On the cusp of his turn at this weekend’s Gumball festival, one man banger factory Dave Wells has dropped the video for his latest single Hey Mate.
The track itself is a beautifully lilting, sparse, folk number that showcases Dave’s ability to coax the rawest of emotions out of a couple of well placed melodies.
The track, which Dave describes as a “folk song of reflection,” is a searing tribute to a dear friend who was forced to deal with his sexuality in a close-minded country town.
The clip achieves a feat that few do – capturing the emotion of the song. This is done by using an overlay of footage, images and carefully articulated visual effects collected from Dave’s recent travels to Byron Bay to record his forthcoming release, as well as footage shot on location in Carrington and Newcastle’s Sawtooth Studios.
To make all of this happen, Dave collaborated with Melbourne-based director and motion designer Danny McKenna (Mia Dyson, Harry James Angus) and Newcastle-based videographer Erling ‘The Duke’ Gronhaug to delicately capture and interpret a very complex yet moving folk song that at its heart, has both an intrinsically Australian and universal theme- the offering of a shoulder to a mate in need.
The track is also anothe sneek peek into Dave’s anticipated next albumwhich was recorded in Byron Bay with super produer Nick DiDia.
Having produced or engineered records for the likes of Rage Against The Machine, Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Young and Jimmy Barnes, Nick also has a Grammy to his name for his work on Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising, and multiple ARIAs – a fact not lost on the Maitland bred songwriter.
“He’s great to work with I learned a lot as a songwriter – it was challenging at times but I love being in that space – it was good to finally get back in the studio,” Dave previously told Newcastle Live,
“I didn’t go in with any expectations. He was quite balanced and down to earth – I felt like I was working with a good mate. It wasn’t contrived and there wasn’t too much pressure so I was very lucky.”
Hey Mate is out now. Catch Dave Wells at Gumball which kicks off this Friday 16 April.