John Trager

1st September 2014


Two years after recording the deeply personal record, singer-songwriter John Trager will release “The Dark Road” on Friday 31st of October.

On the 6 track EP the songwriter confronts his issues with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, an unstable relationship and the grief from the death of his father.

“Writing this record felt like a therapy session, I wanted to be honest with my demons and let it all go, but I was hesitant and fearful of what my loved ones might think,” Trager said. “I’ve always admired songwriter’s who are totally honest in their work, I really connect to artists who's music is a reflection of their life”.

The follow up to Trager’s EP “Pop Songs & Panic Attacks!” and the second in a trilogy of records documenting the songwriter’s life; from attempting to run from depression as a native boy by moving to the city and starting work as a strip club MC; to falling in his darkest hours of addiction and dealing with his father’s death, but finally finding peace and happiness within.

The digital deluxe version of the EP (available to pre-order on iTunes from 1st of September 2014) includes the singles “Watch The World Implode” featuring talented and respected Melbourne vocalist, Neda Esmaili and the dark rocker “Crash Like A Butterfly”. The iTunes release comes with a 7 page digital booklet and bonus track “Let Your Angel Fly”, which was written in honour of 18 month old Blake Gordon-Cooke who passed away and was released in February 2014 as a charity single raising funds and awareness for childhood heart disease organisation Heartkids.

The Dark Road was recorded and produced by Michael Zammit at Airwaves Recording Studio, mixed by Michael and Jordan Powers (Lady Ga Ga, Delta Goodrem, Powder Finger) at Studio 301 in Byron Bay; and mastered by Leon Zervos (Rihanna, INXS, Fall Out Boy) at Studio 301 in Sydney.

Customers who pre-order the EP from iTunes will get instant access to the first single "Watch The World Implode".