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Don’t Call Me Ishmael


Don’t Call Me Ishmael

About the Summer EP:

The first in a series of four EPs being released with each season, finishing in Spring 2021. Twenty-four new songs will be released in batches of six, with the tone of each EP reflecting the time of year.

The Summer EP leaps from afro-beat pop stomper ‘Prague by Night’, to the reflective and psychedelic tinged ‘Wolves Beware!’, taking in beats of motown (‘Letters’) and garage-rock (‘Vegan Love Song’) along the way. Tight harmonies from the band’s four singers create a warm sound to complement the song’s intricate arrangements and fast-paced guitar playing.
This EP will be followed by the Autumn EP in October 2020.

 

About the band:

Six months is a long time in the life of Don’t Call Me Ishmael. Since the release of the overboard E.P in October 2019, the band have slimmed down to a five-piece, written and demoed two albums worth of songs and continued to evolve their musical sound.

Building on the positive reception to their afro-tinged single ‘Prague by Night’, the second track to be taken from the Summer EP is ‘The Night Chung Ling-Soo Died’, a heavier, guitar driven blast of harmony laden garage rock. Gary Wilcox takes lead vocal on this track, drawing lyrical inspiration from ill-fated turn-of-the-century magician Chung Ling-Soo.

Looking to build on the groundswell of new fans gained on the back of their 2019 album ‘Saint Ishmael’, they will hit the road in Autumn 2020, continuing their campaign to win hearts everywhere they go, with their exhilarating live shows.

 

More general ‘about the band’ – Don’t Call Me Ishmael:

Following on from 2019’s Saint Ishmael, the harmony driven Don’t Call Me Ishmael are releasing a fresh EP every season, with the first landing in May. Their latest single ‘Prague by Night’ (released April 24) eschews angular riffs for a smoother afro-tinged driving sound reminiscent of Graceland-era Paul Simon or Vampire Weekend. Taken from their forthcoming ‘Summer’ E.P, it is the first of the band’s singles to feature drummer Sophie Bret Tasker taking the lead vocal. The new material will further showcase their eclectic sound and the four lead vocalists within the band.

 

Don’t Call Me Ishmael are:

Sophie Bret Tasker (Vocals and Drums)
Gary Wilcox (Vocals and Ukeitar)
Jack Tasker (Vocals and Guitars)
Laura Ellement (Vocals, Keys and Violin)
Tom Downes (Bass and Drums)

Don’t Call Me Ishmael – Prague By Night

Don’t Call Me Ishmael – Ninth Life (Live from Lockdown)

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