Debut solo album from Jessica Boudreaux of Summer Cannibals! Special first edition beautiful white vinyl, digital download card included. Pre-order comes with a really cute "No Fury" enamel pin, note from me and probably whatever other treats I can find around my house.
About the new project:
Jessica Boudreaux is nothing if not ambitious, talented, and highly prolific. The past three years have seen three records released from Boudreaux’s fiery garage rock ensemble Summer Cannibals, the most recent being 2016’s critically acclaimed LP Full of It, released by seminal Northwest punk label Kill Rock Stars. In a relatively short time, Summer Cannibals have seen their profile and fan base grow quickly and exponentially as they toured with indie-rock luminaries such as Chvrches and The Thermals. Known for their blazingly tight live performances, the Cannibals spent most of 2016 setting proverbial fire to stages in clubs and at festivals. When it was all over, Boudreaux did what she always does when she has even a few minutes of spare time: She headed back into the studio.
But Boudreaux had a different angle this time, as she toiled for months in her modest home studio in Southeast Portland, Oregon. Gone were heavy riffs and pounding drums that have made Summer Cannibals a favorite online and onstage. In their place? One word: Synths. Not content to rest on her alt rock laurels, Boudreaux set out to follow her muse to an unlikely place: Pop music. No Fury is a pop record, to be sure. But it is pop music filtered through the eyes and ears of a true rocker. As an homage to the pop idols of her childhood (Madonna, Britney Spears) and a companion of her current contemporaries (Tegan and Sara, Carly Rae Jepsen), No Fury is a unique peek into the influences, desires, and ultimately, the pure pop heart of Jessica Boudreaux.
In another unlikely move, Boudreaux enlisted the help of her friend and touring mate Hutch Harris, of Portland no-fi legends The Thermals. Harris produced the record, and yet, No Fury sounds even less like a Thermals LP than it does a Summer Cannibals release. In fact, some of the songs Boudreaux and Harris co-wrote (“Parts”, “Falling Leaves”) are the most electronic, least “rock” numbers on the LP. Which is not to say that the bombast of Boudreaux’s day band didn’t creep back into the mix. “Never Get You” is as huge and heavy as anything the Cannibals have concocted, and why shouldn’t it be? That’s SC drummer Devon Shirley beating the skins, as he does on many of the album’s tracks. Cannibals bassist Jenny Logan also plays bass on many of the album’s songs, making No Fury a true family affair. Joining the gang this time out is Portland recording engineer extraordinaire Victor Nash, who tracked much of the album at his sci-fi themed studio Destination: Universe.
No Fury is filled with feel-good pop jams like “Televised”, “Ask Me to Stay” and “All of These Sparks” that are sure to keep you dancing through this Winter and into all seasons to come. But the true heart of the record may be “All For the Best”, which finds Boudreaux alone at the piano - naked, passionate and no stranger to heartbreak. No Fury is incredibly fun, but it’s also filled with anger and a bittersweet sadness. The pure pop perfection of this album may take you to heaven, but don’t be fooled: Hell hath no fury like Jessica Boudreaux.