since 2000, and the first chapter of his career was marked by a chronic restlessness, as he meandered through various band lineups and searched for the perfect sound for his songwriting voice. Finally settling on the idea that no one style could tie him down, he began to embrace his flair for genre hopping on the 2006 album, I Love A Worried Woman. Working out of After 7 Studios with producer Robert Scott, Nathan began to see the melodies in his head become realized as he intended. A profound sense of belonging within the studio environment, as well as an appreciation for studio-oriented artists such as Steely Dan and Prince, provided inspiration and set the tone for this album.
Veshecco even took a page out of Steely Dan’s playbook, hiring session legends Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones) and Wilbur “Bad” Bascomb (James Brown, Jeff Beck) to fill out the album’s rhythm section. The result was “a confident and innovative CD...rooted sonically in the past with a decidedly modern approach.” After embarking on the darkly passionate, painfully personal journey that is his rock-opera epic Alleys in 2007, Veshecco is writing and recording new material to add to his growing discography. A self-described “people’s songwriter,” Nathan claims to have problems other than his own in mind this time around. “This set of songs isn’t even for or about me, honestly,” he says.
“These songs are filled with messages and feelings that people are constantly conveying to me, as if they have no voice with which to express them beyond everyday conversation. I felt like lending them that voice, and I also relished the idea of not getting personal for once. After the last two albums, I think we’ve had enough of the Nathan Veshecco soap operas for awhile. Let’s see what’s on the other channels.” A new single, The Love Jerk, treads decidedly abnormal pop-music territory; it’s a man’s declaration of fidelity to his better half, exercised through, well, “self-love,” to put it politely.
“The single is the only exception to the rule of ‘songs for others.’ I feel like there’s very little focus today on the benefits of monogamy, and so if there are still any women out there wondering what happened to chivalry, this song is for you.” Veshecco claims that the song – which evokes Otis Redding as channeled through the musical “Hairspray” – even has an official dance, to be displayed in the accompanying video. “Pop single dances are another thing we’ve been sorely lacking as of late, so I thought I’d give it a try. And I’m not talking the ‘Macarena’ here, I’m going all the way back to Chubby Checker and ‘The Twist.’ ...I really hope the dance catches on. I’m envisioning throngs of people happily doing ‘The Love Jerk’ in dance clubs ...
in front of their computers ... on the streets ... you can practice it alone or try it with a friend,” Veshecco says with a wink. The Love Jerk will be available September 2, 2008 at CD Baby and at www.thelovejerk.com. Read more on Last.fm.
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