For Club & Country
Lejeune is a Washington, DC quintet dedicated to writing and performing romantic pop rock about the usual: Japanese nightclubs, dormroom affairs, street violence, and magical thinking. The seasoned ensemble has honed it's robust and velvety sound, finding inspiration in '60s torch singers, spaghetti-western soundtracks, and new wave pop. Lejeune is Sam Bishop - vocals, guitar Matthew Richardson - guitar J. Forté - keyboard, backing vocals, guitar Greg Gendron - drums and percussion Ody Leonard - bass For Club and Country was recorded at Richmond's Sound of Music Studios in late 2006 with noted producer Alan Weatherhead (Cracker, Nina Persson, Sparklehorse), and captures Lejeune's big live sound in intimate detail. Comprised of equal measures twang and rock, with a touch of new wave, Lejeune's literate songs range from the concise pop of "Bizarre Histrionics" to the epic balladry of "I Am in Your Corner," visiting many unexpected places in between. The LP's opening track, "Your Serene Saturday Night,"-featuring dark verses, wide-open choruses of measured optimism, deep bass tones, crisp acoustic guitars, booming, cavernous drums and "deep fried" electric guitar work-evokes the sounds and themes of the entire album in just four minutes. For Club and Country's 11 songs are a document of Lejeune's many transformations since the 2004 release of their eponymous album. The 2006 addition of J. Forté's keyboard and backing vocals belies a larger theme of broader strokes on a grander canvas. Matthew Richardson's distinctive lead guitar is still leading the charge while Sam Bishop's arresting lyrics and assertive vocals traverse more adventurous territory. Alternately revealing and narrative, these songs are the atlas advising a new expedition for Lejeune.