The Bloody Mallard – Realm
A progressive and heavy psychedelic journey, ‘Realm’ moves through different tones, pace and themes, as it encourages it’s listener to explore their inner mind with a meditative state of reflection.
With the songs locked down, Tom enlisted the production skills from Jarred Hearman (Katy B, Wretch 32, Mammal, John Butler Trio, The Prodigy, Slipknot) who soundboarded the ideas. They started to collaborate on the aural tones and worked on bringing a sound that was more ‘rural’, than your typical guitar-heavy prog sound.
Drummer, Jake Bradford-Sharp, and bassist Raihan Rubin, we brought in to complete and fill some spaces with their textures, and the album was recorded at Konk and City Sounds Studios and The Gin Factory.
“Recording ‘Realm’ was a unique experience,” Tom explains. “ There were a number of things pushing against us all including bereavements, family in hospital and even change of bassist… But the biggest constraint was time. The songs are ambitious and no one wanted to take short cuts. But every input was different. Jake was allowed ‘off the leash’ with his drumming and gave different versions on every take. Whereas the bass and guitars were performed more specifically. It was really about trying to find that blend to sound organic and free, but also coherent and together.”
Despite the coronavirus public lockdowns, the band are planning shows and investigating other ways that they can bring the live experience to listeners. They passionately believe these are songs meant to be experienced live. They have just been announced on the line up of HRH Prog XI, in Leeds 2021.
The album ‘Realm’ is available on 12” blood-red vinyl. T-shirt bundles are available on a variety of colours.