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).
*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.
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!
Can you believe that it’s new music Friday again already? Where does the time go? This time last week I was talking to you about Bandcamp Friday and me releasing the video for Blood Red Valentine. Was that really one week ago?
This week I have another video from my latest release, Condor Leader. This one is a lyric video for track 4, Swan Song.
This is the radio friendly version. If you’d like to see the EXPLICIT cut, then you’ll need to click the link below and sign in to YouTube. For anyone who doesn’t like my favourite swearword beginning with the letter ‘c’, then I recommend not listening to this version!
I’d like to end by giving a shout out to everyone going to (and is already at) Bloodstock. I hope you have a brilliant weekend and come back safe and properly rocked out. If you come home feeling like a million dollars with the energy of Zeberdee, then you’ve done the weekend totally wrong!
If like myself, you’re not at Bloodstock this weekend. Then have a fantastic weekend all the same.
My latest release, Condor Leader has taken flight!
Today is the day! Condor Leader, my 6 track LP is out on general release. I am so happy to be sharing this music with you. Recording during lockdown has been difficult. Recording with a 13 year old computer running obsolete software has been difficult, too! And yet, here we are on Friday 23rd July 2021 and I’m releasing a record.
It’s a record with kudos too! I am thrilled that Planet Mosh gave it 5 stars. Five stars! That was beyond my wildest dreams. Thank you.
A massive thank you to everyone who has already pre-ordered Condor Leader through my Bandcamp page. The digital download will be available for the foreseeable future but, there’s only 100 of the Limited Edition signed CDs and they’re already half gone! If you want one, then you’d better be quick!
To celebrate the release, here’s a music video for Whisky Man that I made at home (yes, at home with a cheap-ass green screen). Lyric videos for the other tracks will follow in the coming weeks but for now, here’s the official Whisky Man music video!
My latest release, Condor Leader takes flight one week today!
A massive thank you to everyone who has already pre-ordered my 5-star release through my Bandcamp page. The digital download will be available for the foreseeable future but, there’s only 100 of the Limited Edition signed CDs and they’re already half gone! If you want one, then you’d better be quick!
The countdown is on. Three weeks today Condor Leader, my upcoming mini-album that PlanetMosh gave 5-stars, will be released!
I’m getting rather excited about it. Can you tell? The glowing feedback that I’ve received so far has really got me buzzing. I can’t believe that this little album that I recorded on a 13 year-old computer, running obsolete software has been so well received by critics.
It’s a testament to the fact that anyone can make good music from their own bedroom, without having the huge overheads of recording in a studio. If I can do it, then so can you too!
If you’d like to hear what all the fuss is about, then you can listen to the lead track “Whisky Man” now on my Bandcamp page. You’ll also be able to pre-order it for £5 from here too. Better still, for £10 why not bag yourself a hand-numbered, Limited Edition CD? It also comes with a digital download that will be available from the moment Condor Leader is released on 23rd July. Be quick though, as they’re already half gone!
Dazzle Rebel is not a rebel without a cause but with one due to the songwriting suss of Condor Leader.
Dennis Jarman – PlanetMosh
The first review for my upcoming release, Condor Leader is in and it’s a 5-Star review!
Dennis Jarman of PlanetMosh waxed lyrical about Condor Leader in the first review of Condor Leader. Stating that “Whisky Man has a feel good groove that flows with a cool as f**k vibe that brings to mind the Smooth era of Santana”.
His enthusiasm spills over to ‘Stop The Silence’ and then calls me out for my main influence on ‘Blood Red Valentine’ stating “‘Blood Red Valentine’ throbs on bass lines like ‘Psycho Killer”. Guilty as charged, sorry-not-sorry!
‘Swan Song’ and ‘Back Home and Sober’ get glowing praise before he rounds off the review with title track ‘Condor’, stating “the spotlight is stolen by an earworm guitar solo”. Something that I have to admit that I’m rather proud of, as I do try to make my guitar solos memorable.
‘Whiskey Man’ has a feel good groove that flows with a cool as f**k vibe that brings to mind the Smooth era of Santana.
Condor Leader is available to pre-order now from www.dazzlerebel.bandcamp.com with the digital version available for £5 and a hand-numbered, Limited Edition CD, which also comes with a digital copy for £10. It will be released on 23rd July 2021 on all major digital platforms. If you’re on Spotify you can pre-save Condor Leader now by clicking this link https://show.co/sIH7b26.
Be one of only a hundred and bag yourself one of my Limited Edition Condor Leader CDs!
There’s been a very special parcel delivered to Dazzle Rebel HQ. My first AND ONLY batch of Limited Edition Condor Leader CDs!
What’s more, they are already selling FAST! I’m so blessed to have such good friends and fans. Thank you.
If you’ve not bagged yours yet then you can pre-order now from Bandcamp where £10+pp will get you both a one of only one hundred, individually numbered and signed CD AND a digital copy all of your own (because, let’s face it, how many of us have a CD player handy these days, huh)? So, you can keep your mint, Limited Edition CD but still play the album in full.
The CD will begin shipping in time to hopefully reach you by the release date on 23rd July 2021. Don’t worry if the CD doesn’t reach you in time, as the digital version will be available for you to download on this date anyway.
If you’d prefer the digital copy only, then that is also available for just £5 from Bandcamp too. If you’d prefer to stream it on Spotify then you can pre-save it now here. The digital worldwide release for the album is 23rd July but, if you order from Bandcamp, you’ll get track 1 “Whisky Man” immediately as a thank you.
As you can see below, I have been busy with a sharpie individually numbering and signing all one hundred copies!
If you would like any special message added, please get in touch via one of my social media platforms, once you have placed your order (ideally Facebook or Instagram, as I’m more active there). I’ll do my best to accommodate your request.
I really, really appreciate your enthusiasm over this release. You really are amazing!