Tarraska are a new rock band from the south coast of England. The core of the band gigged acoustically from 2014 and steadily wrote and played their original material. This included hundreds of performances at a multitude of venues and a major festival appearance.
As they started recording this material, the tracks demanded a heavier sound and TARRASKA was born.
‘Trailblazer’, their first single was released on all digital formats on May 6 th 2020. In its first four months of release, ‘Trailblazer’ has had over one hundred radio airplays in the U.K., U.S., Canada, Spain and beyond, been on TV and has had an organic reach of over 60k in 50+ countries, with positive reviews.
‘Trailblazer’ was written by Jack Lande and Ben Parker of Tarraska. It was recorded and mixed at Absolute Studios and GMMix both in Bournemouth by Gareth Matthews and produced by Gareth Matthews and TARRASKA. Mastering was completed by Grant Berry at Fader Mastering, Manchester.
Appearing on the track are Jack Lande (all vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar), Ben Parker (lead guitar, rhythm guitar and bass guitar) and Shaun Brown (drums).
‘Trailblazer’ draws inspiration from a wide range of musically disparate sources, resulting in a classic hard rock sound that, hopefully, is also listenable. The lyrics detail the struggles of a trailblazer who is outcast and looked down upon for their unorthodoxy, loosely based on the life of Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister.
‘Trailblazer’ encapsulates Tarraska’s identity and best represents the sound of the album to come.
Tarraska’s plan was to independently release a series of singles, followed by a debut album, but COVID lockdown has hampered that process. ‘Trailblazer’ was recorded pre-lockdown and then mixed, mastered and released during the initial pandemic. The recording of the subsequent tracks had to be put on hold until August 2020.
Tarraska are finally now back in the studio, currently putting the final touches to their subsequent single, ‘Renegade’.