In the Meet The Band spotlight this week is the Canadian psychedelic heavy rock trio Tumble. Their debut EP Lady Cadaver, produced by the legendary Ian Blurton, was recently released. Guitarist/vocalist Liam Deak introduces us to his band.
Chad Bowar: Give us a brief history of Tumble.
Liam Deak: Tumble formed in early 2022, when we began cutting our teeth in Toronto’s open mic circuit and then quickly started playing shows. In October 2022 we replaced our drummer, resulting in the current lineup of Will Adams on drums, Tarun Dawar on bass, and myself on guitar/vocals. In January 2023 we got in the studio with producer/musician Ian Blurton and recorded our first EP, Lady Cadaver.
Describe the songwriting process for Lady Cadaver.
The title track was written rather quickly. We just started jamming out on the main riff which formed the verse before working out the chorus and adding the bridge. Then it was just a matter of adding lyrics, which came to me while out on a walk one night with the song stuck in my head. “The Plague” on the other hand wrote itself in a matter of minutes. I came into our jam space with the riff and the other dudes just picked up on it right away. All the changes throughout the song came naturally, and it pretty much wrote itself.
How did you come to work with producer Ian Blurton, and how was the experience?
We came to work with Ian after reaching out to him personally. We were already on his radar thanks to a few mutual friends in the music scene, and he was more than happy to work with us. It was an incredible experience recording at his studio (ProGold), and he was super fun to work with. We shared the same work flow and he totally understood the sound and vibe we were going for, so it was the perfect match.
What will be your strongest memory of the recording of the album?
All of it. We recorded the whole EP in one day and it was my first time recording in a studio, so the entire experience will be a lasting memory.
How would you characterize its style/genre?
Rock and Roll.
What lyrical topics do you cover?
With this release we cover the lyrical topics of paranoia, drug use, and evil spirits.
What are your goals and expectations for the EP?
I’d like to have the EP pressed to vinyl. We don’t have any plans at the moment to press it, but hopefully we manage to make it happen soon.
Do you have plans to record a full-length?
For sure! We have lots of songs we’re ready to record, and we plan to get back in the studio sometime later this year.
What has been your most memorable Tumble live show?
Our very first show at Lee’s Palace on June 15th, 2022.
What are your upcoming show/tour plans?
We have a handful of other shows before we head on tour this summer with Occult Witches, which will take us between Quebec and Ontario.
How did you get started in music?
I started playing the piano when I was six years old and carried that out for several years, and then got my first acoustic guitar when I turned twelve.
Who were your early influences and inspirations?
Really early on it was The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson among others.
What was the first rock/metal concert you attended?
Bon Jovi… Also the first time I was offered a joint. Ha!
What are some of your non-musical hobbies and interests?
Reading, writing, skateboarding, riding my bike and getting out in nature.
What’s currently in your heavy musical rotation?
It’s always rotating… right now it’s Danava, Flower Travellin’ Band, Truth & Janey, Sir Lord Baltimore, Fuzzy Duck.
Anything else you’d like to mention or promote?
Lady Cadaver is out now! Play it LOUD.
(interview published May 20, 2023)