JT solo track 'Roger Deakin' out 5 July

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On Friday July 5 2019 I’m going to be releasing my first solo track. It’s called Roger Deakin and is written about the writer, swimmer and activist. Before I jump into why I am releasing a song about him there are three quick points to make.

Firstly, it’s not really a solo track as such. It features Laura Ellement singing on the choruses and Tom Downes drumming, both play in Don’t Call Me Ishmael and TASKRZ. Secondly, it has already been released in a very rough demo form for 2018’s 52 Reasons project. However, this version sounds so much better than that one, it’s basically a new song. Thirdly, why do a solo track anyway? I wasn’t convinced of doing something solo myself and was all set to release this as a TASKRZ track sans-Sophie, but she convinced me that it was different enough in style to warrant a solo release. 

I first came across Roger Deakin when I was 19, I read his book Wildwood and was captivated by his writing style and love of the natural world. A few years later I read Waterlog and completely mesmerised by the narrative of Roger traipsing around the UK, swimming in the wild waters and meeting a whole host of interesting aquatic characters. 

I really hope you like the song. It will only be a digital release, found on streaming services and the DROMA Bandcamp. I’m planning to do some more solo stuff throughout 2019. There are four or five ideas that are ready to be mixed, then there are another six ideas that could be worked up quickly. We’ll see - I’m in no great rush to put solo stuff out and there’s DCMI songs on the horizon. The song was mixed and mastered by the gifted Tom Bath at UTC Studios in Stoke. 

Jack x

JT on Brum Radio to play some songs

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I’m going to be appearing on Brum Radio on Wednesday 30 Jan from 19:00 - 20:00 to play some tracks from my recent 52 Reasons recording project and I’ll play a Don’t Call Me Ishmael track in light of our upcoming third album.

The show is Shebeats Meets. There’ll be some tunes and waffle. I’m excited for it. You can listen online using the link below.

Brum Radio - https://www.brumradio.com/

Thanks
JT x

A note from the chief - JT Blog #1

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The last track in our re-release project, Pleasure Point, comes out on Friday, complete with a dramatic re-working of out surf-anthem Leroy. Head over to the DROMA Bandcamp page to listen to Leroy and pre-order the single.

Thanks to everyone who has supported, shared and cared about the re-release project we've embarked on. For me it was plain and simple why we had to do; many of these songs have changed dramatically over the years and the album versions just didn't reflect what we were doing with them live. I think maybe Pleasure Point is the one with the least change in it, although you have to remember Laura wasn't on the original version of that. However, the re-worked b-side Leroy is just mega, so more than makes up for it. 

What about new stuff? Well we have two solid tunes half way through the recording process and then a further three or four ideas in the song bucket. I've said in a lot of the blog or radio interviews that we've done lately the idea of doing another full length TASKRZ album anytime soon is just something I'm terrified by. Wolf Party just about obliterated us mentally, I think we'd rather do EPs, singles and smaller releases for now. 

Get onto that PP re-release! Enjoy. 

JT x