Jordohn Bileau
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Jordohn Bileau

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The best kept secret in music


"Jordohn Bileau: Taking his Shot"

Once frustrated as the lead guitarist for Just Before August, Jordohn Bileau's solo work seems poised to exceed the success of the once-popular regional band.

He expresses that frustration in the title track, which sets the stage for the rest of the album. "Masquerade" reveals the softer side and demonstrates Bileau's range as a songwriter. On a CD this diverse and satisfying, there is truly something for everyone.

His touch of R&B fused with the singer-songwriter tradition is a welcomed change of pace for Boston's albino white acoustic scene. His Hendrix-infused riffs are mixed with equal parts soul and swagger. Bileau, while introspective, isn't afraid to quote Jack Black on stage. Although serious about his craft, his personal style makes him accessible to fans in a way that bigger and bigger crowds are going to appreciate.

Both Jordohn Bileau's debut CD, Soul in the Chamber, and the artist himself are sure to blow you away. I just wouldn't listen with Dick Cheney.

- INsite Magazine (Boston)

"Jordohn Bileau releases expressive 'Soul in the Chamber'"

When an artist puts out a CD on his or her own, it's not about the paycheck, its about the passion. It's about freedom of expression. It's pure.

Jordohn Bileau's debut CD, "Soul in the Chamber," is pure. It's an expression of self, free from constraints.

Tonight at 9, Mr. Bileau of Fall River will celebrate the release of his CD with a performance at the Bridge Street Station in Fairhaven with the Neal McCarthy Problem. Copies of his CD will be available for purchase at the show.

Soul in the Chamber" showcases Mr. Bileau's eclectic musical style.
"I'd say it's neo-rock and soul, with an R&B vibe, but it definitely has a lot of rock elements," he says. "It's real gritty funk rock. I definitely could say it's bits and pieces from black music throughout the last 30 years."

On the title track, Mr. Bileau's electric guitar screams as he sings, "Son of a gun, I got soul in the chamber/Messing with me your status quo's in danger." "The song is an allusion to everything that I am," Mr. Bileau explains. "Everything is pent up and raring to go, like a bullet in a chamber, before the bullet becomes this massive force. I thought it was a good theme for the whole album."

"Masquerade," which follows the title track, shows Mr. Bileau in a more tender mood. Accompanied by the acoustic guitar, he sings a lonely ballad of a frustrated man who lays it all on the line for love.
"Why would you fight me, when I tear myself apart for you, flesh from the frame?/ And why would you fight me when I set the world on fire for you and walk through the flame?"

Mr. Bileau recorded his CD in two months and hopes that enough people will recognize his talent that he'll land a recording contract.
"It doesn't matter how much they like an album," he says. "The labels look for people who have 3 or 4,000 albums on their own. I'm trying to build a fan base."

To that end, he took to the road this past summer, playing coffee houses and open mics in Northampton and Spingfield, as well as Portland, Maine, and Burlington, Vt. "It was just a week," he says. "I was sleeping in my car, a '91 Chevy. There would be 20 to 25 people at the open mics. I'd sell 10 CDs, which is a good ratio, but I barely broke even.

"There are 90,000 people in this area, but no music scene," says Mr. Bileau, who was the lead guitarist of the now defunct Just Before August, a band that had a pretty good following, but never made real headway toward a recording career. "We played in this area and never got anything out of it. I figured I'd expand the circle a little bit."

This story appeared on Page C9 of The Standard-Times on October 6, 2005.

By MIKE ROCHA, Standard-Times correspondent

- The Standard Times


"Soul in the Chamber" 2005


Feeling a bit camera shy


Jordohn Bileau isn’t your typical, run-of-the-mill singer/songwriter. While most in the genre demonstrate folk rock tenancies, Jordohn displays a fondness for giving his straightforward songwriting the gloss and energy of R&B while also incorporating gritty rock guitar grooves. Offering a sound described by some as Tracy Champman meets Prince, the Massachusetts native cites influences including Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Buckley and Marvin Gaye. The outcome is a sound that steers clear of lyrical cliches and overproduction and opts to give the listener honest writing crafted into songs that are at one moment sweet and melodic, and the next vulnerable and introspective.

For the past two years, Jordohn has been establishing himself in the Massachusetts area as a lead guitarist in a local jazz-infused rock band. Unable to adequately put his creative vision into the five-piece band, Jordohn left the group. Split among the members, his share came to $650. Jordohn took the money and purchased a digital recording unit from a pawnshop in Arizona and quickly began putting two years of stifled creative energy on tape.

Over the next six weeks, Jordohn turned his apartment into a recording studio and amassed a catalog of music which he could shape into an album. The end result, Soul in the Chamber, delivers thirteen songs ranging from dirty funk-rock to soulful ballads. The album showcases the musician’s talent as a lyricist as well as his knack for melody.

Jordohn Bileau is currently touring the East Coast to support the release of Soul in the Chamber. His acoustic shows allow the listener to hear naked renditions of the music; focusing on the words of the songs along with the soulful nature they are delivered.

In December 2005, Jordohn Bileau began touring with a three-piece band (Jordohn Bileau & Soulsmear), in addition to his solo shows. The band's sound has been described as Jeff Buckley meets Sly and The Family Stone.