Tarby (or TarbyRocks), currently a duo featuring friends and long-time bandmates George "Tarby" DesRoches and Nick DeSimone, started as an online solo project in the beginning of 2011. Tarby, a Rhode Island transplant from a young age, spent several years performing in various garage bands with friends in Providence, RI and the surrounding Southern New England area. With acts such as The Random Band, a rock project featuring Nick on bass, and First Time, a pop punk outfit featuring now Chasing Carmen guitarist Dave Case, Tarby picked up some experience writing music and performing live, and with the emergence of large internet fanbases for various shows and internet media during the spring and summer of 2011, he began recording and releasing songs that didn't fit the style of any of his other projects under the nickname "Tarby", a bastardization of one of his usernames at the time.
After several online competitions resulted in a string of-one offs and singles and a small bit of notoriety among certain web circles, Tarby wrote and released his first true single, "Rejected", as part of the first "Balloon Party" charity compilation album. Rejected had a much harder edge than any of his previous "Tarby" music, no longer having an outlet for his hard rock flair due to the dissolution of The Random Band by the end of 2011 (he left First Time shortly after). By the end of 2012, and with rejected attracting a fair bit of positive attention (often cited as being the best song on the 45+ track album) he relocated to Seattle, WA, where he gathered together enough songs to put out a full length album of his own, titled "E.S.C.A.P.E." featuring both Rejected and what would become several other fan favorites, like "Petrified", "Sentimental", "Born Cross-Eyed", and "Taste The Rainbow".
By the summer of 2013, Tarby had managed to gather the attention of several thousand individuals online, had released several more singles as well as his "What You Hoped To Find" EP, and embarked on a month long tour across the USA with several other internet-known musicians from various genres. Joined on stage by a band consisting of Jack "Automatic Jack" Johnston on Drums, Dylan Smith on Bass, Donn DeVore on keys, and Finn Lee on rhythm guitar, the groups stopped in cities such as Portland, OR, Los Angeles, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Nashville, TN, Jacksonville, FL, Baltimore, MD, and Boston, MA, where they met with already established fans, while gaining plenty more. Tarby played his last show of the tour in Boston, MA to a crowd of hometown family and friends, before packing up and travelling back to Seattle to start working on his sophomore full length release, "Everfree".
For the next year or so, Tarby worked on new material, which was starting to take a noticeably darker and unique turn when compared to his earlier releases; Though E.S.C.A.P.E. had a fairly consistent theme of escapism and addiction running throughout its playtime, it admittedly came across as a bunch of unfocused demos. For the next album, Tarby planned to write the entire thing with a solid concept in place, went out of his way to record the whole project in as short a time as possible to help preserve its overall vibe, and took inspiration from both the darker parts of his past and present, as well as broadway musicals and established rock operas by Dream Theater, Devin Townsend, and Pink Floyd to make a cohesive concept album that would be sure to keep listeners involved and entertained from start to finish. However, this period of his life was often overcome with change and compromise, forcing Tarby to move several times over the course of a year and a half, back and forth across the Pacific NW, resulting in countless delays and musical dry-spells. With the help of a few choice individuals, though, Tarby managed to get the full album recorded and processed, sending the completed stems off to be professionally mixed and mastered, another first for Tarby.
In early 2015 (and by that we mean December 31st through January 1st), Tarby packed up and drove down I-5 to Santa Maria, CA, his new and current base of operations, and one week later, Everfree was released on Youtube, with the bandcamp release coming a day later (followed by releases on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, deezer, and other online retailers by the end of the month). It gained several hundred views in just a few hours on youtube, and on bandcamp it peaked at the number 4 best selling release at the time, sitting at the number one best selling album in both the rock and metal categories for several days, and remaining in the top 10 for almost two weeks. The album, which featured a drastically re-recorded and re-imagined version of the title track of his previous EP, "What You Hoped To Find", also featured one of his longest songs to date, "A Turn For The Worse", a few songs which dove into a more EDM styled production, such as "The Other Side", and theatrically inspired opening and closing tracks, featuring lush symphonic orchestrations while reprising themes and motifs played throughout the album. It also features what is quickly becoming a fan favorite, "Nothing", having garnered attention from several news publications and new fans alike.
Shortly after the release of "Everfree", Nick DeSimone (an old friend who played with George (before he was Tarby) in several bands in the Rhode Island music scene, and who performed guitars on the song "Everchanging") was added to the project on a permanent basis, officially making it a duo as work began on three new projects - two EPs, one acoustically driven and one electronically driven, as well as another full length album currently titled "Under The Plastic Sky", which, according to both Nick and Tarby, is to be the heaviest release yet. Plans also exist for several more convention performances as both a solo act as well as with a band, as well as a re-recorded and re-envisioned "E.S.C.A.P.E."