Photo: Joe Strutt
If you’re a post-punk or krautrock fan, you probably know Jesse James Laderoute, Toronto’s most British-sounding frontman, from his work in Young Mother (if not, check out this Noisemakers video we shot at their Steamwhistle UNSIGNED performance in 2012).
For the last couple of years, Laderoute has been honing his literate pop chops in his other project, Blonde Elvis. After some time spent working his sarcastic Scotch-drunk swagger onstage, he’s ready to debut the first taste of the band’s upcoming debut LP. Listen to the premiere of “Fit For Her” below.
“It’s sort of based on the notion that over time a person’s idealism can diminish as they become increasingly comfortable in their lives,” he says of the synth-specked song, whose chorus repeats the evocative phrase “It’s a shame of the working class.”
Like Young Mother, it’s heavily influenced by his Anglophile record collection (if you haven't heard, dude does a good Jarvis Cocker):
“I wanted the recording to reference various eras of production in music history while being tied to none of them specifically: ‘60s psychedelic, ‘70s glam, ‘80s kiwi pop, ‘90s ‘indie rock’ and pretty much any synth-based film soundtracks.”