The Submarines sing “Ivaloo” plus Interview
Working as solo artists in Boston, the two members of the band, John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard, were introduced through a mutual friend. Dragonetti and Hazard formed a romantic and musical partnership, then took their show to Europe. The relationship lasted for four years, but ended in the fall of 2004 when the pair moved to L.A. After the break-up, both Hazard and Dragonetti continued writing songs, and because Hazard still recorded her music in Dragonetti’s home studio, the pair quickly discovered the songs they had written were about each other and their sadness in having broken up. They decided to work on a few songs together and eventually got back together. The new songs were mastered for the couple as a wedding present, and those tracks eventually became their first album. Hazard has said of the relationship, “It’s hard, definitely hard. Luckily we are like-minded aesthetically and musically.” Declare a New State!, The Submarines’ first album was released in 2006 on the Nettwerk label.
Blake Hazard is from Burlington, Vermont. Her real name is Eleanor Blake Hazard, although she prefers her middle name and uses it as her first. She attended the Putney School in southern Vermont, south of her hometown. She is also a graduate of Harvard University and is the great-granddaughter of American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald,Blake released a solo album of her own titled “Little Airplane” (2002) just two years previous to her breakup with John on California’s election night in 2004. “Little Airplane” was recorded by John in his studio and was released on Boston-based independent record label Kimchee Records. The album can still be obtained onKimchee’s website or through The Submarines web store.Blake is an avid runner and has run numerous marathons and races for many causes. These marathons have taken place in Boston, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles
John attended the American School of Dubai. Originally from Jackson, Michigan. His family moved to Dubai when he was young. Upon arriving in Boston, he briefly attended college at theBerklee School of Music.To support himself, John worked as a bike messenger in the city of Boston and played in several Boston-area bands before going solo. Jack Drag was his moniker for music he recorded at his apartment home studio, which he called Space 67. Much of the recorded material was done on a 4-track cassette recorder. Several singles and a self-titled, full-length album, “The Red Record,” or “cataloged as Pop Spelled Backwards” (as dubbed by his friends and bandmates) were released. The first single, “Velour,” was released by Dave Gibbs (of the Gigolo Aunts), on his label called Sumerville Records. The second single was put out by John’s record label, called Devil’s Weed, Inc. A third single was released on Hepcat Records. As a result of these recordings, John was signed to A&M Records. When A&M was acquired by Universal Music, Jack Drag was dropped from the label and he continued recording independently in Space 67. Vowing to keep releasing his music, he rolled up his sleeves and released more albums with Shifty Disco, Scientific Records and Sugar Free Records. This eventually led to a project with his old friend Peter DuCharme (AKA: Master Cylinder) called the Junior Communist Club. Several tracks left over from the Jack Drag A&M sessions were used for the project, and a few staple commercials resulted from the release. To this date, there have been no plans to release any new material by Jr. Communist Club. John has stated that “Although encouraged to, we never did put together a live show. I’m sure we’ll collaborate again but whether it will be under the Jr.Commy moniker remains to be seen.” As for his moniker Jack Drag, he states on the Jack Drag web site, “It’s all about The Submarines now!”