Local band, dave really impressed us during last year’s National University Band Competition. We’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of some new material and it’s finally here. Newcastle Live contributor, Sarah Pfeiffer reviews dave’s new track, Sex Me below.
Let me start by saying, I haven’t been in Australia long, and I am definitely still getting used to the underground music scene here, but let me give you a little background on myself. I grew up an angsty teenager from northern Virginia right outside of Washington DC listening to bands like Blink-182, Good Charlotte, and Simple Plan and going to shows at the grunge-worthy 9:30 Club. When I wasn’t finding my new favorite song on MySpace, I was listening to today’s rock and roll. I wanted to be unique, I wanted to know the best bands so the boys would like me, but it ended in my simplistic love for rock music. My good friends in high school were in bands, and I loved filling my calendar with live shows to go see. I would like say I have the ear for this kind of thing. I know a lot of punk rock, and what it takes to make songs sound unique, but be similar enough to the hits of the radio to get the listener’s attention.
I wouldn’t say that this song is 100% rock and roll because there is definitely a hint of Simple Plan pop/punk in the sound of the vocals. There is just something about the song that makes you want to press the repeat button. This is the song that can soundtrack your victorious car ride home, your pre drinks with friends, or be the song to pump you up to before your next big footie game.
I would have to say that I am pleasantly surprised by this song, and as a result, with the band, DAVE. I have been listening to more of their music, and I think this new track off their EP Sunny Days in Winter is moving the band in the right direction. If this song doesn’t explode in the clubs and local hotels, then I don’t know where the music scene has gone, because this band is good, and this song deserves your ears.
Check out all four songs from DAVE’s new EP at: https://davebandnewcastle.bandcamp.com/releases
The Lass O’Gowrie Hotel on Saturday March 19 is the place to be to see this band live, and check out their sound for yourself.