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Captains of the storm by Jack Tasker

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What an amazing weekend! We played two incredible shows, headlining Friday night in Birmingham and then an opening slot at The Underground on Saturday night. Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and came out on some very wet and cold nights. 

The running project that Gary and JT have started was meant to have its first chapter completed on Sunday morning, but due to the rubbish weather the Stafford Half Marathon has been pushed back to April. However, we did manage to record some documentary interviews that will form the backbone of the film about running and being in a band. 

We are back live on May 1 at The Glebe, Stoke and then Lymelight Festival a few days later. We're starting work on our next batch of songs, with a view to release a single in the next couple of months.

DCMI x  

Surviving Storm Ishmael by Jack Tasker

Photo credit - Laura Ellement

Photo credit - Laura Ellement

The band were an emotional wreck on Friday. We had members stranded on the mean streets of Kings Heath, others carrying all their gear on the train and a saviour in the very likely shape of Adrian Tasker who battled the elements to get two of the band to Congelton Unplugged. Our gig for the festival was great, a tight blast through two 45 minute sets of our acoustic tunes. 

Stressful start aside this weekend was a high point for the band. Throughout Saturday we wrote and demo'd new material - including the blistering 'Blood is Thicker', which will be released as single in the coming months. In the evening we played a packed show at the Market Vaults, with support from the king of Stoke-on-Trent Merrym'n

Saturday's gig was amazing and we're really thankful for all those who braved the rubbish weather to come and listen to us. We hope you enjoyed it? 

Next stop is a headline slot in Birmingham on Friday 16 March at the Victoria (TICKETS) and then the day after we're at The Underground in Stoke (TICKETS).

Come down to either of these if you can. 

DCMI x

A Sleeping Whale Wakes by Jack Tasker

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Ishmael is slumbering at the moment, getting ready to surface in the coming months. We've started recording new ideas, talking about our annual Christmas EP and some creative ideas for music making in 2018.  

The only bad part of being in a band comprised of people who are all in about five other bands means there are periods when we all have to go off and work on our other projects. More often then not with each other. We thought we'd let you know what everyone is up to. 

Gary is working hard on his folk roots project, Wilcox:Hulse, with long term collaborator Phil Hulse, they put out a single today from their new album, listen to it on DROMA's Bandcamp pageRob has released the third TMC single this year, prolific work from the indie pop masters, make sure you listen to 'End of the World.' Matt has been appearing across a lot of releases, but his stunning work on the Wilcox:Hulse album deserves a special mention, get All Change now, you won't regret it. Sophie has, like Matt, been playing on everything but a real shout out should be directed at her stunning work on TASKRZ's latest releases that dropped in early August, download both of them pronto. Last but not least, Jack has been the shadowy figure behind all of these projects, he recently did a long form interview with E MAJOR blog, where he went to great lengths to explain all the different musical projects he's got his finger in.

We'll be back on the road in December when we appear at The Glebe in Stoke, then a month later at The Swan Inn in Stone. You'll hear from that prior to that as the whale wakes. 

Speak soon, 
DCMI x 

Start as you mean to go on by Jack Tasker

We started this year off with some serious graft - nailing album number two firmly to the ground. 

After a marathon session this weekend we have nearly completed the entire recording process for our second full length album. No details yet on its name or running order, but we can say with confidence that it'll be released in late spring.

We're very excited to get it into your hands and ears, given how much you all liked the Provincial Athlete Throws a Race (which, yes, will be included on the record.) 

See you soon, 

The Crew of the Good Ship Ishmael

 

 

End of year note and confirmed for Congleton Unplugged 2017 by Jack Tasker

Our year is over now, we're heading back to shore to tidy up the good ship Ishmael. We've had a fantastic year touring Underdog Songs across the country and working on its currently untitled follow up - due for release in early 2017. Thank you to everyone who came out to show, bought a CD or streamed our tracks. 

Early January will see us wrapping up the new album, recording the final bits of instrumentation and vocals. No exact date on the release of the album, but it won't take us long.  

We're excited to announce that we're playing at Congleton Unplugged 2017. Our slot is Friday 3 March at the Bear Town Tap.

Two final things..

Did you enjoy our single - The Provincial Athlete Throws a Race? Buy it here

Did you enjoy our Christmas E.P - A Ruff Christmas? Buy it here

See you next year, 

DCMI