September 4, 2009 (Austin, TX) –Troupe Gammage of local pop-rock group Speak is featured on the new, much anticipated album, Shaka Rock, from the Australian rock band JET. He lends his revered keyboard skills prominently on three of their tracks – a featured collabo that came about from fellow Austin producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith.
Spending over 100 days in production at Bubble Recording studios in the Hyde Park section of Austin, JET first met Gammage during an impromptu jam session organized by Smith. Gammage, whose vocals and signature synth-sound define the songs of SPEAK, lent his hands to JET on the three piano-driven tracks “Seventeen,” “La Di Da” and “Walk”.
Chris “Frenchie” Smith on the collaboration:
“A lot of the conversation with JET leading up to [Troupe’s involvement] was about taking chances. I thought that he was the right guy to come over just because he had a fresh outlook on things. Jet’s sound is deeply rooted in classic rock, which wasn’t his immediate inclination.”
Shaka Rock’s staggered international release has already achieved Top 10 digital success in the US, Australia, German, Japan, New Zealand, and Canada.
SPEAK are finishing their debut album, I Believe In Everything, with Frenchie Smith, due early 2010 on Playing in Traffic and will be playing a round of shows in Austin including:
September 26 – Pecan Street Festival 6:00pm
September 29 – Emo’s 10:00pm
October 1 – Beauty Bar 10pm
“Shaka Rock” is available online and in stores worldwide.
Full credits and song samples here
Photo Credit: Frenchie Smith from his iPhone @ The Bubble Studios Austin, TX
Top photo (from left): JET members Nic Cester and Cameron Muncey, Troupe Gammage
Bottom Photo: Troupe Gammage tracking “Walk”