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Dro Carey announces three new albums from side projects

30 April 2020 | 10:07 am | Emma Jones

Dro Carey has released not one, not two, but three new albums from his side projects Tuff Sherm, PMM and his own name Eugene Ward.

DRO CAREY has announced that not one, not two, but three new albums are coming our way this week from his various aliases. Fans can expect albums from his TUFF SHERM and PMM projects, as well as new music from under his real name Eugene Ward.

The releases will drop 5:00PM, Friday May 1st to coincide with Bandcamp waiving their fees for 24 hours. Going one step further, 100% of the revenue from these releases will actually be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. In a statement, Dro Carey said of this decision, "This is an effort on my end to direct my creative work towards providing material support during a time of acute need for the organisation, given the lack of a safety net for people seeking asylum - as well as people on bridging, temporary protection and Safe Haven Enterprise visas - in Australia who have lost their employment during COVID-19."

It's been a minute since we've heard from the Tuff Sherm project after its last release back in 2017, but fans' patience will be definitely rewarded with a ten-track album titled Spore Whiskey on its way. Via BandcampDro Carey said, "So this one is the return of Tuff Sherm. This alias was last seen in 2017 with an EP on Normals Welcome called 'Squire's Skull.' This marks the second full-length album from the project (following on from 'Shrapnel Maestro', released on this very Bandcamp, way back in 2012!)."

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As for PMM, the forthcoming Breaking Power will delve further into its off-kilter techno sounds. "Here's something from a very obscure project! This one actually predates Dro Carey and was the alias for my earliest Audacity sound cutups as well as the name used for my early Youtube visuals," writes Carey. "It has lurked around releases on Opal Tapes, Reckno and Berceuse Heroique. This is the straight-ahead belter techno stuff but with odd, plastic-y, itchy sound design thrown in."

And, five years on from the last time we heard from the man himself under his real name, the new Eugene Ward record is titled Life After Prog and will feature new originals emerging from sound palettes developed in past collaborative work with Patric Kuo, Verity Mackey and De Quincey Co. Ward said of this release, "This release is not sound from a collaboration... rather its original work that tries to build out from the palettes established during collaborations such as those with Patric, as well as with Verity Mackey and De Quincey Co."

It's also been confirmed that 100% of Bandcamp sales for the three albums will continue to go to ASRC forever, and that sales will be reported on and donated at fortnightly intervals. The fee-waiving from Bandcamp commences at 5:00PM AEST on May 1st. If you can, please dig deep!

Words by Emma Jones