Cookin’ in the Sun

The Fringe Rock song of the summer!

Cookin’ in the Sun

This song is one of those that just wrote itself. I wrote it one evening in January 2022, in between working on tracks for my first full-on debut album. It was cold and dark and I was daydreaming about the summer to come.

I was remembering my wedding and honeymoon in Las Vegas and how I’d ended up with a swollen face because I’d spent too long sunbathing around the pool at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. This was two days before my wedding but that’s a story for another time! It was ferociously hot and I felt my skin literally cooking in the sun.

I started writing the lyrics taking in cues from this memory and merging them with a satirical poke at the favourite pastime of us Brits to complain about the weather, no matter what the weather is doing. We’re never satisfied, it’s either too cold, too wet or in this case, too hot!

The music is written around the bass line. Something that I have decided I should do a lot more of as I am predominantly a bass guitarist!

The drums are a simple program that I put together using BDF2 (I’m recording on a PC from 2008 running Cubase 4 Essential remember). I remember trying to be a bit too flash and ‘realistic’ sounding when I was recording Condor Leader and I was never really satisfied with the results. I decided that if it wasn’t to be real drums then I shouldn’t try to hide the fact that this is a drum program, created by me, a non-drummer.

I recorded the track in between working on other music during January 2022, putting the final touches on it in February 2022. It’s my first attempt at producing, mixing and mastering a finished song entirely myself (that wasn’t intended as a demo).

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*I’m not a fan of ReverbNation and I rarely update it with new music as I don’t believe it represents value for money (not least you can’t upload anything larger than 8mb without a pro account). If enough people actively engage with me on that platform I might reconsider my stance on the platform.

Cookin’ in the Sun (Radio Edit)

This Fringe Rock Song Will Have You Dancin’ In Your Speedos! – New Music Friday

New Single, Cookin’ in the Sun – Out Now!

13th May 2022

Cookin’ in the Sun” is available on all major platforms.

Hey! My brand new single, Cookin’ in the Sun is out today! I had so much fun writing, recording and producing this track. In true Fringe Rock, DIY fashion I did everything on this release myself. Everything to do with the music right through to the artwork was done by my own hands.

I even made my directorial debut when making the music video. I mean, technically I suppose every music video I’ve produced was directed by myself but this is the first one where I was directing other people. Speaking of whom, a huge thank you to the great sports that gave up their Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon to be filmed doing crazy things in front of a camera.

So here’s a big shout out to Jason for letting us film in the upstairs function room at Ye Olde Salutation Inn, Nottingham. Of course, I need to acknowledge “the girls” Lisa, Celina and Gemma. Adi and Ali for the shots they took on holiday and Gill for taking some awesome stills.

Here’s the video, which will premiere at 8pm GMT, so if it’s not there yet you can click to set a reminder and be one of the first to see it!

The song is me riffing on a story of how I ended up with major sunburn and a swollen face on my wedding day. It’s also a farcical take on how we Brits are never satisfied with the weather. It’s either too cold, too wet or too hot! There is also a subtle nod to the fact that we’re finally seeing the negative effects of climate change in action. I mean, you’d be a blithering idiot not to recognise what’s going on in the world but I’ve already hit that subject matter pretty hard in the past. Twice in fact; with This Burning Town and Four Horsemen from The Attic Transmission. Songs that I wrote way back in the 00s. Will we ever learn?

Anyway, if you want to hear more about the story behind this song I’ll be going into more detail in a later post. To make sure you never miss a post, enter your email below and subscribe. Posts will be sent direct to your inbox and I’ll never sell off your info or spam you. I hate spam, it’s not effective and it’s very annoying so I’d never do that to you either!

In the meantime why not give the song a listen on your streaming service of choice. If you like it then I’d sure appreciate if you’d save it or even add it to one of your playlists? Maybe even download it FOR FREE on my Bandcamp page, so that you can keep it forever?

Regardless, thank you for supporting independent music and have a great weekend!

Dazzle Rebel

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Man Up! – New Music Friday

About a month ago I was involved in an interesting music project that targets toxic masculinity. Although the part I played was very small, the message is an important one.

At the beginning of April, I took my first trip to a proper music studio in over a decade. I was already a little nervous and thinking back to how long it had been since I was in a pro studio didn’t make my anxiety any easier.

Luckily the project was for Confyde, the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Martin Jackson, who just happens to be a really nice guy. Labyrinth studios, where the session was being held is run by a couple of really nice guys too, so my nerves were quickly eased.

My task for the day was to sing with a group of other guys who had been recruited for the same goal; to create an epic vocal crescendo for the end of Confyde’s new single “Man Down”. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to sing in a group like that. In fact, even though I’ve sung in professional studios before, I’d not sung in a group like that since I was at school back in the 90s!

I won’t go into the process any further, that would be for Martin to divulge if he’s so inclined. What I will do is introduce to you my New Music Friday pick of the week, which (drum roll please) is of course Man Down by Confyde.

Wow, what an epic track! I am so pleased to have been part of it, even if it was a very small part indeed. The song is out today (May 6th) on all major platforms but I’d head over to Confyde’s Bandcamp page and buy the digital download first.

My second track featured this week is this raucous number from The City Kids, It Should Have Been You. The music video can be found below but it won’t be available on Spotify until 13th May.

The track is from their upcoming album “Filth” and shows that their songwriting confidence is growing. Frontman JJ is also growing in confidence as a singer and it really shows on this track. It must also be mentioned that, as a bass player myself, I fully endorse Berty’s crunchy outro riff.

Finally, the wonderful Aussie group The Chats dropped this glorious 2-minute Pub-Punk ode to a classic muscle car. I love this band’s enthusiasm and spirit. They’ve got no fucks to give and there’s a lot to be said for that kind of attitude.

The tracks featured have been added to my Fringe Rock playlist (below). Why not give it a listen (save and share if you enjoy it) and then add these tracks to one of your own playlists? Every such action goes towards these artists being picked up by the Spotify algorithm so they reach more people.

That’s all for New Music Friday this week. Next week, well next week I’ll be banging my own drum as I bring you my new single “Cookin’ in the Sun” – (Which you can pre-save here)!

Please have an awesome weekend!

Dazzle Rebel

New Single: Cookin’ in the Sun, coming 13th May!

PRESS RELEASE

29th April 2022

Dazzle Rebel announces a brand new summer single that will have you sizzling in your speedos!

Cookin’ in the Sun” releases on all major platforms on 13th May 2022.

Fringe Rock songsmith Dazzle Rebel strikes a match and turns the hob up to nuclear fusion with his latest, irreverent post-punk rocker. If you’re looking for even more heat this summer, simply put on this track for an instant blast of feelgood radiation. You’ll be dancing around in your speedos and like it’s 1994.

Riffing on a story of how he ended up with major sunburn and a swollen face for his wedding day, Dazzle Rebel brings his quirky A-game for his summer Post-Punk smash n’ grab, Cookin’ in the Sun. With a grumbling of 80s New Wave angst and a healthy dose of 90s feel-good Alt-Rock sunshine, the main melody is indicative of those halcyon days of youthful abandon. Meanwhile, the lyrics paint a fun tale of spending too long in the sunshine and suffering for it. Cookin’ in the Sun is a fun Post-Punk/Alt-Rock sunkissed romp that grabs your attention with a catchy hook and a 2-minute runtime.

Cookin’ in the Sun will be released on all major platforms on Friday 13th May 2022. There will be two versions, the standard version with explicit lyrics and the Radio Edit that includes a karaoke version as a B-Side!

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I recorded this song in one night on New Years Eve!

New Single, Condor (Acoustic Version) out now!

It was knocking on 7pm on New Year’s Eve, 2021 and I was bored. I had made the decision to not go out and celebrate but I was already getting tired of the overhype on the TV. So, I decided to spend my time productively and re-record the lead track from my mini-album, Condor Leader as an acoustic track. I didn’t think that it turned out too bad, so I decided to release it as a single and it’s out on all major platforms today!

As it’s my birthday week, I’ve also dropped the track onto my Bandcamp where you can download it for FREE!

Condor (Acoustic Version) cover art

I’ve also launched a new collection of apparel to celebrate the release. This collection will only be available for 6 months, so if you want to grab a limited edition t-shirt now is the time to do it!

Condor (Acoustic Version) limited edition collection apparel

Record Label SOS

Sony announced that the “On Air – On Sale” system where songs were available to buy as soon as they were released for airplay isn’t working. If like me you’re old enough to remember having to wait weeks for a single to be released instead of just logging on to a file-sharing server and downloading it for free may see this as even more proof that record labels are indeed an endangered species. Anyone born before the 1990’s will remember how institutional record labels were. It was simple; to make a record you needed a record label, ideally a major one. Continue reading “Record Label SOS”

New Site!

Well, I thought it was about time to start a website and here it is. The old blog just wasn’t quite up to scratch and a move to WordPress has been on the cards for a while.

You’ll also notice that I’ve changed my name back to Dazzle Rebel! Well if you hadn’t noticed I’d put my whole solo music projects on hold when I joined New Generation Superstars. When I joined New Gen, they asked me why I wasn’t working under the Dazzle Rebel stage name anymore. I didn’t really have a good answer so I decided to bring Dazzle Rebel back! Daz Vibrafly didn’t really sit well with me anyway and I suppose I just wanted to distance myself from my time in Red Star Rebels.

Anyway, I am Dazzle Rebel and I’m back!

In the words of The Carpenters it’s “only just begun” but check back soon because there will be much more content over the coming weeks.

Dazzle Rebel

DIY Musician * Fringe Rock * No Record Deals!