Published Feb 22, 2013Moncton, NB's John Jerome has fronted the noisy bands Pervert and Heimlich, but now he's leading a power-pop act called John Jerome & the Congregation. On March 12, the band will release Ask Not What I Can Do for You, But What We Can Do Together through Superbob Records.
Although Jerome's name is highlighted by the band's moniker, John Jerome & the Congregation are more than just a one-man show. Member Kyle McDonald said in a statement, "Typically, John will come up with a melody at random as a result of picking up an instrument and tinkering around with it for a few minutes. It could be anything at all: mandolin, piano, keyboard, bass, guitar. He starts with one simple lick and instantly we are collectively mired in a huge song structure of endless ideas."
The five-piece's members are drawn from a variety of local acts, and a press release describes their chemistry as relying on a "truly distinctive contrast."
Scroll down past the tracklist and the band's upcoming Canadian tour schedule to check out the aggressively harmony-filled pop single "Great Claims of Grandeur." The comparatively laid-back "She Speaks to Animals" is also below.
Ask Not What I Can Do for You, But What We Can Do Together:
1. She Speaks to Animals
2. It's Alright
3. The Current
4. Forever Chasing Something More
6. Great Claims of Grandeur
7. We All Want to Be a Part
8. Unconditional Aid
9. Oh Lord!
3/8 Halifax, NS - Gus' Pub
3/9 Halifax, NS - TBA
3/12 Moncton, NB - Aberdeen
3/14 Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
3/15 Pembroke, ON - Lasso Saloon
3/16 Sudbury, ON - Millard's Garage
3/18 Thunder Bay - The Apollo
3/20 Saskatoon, SK - Beaumont Film & Record
3/21 Edmonton, AB - Wunderbar
3/22 Lethbridge, AB - The Owl
3/23 Calgary, AB - Palamino
3/24 Red Deer, AB - Slumland
3/28 Vancouver, BC - The Railway Club
3/29 Abbotsford, BC - TBA
3/30 Vancouver, BC - The Princeton
4/3 Calgary, AB - Costello
4/4 Edmonton, AB - Bohemia
4/5 Saskatoon, SK - Amigos
4/6 Winnipeg, MB - The Windsor
4/7 Thunder Bay, ON - The Apollo
4/9 Peterborough, ON - The Garnet
4/10 Guelph, ON - Van Gough's Ear
4/11 Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar
4/12 Sarnia, ON - Trinity Lounge
4/13 Kingston, ON - The Artel