After ‘Shadowcast’ came ‘Let it Storm’ & with it a glimpse into the future of the bands sound and scope. Nightshift Magazine called it ‘Epic’, though were thrown a curveball by the video which was the brainchild of multi-talented bassist Ryan C. Quarterman and The August List. The song is about survival, defiance in the face of adversity and clinging to your loved ones for dear life.
I wrote it at a time when I was still afraid to commit, to settle and give up the road yet desperately wanted something else & knew I had to change. The video represents many levels of journey for me, perhaps most strongly the moment that I knew that change was due, The storm on the side of Mount Fuji when the bear came for me and I knew the long solitary wanderings into deep nature had become futile, with all to lose and nothing more to gain. LET IT STORM!
Continuing our journey towards the album launch here is a retrospective look at the first single ‘Shadowcast’ & its accompanying video.
This was a song that came together one dark evening in the spring of 2017. I was living in an old thatched cottage in rural Wiltshire, the fire was stoked & Garry was sitting in the armchair playing a beautiful piece on the resonator guitar. The lyrics came as I listened and I was grateful as ever to put my life into music and leave a piece of it there. It still isn’t a story I can share now outside of the song, the shadows mostly kept at bay by drawing family close, many quiet miles in the mountains and trying to stay present. I think a rolling stone can learn to gather moss & still keep moving in the end.
In the run-up to the album launch we’ll be sharing some of the songs and the stories behind them. Today ‘Kind Woman Highway Blues’ & the ride that wasn’t to be..
Melbourne. Christmas 2010. England have just trounced Australia in the Boxing day test match, cricket has drawn me over Bass Strait from Tasmania, leaving the rural hippy dream for city lights and national pride, Andrew Strauss’s Barmy Army revelling in overseas Ashes success for the first time in 24 years and I am fortunate enough to witness it. The last test in Sydney starts in a few days, I have tickets but no ticket to ride. The journey up the coast is over 500 miles, too late for plane tickets and too late for greyhound bus tickets it turns out. I search backpacker forums in hope of a lift share and am amazed to find one on offer from a Dutch girl, Vanessa, leaving first thing the next day. We email and agree a meeting point in the city, I’m already seeing the journey in my mind and embellishing the folklore around it. Wondering ‘what will she look like, how will we get on, where will it lead??’
Drinking in the city goes late, I farewell friends staying on the other side of town and hike back to the hostel, satisfied that Sydney is solved and I’ll be taking turns at the wheel tomorrow. As I’m lying in my narrow bunk a text lands in the darkness and pulls me from the brink of sleep, Its Vanessa, her van has broken down. The trip is off. Sydney distant and shimmering across the void I fall into fitful sleep defeated.
Morning dawns and I have two days to complete the journey before the Test match begins, I check out early and walk to the bus station to make enquiries, but no, there are still no tickets. Train station. No tickets all the way to Sydney, but a hop out of the city on a local line will offer access to the inland highways and whatever lifts might wait. Mid-afternoon I’m crouching under a bush at the edge of a non-descript town somewhere in rural Victoria, heat searing, already weary on the road when I get her text. ‘Hi David, the van is fixed! Did you still need a ride?’ I pocket the phone in disgust. Not this time Vanessa…
We are pleased to announce that our second LP is released next month! It features 11 tracks recorded over the last couple of years at Strawhouse studio Oxfordshire with Richard Neuberg once again producing. The title is a nod to Tasmania, Apple Isle being one of its nicknames, where the bulk of the stories centre in this collection. If ‘Tales from Tallows’ was a reflection of it’s ties to Byron Bay and Bondi Beach in its sonically hazy summer tinged Country reveries then ‘Trials of the Apple Isle’ is a reflection of Tasmania’s colder and wilder landscape.
The show at the Isis Farmhouse on Saturday February 29 th will be a celebration of all the hard work and creativity that the band have put in to this record and another marker for what is yet to come. We look forward to seeing and sharing the end of this journey with as many folk as possible!