My dear fellows,
The earnest amongst you may be aware that on October 11th, the band and I had planned to release the third Marmaduke Dando album, entitled “Where the Wasteland Ends”, at our favourite London venue, Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston.
Well, there have been some developments in my personal life recently that will mean that there will be some change to these plans. Some of you may know that I have recently become a husband and a father. On top of that, it has always been a dream of mine to find some land and some peace and to live out some of the ideas that feature within my songs. And so my little family will be taking the plunge in the next few months to leave London and set up in the Canary Islands.
As a consequence of this, Saturday October 11th at Servant Jazz Quarters will be the last full band Marmaduke Dando gig for quite some time. I’m not going to say we’re splitting up, that’s too final and not accurate. Let’s just say we’re putting the live band on ice for the time being. I will still be writing songs no doubt, but for now my attentions must be diverted away from my egoist musical fantasies.
With all the preparations that need to happen in the run up to this departure, I will also give myself some extra time to finish the album. This means we will not be releasing it at that gig. Instead, we will release a 3rd single, perhaps most fitting, ‘Love My Country Hate My State‘. The album will be out a few months later.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has come to see us do our thing at the live shows over the years. It is always heartening to see your faces in the crowd, your lips moving to the words, your swaying torsos, your glasses raised. It’s what has compelled us for so long, so thank you sincerely for making fond memories with us.
If you can make it down on Saturday October 11th to say a farewell, here are the event details. It would be grand to press palms for the finale.
I’ll drink to that?