It’s not very often that I decide to really throw my full weight behind a band and go for gold with everything that they’re doing but… sometimes you just can’t help yourself. dave. are a band that I’ve written about many times before, for many different reasons, but since they are about to kick off a pretty sizeable tour around this great country of ours, I thought I would dig a little deeper into the inner workings of the Newcastle three piece. This morning I sat down with the ever humble Noah Church to chat about writing, touring and YOCH! Bangers.
“Oh geeze… I guess it’s just something I’ve always done, for as long as I can remember,” Noah says, slightly thrown off by my opening question of “why is it that you like to play music?”. “It’s the writing that I really like doing, that’s the fun bit, but I always feel a bit unproductive if I’m just writing at home. I just always feel like getting out and playing, and I’d much rather be recording or playing live”. As any faithful Novocastrian knows, dave. are far from strangers to the local gig circuit, but the road to success was anything but a bee line.
Of the early days Noah says; “No one really wanted to put us on. We were fresh out of High school, we didn’t have any music recorded. It took us ages to actually get a gig at the Lass”. Nowadays though, I wouldn’t be out of line by saying, that dave. are one of the most phenomenal and in demand local bands about town, and most importantly, they never fail to pull a crowd regardless of time or venue purely because they are incredible live.
Someone told me once that if you can crack it in Newcastle you can crack it anywhere. I’ll add to that by saying I am certain that Novocastrains are one of the toughest audiences to please. But Noah’s words on the subject really sum up the importance of the community aspect of the music scene. “I really like it. It just means that if you want to keep getting gigs you have to be really good, because there are so many other bands. I think it’s great. There are so many newy bands that we like, and really love playing with. We just love being a part of it”.
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Their up coming tour is of course in support of their latest EP; “YOCH! Bangers and of the collection of tracks, Noah says; “(YOCH! Bangers) was sort of a spur of the moment thing. It was pretty much when Max has just started settling in to the band, we were jamming a lot and we came up with all of the songs really quickly… We just decided to go into RTN (studios) one day, and before we even realised, we’d put down a seven track EP”.
For something that was originally set out as a collection of throw together sounds, YOCH! Bangers definitely lives up to its name and is jam packed full of that tightly layered, yet scrappy Newy indie-rock that fans have come to relish. But the real justice will come when you set aside time to see the trio bang things out live. Their energy on stage is almost second to none and dave. are guaranteed to have you throwing your sweaty fists in the air. But the longevity of dave’s music extends far beyond the hooks and high intensity. When you’re finally on your way down from the hype of the gig, the lyrics will smack you in the right in the face with some real talk, reminding you exactly why we all started listening to music in the first place.
Thankfully, the boys have put their home town fans first once again, as they kick off their tour in style at the Cambridge Hotel on Friday the 2nd of June. “We really wanted to put this show on and we’re so keen to give it to all of our newy mates, and basically let them have the first crack,” says Noah. “All of the launch shows we’ve done have gone over really well at home, and we’re just super keen to put this one on”.