Jay Malinowski & The Deadcoast released their debut album, Martel, on February 11th (Pirates Blend). Now, Malinowski is ready to introduce fans to the next chapter in the story of Martel – a novella companion, titled Skulls & Bones (Letters From A Sailor To A Long Lost Granddaughter). The serial ebook will be released through HarperCollins Publishers, starting with Chapter 1: Skulls & Bones on March 18, 2014. Loosely based on his family’s historical roots in Europe and the East Coast of Canada, Skulls & Bones takes the reader on a voyage through the eyes of a seafaring soul searcher, Martel, his granddaughter, Kit, and an inquisitive spectator, Ana, who lives on Spain’s Dead Coast. Bringing together all three of Malinowski’s artistic disciplines, the seven chapters will be available in two different formats: an enhanced version that will include original ink sketches and songs that inspired each of the chapters as well as a regular text version.
“After finishing the recording of the album ‘Martel’ with my band The Deadcoast, I decided that I needed to walk The Camino, an 800km pilgrimage that starts in the foothills of France’s Pyrenees mountains and ends on the west coast of Spain, a coastline strangely enough called La Costa da Morte, or The Dead Coast,” recalls Malinowski. ”It was during those 40 days of walking alone that I began writing and roughly illustrating “Skulls & Bones” in the cafes at night and during breaks on the side of the seemingly endless path that led to the Atlantic Ocean. This was a personal labour of love. As I tried to create the narrative of Martel’s life, I ended up making sense of my own world. I based Martel on my Grandfather’s notes of our family history and on my own personal experiences after touring around the world in a band for over ten years. I couldn’t be happier to have found a home for him with HarperCollins, and I hope his collection of mis-adventures and lessons can shine a light to somewhere the reader hasn’t yet been. Long live the lost and wayward wanderer.”
Jay Malinowski & The Deadcoast will set sail on their Meet Me At The Gate national tour, starting next week in Victoria (tour dates below) next week. The tour will make its way across the prairies, which includes a play in Winnipeg during JUNOfest, followed by dates through Ontario, ending on April 5th in Montreal. Watch the skeleton dance macabre meets The Deadcoast lyric video for Set Me Free that was released today.