Leeroy Stagger, is gearing up to release his third full-length album, Depression River, on Boompa Records. The album, produced by John Ellis (Be Good Tanyas), will be released April 3, in the USA and distributed through Caroline.
“Depression River is a reference to Shawnigan Lake, the town where I grew up. It’s basically this really small town on Vancouver Island,” explains Stagger. “A lot of bad things kind of happened to me when I lived there, the most significant being the death of my brother. So the record is a kind of release of all these things.”
A deep and moving album filled with heartfelt confessions and observations, Depression River is shaped by a not-so-idyllic childhood in the rural outskirts of Victoria, British Columbia. Reflecting the sensibility of the of’ monikered but rarely as Ã propos as when it is applied to Stagger, songs like the opener “Where I Live” and “First Time Hurts” reveals a tempered self-awareness far more eloquently than most folks at 23. But it’s the straightforward honesty and somewhat autobiographical lyrics of tracks like “Depression River” and “One of the Lucky Ones” that take you to a personal, internal world laid bare.
“Most of what I write comes from real life experiences,” Leeroy explains. “Sometimes mine, sometime not. The song ‘Carol’ just came to me one day and I kind of went with it. A lot of people relate to that song because it deals with real subject matter — it has life and death and pain and happiness… real things, you know? Then, there is a song like ‘One of the Lucky Ones’ which is definitely autobiographical, even though the main character is female. That’s just how it came out. Maybe I didn’t want to share that, but I guess I just did,” he laughs.
In support of Depression River‘s release stateside, Leeroy will be touring the USA extensively with Alaska’s Matt Hopper. Upcoming dates below with more shows to be announced.
01.02 Vancouver, BC – The Gallery Lounge
02.02 Victorio, BC – Lucky Bar
03.02 Galiano, BC – Grand Central Emporium
04.02 Seattle, WA – High Dive
05.02 Portland, OR – Imbibe
06.02 Redding, CA – Billy Bombay’s
07.02 Sacremento, CA – Marilyn’s on K
09.02 Yosemite, CA – The Loft
12.02 Oklahoma City, OK – Blue Note
14.02 St. Louis, MO – The Red Sea
22.02 Memphis, TN – International Folk Alliance
28.02 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
01.03 Chicago, IL – The Hideout
05-06.03 Toronto, ON – The Cameron House
07.03 Montreal, PQ – The Tap Room
08.03 Wakefield, ON – The Blacksheep
14.03 New York, NY – Pianos
15-17.03 Austin, TX – SXSW
30.03 Lakeland, FL – Lillian’s
02.04 Orlando, FL – The Lodge
09.04 Austin, TX – Room 710
19.04 Prescott, AZ – Raven Cafe
20.04 Flagstaff, AZ – Flagstaff Brewing Co.
26.04 Lake Forest, CA – Gypsy Lounge
05.05 Portland, OR – The Laurelthirst