Dave Davies of  The Kinks

Dave Davies of The Kinks

Dave Davies founded the Kinks in the early 1960s and forever
changed music after he sliced up the speaker cone of a little
green amp and created a revolutionary, distorted guitar tone
and frenetic solo on song You Really Got Me. Musicologist
Joe Harrington described the Kinks' influence: "'You Really
Got Me', 'All Day and All of the Night' . . . were predecessors
of the whole three-chord genre ... the Kinks did a lot to help
turn rock 'n' roll into rock." In 1998, writer Bill Crowley
wrote,"As lead guitarist and founder of The Kinks, Dave
Davies is one of the most unpredictable and original forces in
rock, without whom guitar-rock styles including heavy metal
and punk would have been inconceivable. A member of the
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Dave's massive guitar sounds have
inspired bands from Van Halen to Green Day."
Dave's new album I Will Be Me is a return to his
groundbreaking guitar sound and innovative songwriting.
His classically English voice shows off a new deepness but
still hits his famous high notes in this collection. Hard
rocking track "Living in the Past", takes a look at obsession
with retro but, ever the Mod, Dave suprises with the lyric, "no
matter what they do or say, the future's here to stay!" He
takes a look back with Little Green Amp, a playful, punk
homage to days when his jagged, blues driven sound wave
ripped ahead of the British Invasion through stereos the world
over. Cote du Rhone (I WILL BE ME), an uncensored look
at ugliness in the world today, is as angry and biting as ever
with an innovative heavy yet slide guitar tone. Soothing
lyrics and sounds of Jonathan Lea's sitar playing on Healing
Boy - show Dave's sensitive side. In a recent radio interview
he said,"rock music is a positive force for good." This
hopeful and optimistic vision manifests and bridges themes
personal, social and universal in I Will Be Me.
Since the early days, Dave has worked on a slew of critically
acclaimed records, ranging from solo hit song Death of a
Clown, to experimental Kinks records like Village Green
Preservation Society and Arthur and classic song Lola in the
70s. In the 80s Dave released experimentally prescient solo
work like the eponymous album titled "Dave Davies" or
"AFL1-3603" named after himself and/or the barcode symbol
face cover art. His mainstream success continued in the 80s
on hit Kinks albums Low Budget and State of Confusion. In
the 90s he released more solo work such as Bug and the
compilation Unfinished Business. His songs have been
featured in films by John Carpenter and on t.v. shows like the
Sopranos which used his tune Living on a Thin Line. His
tell-all autobiographical book Kink was well received in the
late 90s as well. In recent years, Dave has collaborated
creatively with his sons. In 2010 he worked with son Russell
Davies to create the hauntingly, beautiful rock electronica
album, the Aschere Project. Mystical Journey, directed by
son Martin Davies, narrates Dave's longtime interest in the
paranormal, Eastern philosophies and spirituality (the film
inspired Julien Temple's BBC documentary Kinkdom Kome).
No matter how diverse the ambition, Dave Davies puts his
heart and soul in all of his projects.
- Rebecca G. Wilson 2013

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Dave Davies of The Kinks with Blackberry Jam, The Higgs

Friday, June 7 · Doors 6:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at The Coach House