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David Schaak loves nothing more than great lyrics, loud guitars and old technology, and he brings these long-term loves to a vibrant life through a healthy serving of Southern Americana Rock, as evidenced by “Lost, Alone & Lonesome”, the lead single from his impressive debut LP “Meet My Ghosts”.

Whether backed by dirty guitars and swirling Hammond organ, or alone on his trusty acoustic guitar, Schaak’s tales of political greed, inequality and mental health sit, in an unnervingly comfortable way, beside the more universal truths of love, loss and loneliness.

In late 2019, David took a clutch of songs and headed into the studio with producer Lee Griffin and engineer Jason Millhouse from Recordworks (Brisbane).  All three were holding on to a strict ‘less-is-more’ policy, resisting any unnecessary layering or complexity that would hide the all-important human element.  The focus was on simplicity and performance – if they wanted a dirty guitar, then they simply turned it up – loud. 

They were joined in the studio by the talented trio of Jen Mize, Brendan McMahon (Tracy McNeil and the Goodlife, Saint Jude) and Marty Smith (Sean Sennett, Wind Up Dolls) who all brought their own particular brand of magic to the sessions.

 ‘Lost, Alone & Lonesome’ will be released June 30; available on all major digital platforms. 

David’s debut LP ‘Meet My Ghosts’, will be out late 2020.

Talking about the story behind ‘Lost, Alone & Lonesome’, Schaak says “There are a lot of songs in the world about heartbreak, but I wanted to write one from the perspective of inevitability. Sometimes a relationship can be over and the actual act of breaking up is merely a formality.  Yes, there’s going to be a fight and then sadness and then loneliness; both parties have experienced it all before and just want it over and done with.

Laced as it is with a blend of Southern Rock, Americana, Country and Rock flavours, smart songwriting and killer guitar  – ‘Lost, Alone & Lonesome’ is a strong indicator of what this Melbourne bred, Brisbane based singer-songwriter is all about.  Enjoy.

“I love it when music can boil down to the basics. Raw, gritty and full of heart this song comes from the darker reaches of the heart.”
– Nkechi Anele, Roots ‘N’ All, Triple J

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