Dave King
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Dave King


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"Reviews for Dave's 1st solo album"

Here are some of the reviews Dave's 2005 debut solo release, "Elevators" received.

Taken from nighttimes.com
Last time I heard King, he was playing drums for The Cloudsmen, an edgy pop band reminiscent of XTC. Elevators sees King take the plunge as a solo artist and I'm glad to report that the signs are promising. Sporting a stripped down veneer and a sound that combines nods to Pink Floyd, 10cc, Billy Joel and Paul McCartney, Elevators is a pleasant surprise. For fans of well-written songs and substance over form, Dave King has produced a real winner here.

Taken from View magazine
"A heady amalgam of the soundtrack of his upbringing with a present day nod, King's Elevator is a heartfelt, lush masterpiece that might make you think of Brian Wilson or Paul McCartney."

Taken from notlame.com
Dave King is the leader of the excellent Canadian band The Cloudsmen, who have been super-faves for many here for the last two years(check out their album on this site now!). This is his solo debut and highly textured, heart-swelling exploration in the vein of solo outings from Neil Finn and more recent Squeeze. In fact, if you have been enjoying the works of these two artists, we can pretty much guarantee you are going to seriously enjoy(possibly love) this one! Other colorings of note would be those poppy-driven tracks on the last few Wilco records as a quite a few remind us of those tracks. Ron Sexsmith, Elliot Smith(w/o the depression), Freedy Johnston and the production clarity from a Mitchell Froom project all, also, come to mind. " a heartfelt, lush masterpiece that might make you think of brian wilson or paul mccartney". the spectator reports of elevators " these are great songs, superbly produced with an acoustic Pink Floyd feel"-View Magazine. Actually, that Pink Floyd comment hits as being accurate, too. A vividly sculpted work of music art, sublime but wholly accessible marvel along with. Extremely Highly Recommended!

Taken from the Hamilton Spectator
Graham Rockingham reports of elevators, "these are great songs, superbly produced with an acoustic Pink Floyd feel"

Taken from Aargauer Zeitung (Swiss National Newspaper)
The CD of Dave Kings Band the Cloudsmen from 2003 was a "pop jewel" in the middle of mediocrity. Inspired by the Beatles, Ben Folds, Jason Falkner the Cloudsmen brought live back into Pop. The Solo Debut of Dave King follows this quality. The 9 songs of "Elevators" are maybe a hint more thoughtful. Dave King has still the same feeling for big Pop songs who not only flatter the sense of harmony but also the intellect. If Pink Floyd would have made an album with the Beatles and Crowded House it wouldn't had sound better than Dave Kings "elevators". Pop at is best. - Various sources

"Performance Credits List"

Dave has played drums for quite some time now and has had the privilege of working with some of the finest artists known to mankind and otherwise. A short list of folks Dave has toured, recorded, or performed with:

T Bone Burnette (Grammy award winner)
Jim Lauderdale (Grammy award winner)
John Bottomly (Juno award winner)
Paul Intson (Genie award winner)
Stephan Eicher (Multi Platinum)
Roman Klun (Genie award winner)
Ian Thomas (Juno award winner)
Ron Sexsmith (Juno award winner)
Don Kerr (Producer)
Bill Dillon (Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell)
Steve Lucas (Bruce Cockburn)
Pat Sansone (Wilco)
Steve Barber (Producer/Arranger)
Lava Hay
King Biscuit Boy
Flux A.D.
D Form
Rapid Transit
Jamie Oakes
Dave Rave
Rob Lamothe
Steve Strongman
Joe Tullos
The Cloudsmen
Christine Saunders
and more....

Dave has been awarded grants for performing and recording from the British High Commission, Ontario Arts Council, Factor, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, Heritage Foundation and Canada Council.
- DK


Elevators 2005
Peacefully 2007



Behind the assured, amiable demeanor of Dave King lurks a musical visionary. His long time fascination with alternative forms of song presentation propelled him through the conception and development of his latest and long awaited second solo offering, "Peacefully". And after years of experimentation, and in conjunction with this new release, Dave is also proud to share with fans and newcomers alike a project he calls, "The Tonelift".

"Peacefully" delivers 10 original songs that continue to showcase King's extraordinary songwriting abilities. The songs are graced by sweet melodies and guided by thoughtful expressions of compassionate intellect. Critics described Dave's first solo effort, "Elevators", released in 2005, as "a heartfelt, lush masterpiece that might make you think of Brian Wilson or Paul McCartney". With "Peacefully", one could add Wilco to the list, and the songs hold an evocative lyricism reminiscent of Dave's friend Ron Sexsmith. Incidentally, Sexsmith sits in on "Younger", Peacefully's second track, garnering him background vocals and piano credits.

Tonelift, the other side of Dave's vision, was born from the desire to blend composition with an element of improvisation. Using "Peacefully" as its musical keystone, Tonelift is an intuitive and unique one man performance concept using taurus bass pedals, miniature acoustic drums, electronic loopers, guitars and vocals, as well as incorporating a multi media short film show in the feat- all, it should be noted, improvised on the fly. The result for an audience is a powerful, enigmatic journey of the senses through the intriguing heart and mind of this talented musical surveyor.

King has toured and or recorded internationally with scores of Grammy, Juno and multi platinum award winners, including performances with such artists as Canadian legend Paul Anka, Switzerland's multi platinum artist Stephan Eicher, T-Bone Burnett, Ian Thomas, King Biscuit Boy, Lava Hay and John Bottomley just to name a few. Other career highlights have been in playing to European festival audiences (topping 40,000), appearing and playing in televised shows from Paris's famed "Olympia theatre", and working on varied movie and TV soundtracks including "Snow Walker" and France's #1 animated series "Skyland".

Fall 2007 sees Dave producing Hamilton's award winning guitarist/songwriter Steve Strongman's new CD, due out Summer 2008, and Dave will be joining him for some touring in Canada (November 2007) followed by some dates in Europe. Dave is also looking forward to sharing"Peacefully" in both acoustic and Tonelift's format to audiences across Ontario and Quebec this fall and winter, and then it is on to 2008 where this musical seer will continue to push the boundaries of tradition to create musical experiences that both fascinate the mind and feed the soul.

Look for him in your town soon!

See video of Dave's acoustic and Tonelift performances on his website: http:www.daveking.ca, and/or his Myspace site: http://www.myspace.com/tonelift