David J Roch to play special London show with DJ Jim Sclavunos (Grinderman/Bad Seeds)
aaamusic | On 05, Aug 2011
David J Roch is to play a rather special show at The Lock Tavern in Camden on Wednesday the 10th of August, ahead of the much anticipated release of his debut album Skin and Bones. The album, released on the the 29th of August, was produced by Jim Sclavunos of Grinderman/The Bad Seeds and so as a special treat he will be playing the role of DJ for the night.
Blessed with an astonishing voice equally agile in the soul-racked depths of sonorous baritone or soaring otherworldly soprano, David J Roch also happens to be both a songwriter of hauntingly gorgeous music and a charmingly affable performer to boot. His premiere album, Skin & Bones(on new London-based label Dram), displays all those talents and more to great effect.
In between his “day job” duties as an undertaker (!), David J Roch recorded Skin & Bones in his hometown of Sheffield at the legendary 2Fly Studios, working closely with producer Sclavunos to fashion an ambitious and startlingly mature debut album. From the haunting starkness of opening track “The Lost Child” to the opulently orchestrated thrall of “Only Love”, from the eerie medieval chamber folk of “Lonely Unfinished” to the gospel-hued synth-psychedelia of “Dew” or Skin & Bones’ stately magisterial title track, David J Roch displays an enviable scope of composition, instrumental texture, and vocal prowess — not to mention a strong predilection for the darker end of the spectrum in his lyrics.