For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: Young Jesus!
Things have been moving ahead pretty quickly for Young Jesus as of late. In November 2011, the Chicago rock group surpassed its Kickstarter campaign goal in support of the band’s debut album, Home. Then earlier this month, the act played a record release show at Lincoln Hall. And on January 24th, the band will release Home, an album YJ frontman John Rossiter is definitely excited about.
“With this being our debut full length record, we wanted it to be very ‘us,’” Rossiter explains to CVU. “We worked with out friend Jordan Thomas, who self-designed a little studio in his apartment in Lincoln Park. We all know and trust Jordan, so it was basically like working with a fifth member of the band, and that’s exactly what we wanted. On a technical level, it was pretty bare bones. Whatever we could scrounge up or borrow.”
“As a set of songs, it’s a concept album, telling the story of David and Eloise and the narrator,” the singer reveals of the concept. “David and Eloise are a couple troubled kids, early 20′s, who kinda fall into each other in the midst of drugs and alcohol. David is an aspiring filmmaker, and, at the start of the album, Eloise has just given up on a band she was in in New York (see the song “Maybe Baby” off our last EP). Anyway, David has been obsessed with Eloise for awhile (maybe me too, she’s been in our songs for 2 years now AHH), and she just kinda settles for him. Then she leaves. That really fucks with David. He goes one direction, she the other. And then there’s the narrator. He’s pretty obsessed with both David and Eloise. It’s a bizarre love triangle, but doesn’t sound much like that New Order song.”
“We put our hearts into this album, are very proud of it, and hope some people can relate to it and like it,” Rossiter concludes. “Creating Home has been amazing, and we’re just so so glad we get to make our music. It’s all because of our family and friends so, words are not enough.”
Stream or download Young Jesus’ alt-infused “Away” below, followed by the video for the band’s song “Earthquake.”