After a year of work, our debut EP is finally here!
5 songs of pure synthy goodness, straight out of an 80s LA-noir flick. All of the music was written and produced by my bandmate and founder of Decade Defector, Nate VanBuskirk. Engineer by day, synthwave maestro by night. I did all of the vocal tracks and just a teensy bit of production in the way of “maybe do this part a little different,” or “what if we did this…” but make no mistake, this EP is Nate’s baby.
I had so much fun writing and recording the vocals, because I felt like I had more freedom to experiment than with acoustic or folk stuff. Nate has been really cool about giving me a direction, such as a “car chase” etc and then just letting me run with it. I was able to play around with layering, harmonies and echos, all kinds of neat stuff like that. I was also able to write some really dark lyrics which we both felt compliment the overall theme of the EP quite well.
“Tom Edwards and Nate VanBuskirk are onto something here and it’s beyond what is going on in the scene as a whole. Top shelf stuff.”
A couple of months ago, Nate was approached by TimeSlave Recordings and Decade Defector officially became a signed artist!
Then, after completing the last bit of recording for the Renegade EP a month ago, Nate asked me to come on as full-time vocalist and co-producer at Decade Defector. I immediately said YES.
Now, finally, the Renegade EP is here! It’s available from Bandcamp, or on iTunes, Spotify, anywhere music is sold really. The label is also doing a limited edition run of 20 cassette tapes!
What’s next for Decade Defector?
Because we apparently hate ourselves, we’re currently working to release a special Halloween EP even though we’re still balls-deep in getting the newly released Renegade EP out there aside from our full-time jobs. The Halloween EP will feature four synthwave covers of Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields’ old band, Dead Man’s Bones, a creepy and morbid take on 50s and 60s doo-wop.
The release date for Dead Man’s Decade Defector is slated for Friday, October 13th. SpOoOoKy!