I was 15 years old when I first became aware of The Taskers. At that point, there was only two of them and I didn’t even know their names. The lead singer, Jack, wore wellies with shorts (indoors) whilst the drummer, Sophie, sat quietly at the back behind her drum kit. Little did I know, only a few years later, I’d be writing about their music, reviewing their gigs and supporting them at shows.
If I had to use one word to describe The Taskers, it would be dedicated. In the five years that the band have been together, they’ve released eight full-length albums, a huge number of EP, single and soundtrack releases and have played hundreds of shows all around the UK. They’ve gone from a lineup of two, to five and now to three talented musicians through the addition of Laura Ellement, whilst their sound has grown and morphed with them. And if that doesn’t demonstrate their dedication, they’ve remained just as as passionate and as serious about their sound as they were back in 2012.
Their brand new release ‘Five Years Of Fuzz’ is a celebration of their time as a band. It features re-recordings of four classic Tasker tracks, including ‘Raptors’, ‘Litas’, ‘Met The Eyes’ and ‘Mountains To The Sea’, all of which were recorded and engineered at Droma HQ by JT and mixed and mastered at UTC Studios by Tom Bath. All of these tracks can still be found on many a Tasker set list, but somehow they feel brand new. Hearing the recordings for the first time, I couldn’t help but feel something in the depths of my heart. Maybe it’s because I’ve come to know them all individually, as close friends and fellow musicians, or maybe it’s because you can hear the passion in everything they do. Their talent oozes from everything they touch, whether it be their own releases or through other musicians they’ve worked with, including TMC and Don’t Call Me Ishmael.
‘Five Years Of Fuzz’ brings all of this together and more. SBT’s powerful, emotion-filled vocals cut through each track like glass, JT’s heavy and sometimes beastly riffs blow everything up (especially in ‘Litas’) whilst Laura’s prominent violin provides each song with a little piece of something special. In the ten minutes it takes for me to listen to each track, I go through the whole spectrum emotions. It gives me goosebumps, makes tears fall from my eyes, makes me laugh but more than all of this, it makes me proud. This band, these 3.5 people (if you count stand in bass machine Rob Haubus), are everything that the local music scene is about. They love what they do and we love them for it.
And so wherever this road takes them, whatever ups or downs they may face or obstacles they come across, I know that as a musical unit The Taskers are strong. They make me want to carry on trying, even in the hardest of times. They’ve given me more joy and happiness than I could ever explain. So thank you Tasker trio, for five years of fun, five years of frolics and Five Years Of Fuzz.