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The New Full Length album from Vancouver's Jesse LeBourdais. A testament to a life well wasted.
released 08 May 2012
Recorded at Fadermaster by Paul Boechler
with help from Greg Bedford
Mixed by Shawn Cole
Mastered by Brock McFarlane
Reviews for I GO BY THE SOUND
"Imagine yourself around a campfire built from pallets and rubber tires, everyone’s drunk on whiskey, singing and dancing like they do in old Western films. One person has even managed to drag a piano out into the wilderness. Except this party is raging on in your living room and the fire alarms have been yanked out of the ceiling. Unharnessed and wild, a bluegrass band lead by a drunkard’s crackling voice calls out beyond the roaring flames.
This is the sound of Cambridge’s Jesse LeBourdais conjuring the wild west through the comfort of your speakers. Drawing from punk, country and bluegrass, LeBourdais’ second full length, I Go By the Sound is collection of thoughtful, alcohol-fueled anthems that you can’t help but sing along to.
Catchy and memorable, but rarely wholesome, the album inspires sing-alongs that could leave an entire bar swaying in their seats, and represents a cathartic and surprisingly innocent reflection of the singer/songwriter’s development from adolescence to adulthood. Thankfully, lean production overshadows his childish punk tendencies and instead focuses on his consumptive vocals and tireless backing band.
Pick any song on the album and there’s going to be a frustrated LeBourdais making the most of his battle with societal expectations. That’s a given. Some are cruder than others, but they still retain an iconoclastic charm. Sure to appease any audience are the forlorn “Ain’t Never” or the rollicking “Matter of Days.” But passion and sincerity are I Go By the Sound’s greatest assets, especially on songs like the bleak “Union Man” or the title track.
Through his honest, lucid storytelling LeBourdais can easily bring you into his tales of imagined vagabonds and drunken self-pity. The pitiful and brooding “Silence” ends with the lyrics, “Leave me the fuck alone/ I’m gonna sit here in the dark/ Sort my shit out/ Man, I think I’ll be fine.” The remainder of I Go By the Sound is a powerful indication, however, that LeBourdais will in the end be fine."
"...One of the best shows I have ever seen live. Jesse's songs make me feel refreshed by his honesty. Simply amazing. It was just released so check it out and decide for yourself. The dude tours all the time."
- MD PRODUCTIONS
"For those of you unfamiliar with Vancouver’s own Jesse Lebourdais, let me give you a brief introduction. He is the lead singer of a melodic hardcore/punk band named Cambridge. He is also an accomplished folk punk solo artist with three solo albums to his credit with his latest being I Go By The Sound.
The album was posted on Jesse’s bandcamp page Wednesday night, and I have to admit (and I have to pull this off this cheesy reference and there may be more on the way) that I have been “following the sound” ever since and listening any chance I have gotten.
I don’t know where to start on the accolades for this album. The song writing is sublime and in true folk fashion the story telling is rich (I am definitelythinking I must be smitten like a school girl right now because I am using words that are not normal for me). Combine the storytelling with Lebourdais’ one of a kind vocal stylings and you have characters in the songs that sound, seem, and feel so familiar that it is almost as if they are old friends. Check out “Union Man” for the best example of this.
From top to bottom the 13 tracks that comprise I Go By The Sound are stellar but my personal favourite is the title track. But I do have to say that my one issue with this song is when Lebroudais belts out a reference to his music as “a testament to a life well wasted.” I do have to say to Mr. Lebourdais that even if you never write another song, your life is not wasted in the least."
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