We’ve long been fans of Boston glam heroes the Daily Pravda, a veteran band that has not only provided a steady stream of arena-rock sized nouveau-pop singles over the years, but has played both Vanyaland Halloween shows (last year as Lana Del Rey, and last month performing the Trainspotting soundtrack).
As Pravda continue to churn out guitar-mad tracks, like this summer’s slide-away emotional ooze titled “Take It”, frontman David Jackel has quietly worked on some solo material. Today, his first proper single has surfaced, and “Time Keeps Slipping Away” is a slick, ’60s groove machine that flutters like some of the best crop of current UK pop-psychedelica.
And the song’s title summarizes why the time is now for some solo material, Jackel says.
“The guys in Pravda are amazing creative partners and my closest friends, and I hope to continue writing songs with them for years to come,” he tells Vanyaland. “I’m releasing additional music as a solo artist because I want to complete the songs that weren’t destined for Pravda, explore concepts that don’t work in a band format, and also pursue ideas that might otherwise get shut down in committee.”
Jackel describes the rest of his upcoming solo work to include homages to Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, sounds that flirt with indie-dance, and other twirls that echo Brian Jones-era Rolling Stones, Porno for Pyros, and Slowdive. “I want to risk possibly releasing some truly awful music, without the fear of taking down a perfectly good band with me,” Jackel says. “Now I can finally finish that song about the first show I remember attending: 1986, Razz-Ma-Tazz in South Amboy, an animatronic rockabilly trio of giant rats in Elvis suits.”