Jeans Boots is imagined, a lost VHS recording of The Wedge featuring a slacker Stevie Nicks dosing with the Velvet Underground.
The music comes from a childhood listening to AM Radio, a pick-up truck with one Neil Young cassette tape in it and Eric's Trip.
Jeans Boots has appeared at NXNE, Sled Island, Ness Creek and the Gateway Festival and has supported a number of great artists at home and while touring Canada, including Buffy Sainte-Marie Elliott Brood, Forest City Lovers, Library Voices, Tasseomancy, Timber Timbre, Shotgun Jimmie and Cannon Bros.
The group features members of Saskatoon collective Slow Down, Molasses, which has toured the UK (End of the Road Festival, The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City) and Canada (NXNE, Halifax Pop Explosion, Sled Island, Regina Folk Festival and Ness Creek.)
Jeans Boots has self-released two EPs and is working on a collaboration with Saskatoon hip-hop producer Factor.
Recent performances include The University of Saskatchewan's TedX event and a live for broadcast taping of CBC Radio's On a Cold Road.
“Jeanette Stewart, who is the group's main brain, does have an acoustic side, but this show was unadulterated electricity in the vein of Sonic Youth and Julie Doiron's louder moments,” - These boots were made for rockin', National Capital Rock, April 16, 2011
"(Jeans Boots') sound could be described as a combination of Best Coast and Eric’s Trip, gritty guitars and playful, occasionally cooing vocals that shove classic pop-rock arrangements ahead full-throttle" - www.soundsalvationarmy.com
Jeanette Stewart - Vocals, Guitar
Tyson McShane - Bass
Levi Soulodre - Guitar
Drunk Mumbles - demo collection (ltd.)
Txt Msgs - EP, 2011 (ltd. 200, sold out)
Jeanette Stewart is Jeans Boots, EP - 2010 (ltd. 200, sold out)
Radio on CBC Saskatchewan and community stations CFCR Saskatoon and CJTR Regina.
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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT By Craig Silliphant SPOTLIGHT: JEANETTE STEWART Jeanette Stewart has only li...ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
By Craig Silliphant
SPOTLIGHT: JEANETTE STEWART
Jeanette Stewart has only lived in Saskatoon full time since 2007, but she’s been heavily immersed in the city’s music scene ever since — first as a fan, and then as a musician. Keyboard player with Slow Down, Molasses, she’s also a solo artist in her own right (fronting her band Jeanette Stewart and The Brodeo) and is poised to release an acoustic solo EP, which we should hopefully see sometime this year.
PLANET S: How would you describe your music?
JEANETTE STEWART: I'd say I just give it as much heart as I can. I listen to a pretty good range of folk, country, rock and pop from the last fifty plus years. I'm obsessed with Neil Young, difficult relationships, the end of the world and unrequited romance. I've played for lots of different people so I sort of tailor the approach; I'm not going to scream and play distorted guitars at a room full of old ladies, but I'll probably scream at a bar full of dudes in band shirts. I prefer the latter.
PS: I heard you had some crazy adventures on tour with Slow Down, Molasses.
JS: As the youngest member of the Slow Down, Molasses collective I'm also perhaps the self-appointed “party ambassador” — although a certain occasional mandolin player in the band is a lot better at it than I am. Last tour I got put on probation a couple of times after some extreme behaviour, such as getting lost in Montréal and being found by the band in a bagel shop at 3 a.m., and then in Halifax — waking up our pregnant trombone player after an unfortunate incident involving a bottle of scotch, an after-party in a recording studio and some wild Halifax musician-folks. I hope I made more friends than I lost.
PS: When did you realize that you could make the transition from music lover and music journalist to musician?
JS: The very first time I ever performed indie rock was kind of by accident at Little Mountain Studios in Vancouver as part of Slow Down, Molasses. I went on tour with them three years ago as a rock journalist, but ended up having my life ruined by the realization that I could actually play music. I'm joking about my life being ruined — it's actually been the complete opposite. I was writing and performing songs in high school, but I grew up in a very small town and didn't realize that people did that — that there was an entire world of people who weren't "famous" but were making a life of music.
PS: What’s your take on the Saskatoon scene?
JS: Everything I love about Saskatoon I also hate. I love and hate how much everyone knows each other and their business. No one forgets old business and everyone's lived here for a long time — I still feel like a new kid, even though I first moved here in 2007. All that common history is a good thing though, it makes it very safe and nice, and also, people are so supportive of anything slightly quirky swimming in this tiny pond. I really love playing music, and I’m not sure if I could have started out anywhere else — it's so supportive here. The members of Slow Down, Molasses have been so key in all of it, along with the rotating members of The Brodeo. Also, Vive [Music] gave me my first show ever and have asked me to play a lot of great shows for bands touring through this city. Without this great community I'd still be mired in impotent musical frustration.
Jeans Boots – txt msgs
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I’ve been keeping this one up my sleeve for a MINUTE. But the time has finally come! Jeans Boots is ...I’ve been keeping this one up my sleeve for a MINUTE. But the time has finally come! Jeans Boots is the nom de guerre of Jeanette Stewart, a Saskatoon native and member of the band Slow Down Molasses. Her sound is a certified sticky-bar-floor relative to the lovely-songbird-with-the-loud-ass-rock-band aesthetic that the likes of Julie Doiron and Land of Talk are sometimes identified with. Yessir, Canada is stacked in this category. Lucky.
This album in particular, txt msgs, is a pretty massive album for being only six songs deep. The recordings are delightfully scrappish without being too messy. Stewart has a passionate emotive voice that carries the songs. It’s that cracking bay of her’s that make her voice sound so dolefully entrenched in the squeeling music. This isn’t necessarily the same as what Jessica Jalbert is doing with her jams but I can see how people would make that connection, and it’s not a bad connection to make, especially on a bill for a show, that’s for certain. Which is why it is perfect that Jeans Boots is playing with Jessica Jalbert (and her band) and the soon to be argue job-ed Slow Down Molasses in Edmonton this saturday at Wunderbar. YES! I personally hope it’s packed out cause all these artists are the genuine article, i m o. Event page.
JEANS BOOTS interview
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Jeans Boots Interview
Posted by Editor on Mar 10, 2011 in Interviews | 0 comments
Jeans BootsJeans Boots, the super heroine moniker and band name of Saskatoon-based musician Jeanette Stewart, is about to drop a new EP entitled Txt Msgs.
The EP, which is currently streaming online, takes a few woozy steps away from Stewart’s past work, which closely followed the likes of the lovable-but-damaged femme fatale folk rock of Julie Doiron. Instead of attempting to seduce her listeners with demureness, Jeans Boots slam through six tracks of feedback-drenched Can-noise-pop that is still very much anchored by Stewart’s emerging voice.
The lyrics, however, are still as biting as ever – it just wouldn’t be Jeanette Stewart without a (un)healthy dose of romantic failure.
“’Txt Msgs,’ as the kids would say, is about being sort of in love with someone you pretty much only communicate with electronically,” explains Stewart. “Some of the songs are kind of about that in a roundabout way, and just generally about unrequited love and playing rock music and living that life.”
“I want to write a record about actual love [next] time – fuck unrequited love,” she continues. “So it might be about my cat.”
Having started her group in the summer of 2010 – she also released the helpfully-titled EP Jeanette Stewart is Jeans Boots – Stewart has progressed immensely with both her recordings and her live show. Thankfully, Stewart has learned to use the sketchiness that balances out her talents as a strength rather than a hindrance.
“We’ve been playing the songs as a band for a while so we decided to get the jams down on record in case everything stopped existing in this way,” says Stewart. “We were opening for Shotgun Jimmie at Amigos in early February and Mr. Jim Ginther generously offered to let us use his awesome basement recording set up to get the songs down. We made the record the day after the show, still hyped and bleary eyed and ready to party. Jimmie came over to give us some moral support. So we pretty much played all six songs a couple times, I did one or two vocal takes for each track and we squished them together. It took less than 48-hours.”
“Someone asked if we recorded it ‘analog’,” she adds. “The answer is no.”
With Stewart pulling double-duty in both Jeans Boots and Slow Down, Molasses, audiences have plenty of opportunity to catch her live.
“I get to play lots of shows as Jeans Boots opening for Slow Down, Molasses,” says Stewart. “Then I want to form a teenage version of my rock band. By teenage I mean some young adults with no commitments who can play really well and want to jam all the time. Realistically speaking, that might not happen. I have a day job I really love and a cat and I live in a nice house.”
“There’s a line in the new Slow Down, Molasses record about falling in love with a simple life,” she continues. “It’s something to think about. Saskatoon allows me to exist as a creative person, and there are amazing people here who say nice things to me and reinforce my existence as that person.”
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