“If I knew what I was doing, I’d be doing it every day,” says Ottawa-based singer, songwriter and producer Jeremy Fisher. “Most of the time I’m chasing ghosts and running into walls, so when I get my hands on a song that feels right and provokes emotion in others it can feel like the first time and that’s exciting.”
It’s been 10 years, 3 studio albums and countless tours since Fisher released his album Goodbye Blue Monday, a scrappy collection of acoustic folk pop produced by Hawksley Workman. To celebrate this anniversary, the LP will be pressed on vinyl for the first time.
In 2007, Jeremy Fisher released Goodbye Blue Monday, including tracks such as the upbeat Scar That Never Heals, contemplative ballad Fall For Anything, and Jolene which features his penchant for fingerpicked guitar and hushed harmonies. The homemade stop-motion video for the song Cigarette, featuring an anthropomorphic title character, became a viral phenomenon in the early days of YouTube. The album was nominated for two JUNO awards in 2008 (Best New Artist, Adult Alternative Album of the Year), and gave Fisher the opportunity to tour extensively throughout his native Canada, Australia and the USA, where he appeared twice on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
“Goodbye Blue Monday is still a favourite at the merch table,” says Fisher, “and I’ve always wanted to offer it in the format I believe sounds best. We’ve remastered it for vinyl and it’s been amazing to hear the record again the way I remember hearing playback in the studio.”
Fisher’s most recent studio album, The Lemon Squeeze, garnered him a 2015 JUNO nomination in the Adult Alternative Album of the Year category, with two singles landing in the CBC radio 2 Top 20. He played sold-out shows and festivals all across Canada in support of the release. He has 6 studio albums to-date and is working on his first collection of children’s songs since becoming a father last year.
In 2015, Jeremy built a small studio in his back yard called “The Sugar Shack” where he has produced albums for other artists (Great Big Sea’s Sean McCann, Adam Kagan) as well as in-episode songs and the theme for the Disney TV cartoon Billy Dilley’s Super-Duper Subterranean Summer.
The vinyl re-master of Goodbye Blue Monday will be available October 20, through Hidden Pony Records in stores and online.