For Fans Of: Shamir, Natalie Prass, Leon Bridges, Mr. Twin Sister, Girls, Black Keys

Happy to share a new song from the debut album GOON by Tobias Jesso Jr. “How Could You Babe” was produced by Chet “JR” White (formerly of Girls), and Tobias’ first official music video, directed by Grant Singer.

Tobias has already been picked by Time, Pitchfork, Fader, Stereogum + more as an Artist to Watch in 2015. Pigeons & Planes called him “one of the most consistently impressive new acts in music.” He just played two sold out shows with Foxygen at The Roxy in LA, and will embark on his first ever headline tour in March. Full dates and tickets for all dates below.

A few words from Tobias about “How Could You Babe”:

“I didn’t listen to any 70′s music when I was young or even until I heard it’s what people thought my music most sounded like. When I was younger I listened to things like the Fugees and Aretha, along with all the other radio hits of the time. My favorite song was ‘give me one reason’ by Tracy Chapman, I remember going to listen to it in the vegetable section at the grocery store because they played it all the time and I didn’t have it on tape until I got lucky one day and snagged it off the radio. How Could You Babe was written around the chorus, I just came up with the line and then wrote more words in that theme, it was an experience I had gone through but it wasn’t something I thought I needed to say or get out, it just came out that way.”

‘Goon’ is out March 17th. The first two tracks from the album “Hollywood” and “How Could You Babe” are available instantly with iTunes pre-order.

Tobias Jesso Jr. 2015 Tour Dates

March 14-17 Austin, TX – SXSW
March 22 Toronto, ON – The Drake
March 24 Washington, DC – Sixth & I
March 25 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
March 26 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
March 27 Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
March 28 Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
March 30 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
March 31 Seattle, WA – Barboza
April 1 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
April 3 San Francisco, CA – Brick + Mortar
April 4 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (early show)


True Panther Sounds will be releasing the debut album Goon from Tobias Jesso Jr. on March 17th, 2015. Want to tell you about it, but thought it’d be best for Tobias for put it into his own words…

“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, 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. December 2014″