I'm honoured to have the great James Murphy mixing the album. Since I was a teenager, I've been a fan of James playing in Testament, Obituary and Death, so having worked with him on this has had the 16-year old in me shouting strange noises at me in my head. You shan't be disappointed! Especially if you're a guitarist.
The album was produced by myself and James. It has been recorded in my home studio, 'StudiOliveR' in Huddersbottom (I moved from Huddersfield to Ramsbottom in Bury amidst recording it) and it is now in the capable hands of Mr. James Murphy; he's currently mixing it to shred-y perfection.
In the album art, I wanted to show me raking lots of people up with a rake, because that seemed to make sense at the time. It doesn't now but it's still funny. I didn't want a stock picture of me holding a guitar as if to say 'Hey guys, I'm here holding my guitar and this is my album'. I hope you enjoy, and your support on its release will be hugely appreciated."
Blog author: Alex Stojanovic
It's been over a year since Ol Drake left Evile to pursue a solo career. He recently announced the completion of his much anticipated instrumental solo album, which will be released under the name Old Rake, and has now revealed the stunning cover artwork. Mixed by legendary guitar virtuoso James Murphy (Testament, Death, Obituary), the album will be released through Earache Records in early 2015.
Ol has posted a statement regarding the album: "Finally, I can reveal the artwork I've had for the 14 months I've spent finding my feet, laughing at the artwork, writing and recording this album. Fans took to calling me 'Old Rake' instead of 'Ol Drake' and it kind of stuck, so I thought I'd honour their hugely creative moving of one letter by calling this solo debut 'Old Drake' by 'Ol Drake' and creating a logo (by Chris Gunnz) for the 'Ol Drake' album saying 'Old Drake'; confusing, no? Thought not.