Hard at Work
I have been hard at work lately on a number of projects, and I thought I'd write a post telling you what all is happening ~
First off, I'd like to thank everyone that has visited my page or listened to my single, and with endless thanks to all my fans, I received the Mighty Speck Records Single of the Year 2016 award for most song plays and profile visits. Thank you all for the support, I am so grateful for it all. There will be more music releases and performances to come very soon, but more about that later.
As you may or may not know, I've been asked to be the in house producer for Mighty Speck Records, which means I'll be recording with a bunch of really talented artists from the label. Can't tell you much more right now, except that we've got sessions booked and that singles will be available for streaming and purchase soon. Not sure if I'm supposed to tell you this - but I just produced and played drums a session with MSR artist Simon de Laat on a wicked tune of his, stay tuned *hardy har har*.
My other big news is the launch of my first duo since 65-79, a project called Karma Bros. James Kasper and I have been tossing around the idea of starting a duo for some time now. After producing and recording the Mighty Speck Records anthem "Alive" together with James at my studio, we struck up a friendship, and we both quickly realized how well we worked and produced together. From that point we immediately wanted to write some songs together. We had been throwing around band name ideas for weeks, going through name ideas like Kasper/Caspersen or Caspersen & Kasper but those felt too much like an easy way out or maybe too typical/cheesy. We had even considered more abstract names like Blooming Ginger Thomas or the Dew Mist but nothing really stuck a chord with us, so to say. Until one night, we encountered a situation - and I won't go into great detail - but we were both directly disrespected quite seriously, and we felt there was so much bad karma involved with this one situation that it was best to jump ship and watch that ship sink from very far away. That's when it hit me, I just up and said that we should be Karma Bros. Karma is everything around us. Everything we do in life, negative or positive, will come back to us at one time or another, and I think James and I both agree on that simple principle of living life.
So we had a name, we had ideas, we then had to find our sound. Both James and I are well versed in many different genres, liking plenty of genre's together in common but also enjoying a variety of genre's that differ from our common territory. One really big contributor to our sound and our initial ideas came from the Travelling Willburys, the supergroup comprised of the legends George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty. We shared a love for Willburys Vol 1, and we wanted to write a laid back but fun song for our own repertoire. We booked a night off and decided to write and record this song all in one night. We wrote 2 verses and this repeating break part, and the only part missing was a real hook or chorus and another verse. So we took a break to eat dinner, finished the last verse and started racking around ideas for the chorus. We had been listening earlier in the day to Stewart Copeland's solo tunes under his pseudonym Klark Kent, which was kinda mid-70's punk rock. So we thought with the bluesy/rocky vibe of the song that breaking it up with something of a different taste/flavour might bring this song to the next level. We started racking around short repetitive phrases which finally came to "We gotta go". We recorded the song that night, and recorded the verse vocals live off the floor together to give the verses a little extra personality and vibe. We layered on the punky We gotta goes, and I laid down a three part cascading harmony and the song was nearing completion.
The next morning we awoke and gave our new song a mixing and both of us were ecstatic to let others hear it, and we both started to think about release dates. Jokingly I had suggested releasing it that day and James came back with a good ol' "why not?" So, we did just that, set up an FB page, launched our Mighty Speck Records artist profile, and released our single "We Gotta Go (Devil and the Sweet Tea)" which is available for download now on the Mighty Speck Records bandcamp or you can get it right here on the TC website, check out the store tab for more info.
That being said, Karma Bros have already confirmed a show at Brothers in Abbotsford on April 22nd opening for fellow MSR artists Gas Covered Planet and Herokah. If you're in the area and you want to come see us play (or if you have a friend that you want to share this with that is nearby), check out the event page on FB.
I am still hard at work on my debut solo album After All These Years which I am happy to say is in the final stages as of right now, and it is set for release within the next month. A second single, after Stick it Out (You'll Be Okay), will be released 2 weeks before the albums digital release. Hint hint: Poor Man's Blues maybe?
Lots is happening on this side of town, and I'm happy to share it all with you very very very soon.
Thanks again for reading,