for what they were or not, and not be distracted by the cool guitarist, or whatever. He wanted to present his debut album, ‘Goon’, in its raw state – take it or leave it.

A lot have people have taken it, and so now the Canadian pianist has booked his first tour with a full band in November.

Preceding that is this fleshed out version of ‘Without You’, which now includes a string section, inspired by Tobias’ performance on the Conan O’Brien show. The track is being release on a limited 7″ by True Panther Sound, backed by non-album track ‘True Love’.

Of the new alternative version of ‘Without You’, he says:

“The first time I heard a string section on “Without You” was when I played the song on Conan. Me and Ariel [Rechtshaid], who produced the song, both had strings in mind when we originally recorded, but weren’t able to put them on the album due to time and budget constraints. I’ve never been a big fan of alternate versions, but I’ve made an exception this time, simply because it’s hard for me to hear the song any differently since that performance.”

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Full Band Tour Dates:
Tue. 11/24 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Wed. 11/25 – London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire
Fri. 11/27 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Sat. 11/28 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Sun. 11/29 – Manchester, UK – The Ritz
Wed. 12/2 – Leeds, UK – Burdenell Social Club
Fri. 12/4 – Dublin, Ireland – Button Factory