Davey La

Davey La

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Classic pop group fronted by the enigmatic and eccentric Brit Davey La. Timeless, these are the songs of a generation. An antidote to the uniformed and formulaic bands that arrive by the truckload and disappear before the ink has dried on their sleevenotes...

Biography

Manhattan-dwelling rocker Davey La caught the music bug at an early age from his professional jazz musician father and from a wide array of artists including Sly and the Family Stone, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John, Yellow Magic Orchestra and David Sylvian. In 2001, after a stint producing and engineering at Alaska Studios in London’s Waterloo, Davey La and his friend/co-worker Ben Castle grew tired of making music for other people and decided to form their own band. With Davey on lead vocals and Ben on guitar, they joined their mates to complete the power-pop five-piece, Ambershades.

Ambershades’ self-released album Clap Clap Clap spawned three indie top twenty hits (title track, “8th Day” and “My Darling”) which generated enormous praise from both the UK media and fans alike. “My Darling” won the coveted single of the week slot in NME who called the band “unstoppable” and said that their songs were “beautiful, optimistic, alluring and unashamedly uplifting.” Glamour (UK) and Uncut Magazine gave the album sparkling reviews, with Glamour also noting that La’s songs “showcased amazing vocals.” Unfortunately, despite the growing buzz, fame and fortune were not in the cards for Ambershades and the band soon parted ways, with some members joining international singing sensation James Blunt on tour.

With a clear vision as how he wanted to carry on his post-Ambershades musical career, Davey headed to Portland, Oregon armed with a bevy of ideas to work alongside The Dandy Warhols’ Courtney Taylor-Taylor. Davey La’s sophisticated songwriting skills, combined with Taylor in the co-producer’s seat, results in the infectious first single and title track “Rotten In Denmark.” This track delivers an intense mix of classic rock, dark lyrics, crunching guitars, driving piano hooks and an undeniable upbeat tempo. Other standout tracks include “Ichi Ni San Shi, Go!” which highlights an impressive falsetto while maintaining rich raspy vocals, the soulful ballad “Fires” and a live version of “Don't Let Me Down,” which provides an excellent showcase for the true power and range of Davey La’s singing.

In addition to his vocal skills, Davey is a fine songwriter and producer. In April 2008 Davey was named a winner of the International Songwriting Competition for his song Fires. Around that time Davey was commissioned to write and produce the title track for Chicago Overcoat, a feature film starring the Sopranos’ Frank Vincent.

In July 2008 Davey was chosen by the editors of Billboard Magazine as one of six finalists in the Disc Makers Independent Music World Series, from a field of over 2,000 entrants.

Davey is currently in the studio finishing a full album, and will be performing in and around New York.

Lyrics

Rotten In Denmark

Written By: Davey La

There were a million things I had to do before I died
It’s a typical thing for a boy
So I started with you but oh, what a sting
If you’re the honey, then I am the bee
Just tell me something – what’s the flower for?
Is it to make you more attractive to me?
We’re close, of that I’m sure

Oh no!
Is there anybody out there who can hear me?
I’ve got a problem and I think it’s going to kill me
Oh no oh no

All I know is you’re not with me
And I need you tonight
Oh my God, I’m on fire,
Put me out

So super fine and sickly sweet
I got you under my skin
I hunger for you but I just can’t eat
And I know you like me thin
Crawling on the floor
I just can’t get enough
Why do you make me sick?
I thought we were in love
Well, something’s really rotten in Denmark

Oh my God, I’m on fire

Ichi Ni San Shi ... Go!

Written By: Davey La

Like a bomb under my car
With a tendency for over heating
I rarely get too far
An itch, a scratch, but no relieving
And I will never understand
What gives you the right to say that I will never be a man
My guard is up, your knickers are down
A stain upon your wedding gown

Ichi ni san shi… go!

I close my eyes and count to five
But all the time I’m sharpening knives

If there’s a brotherhood of man
Well, baby I have yet to see it
So I’m doing all I can to satisfy for more than minutes
But it ain’t easy when you’re screaming things that make me all unsteady
And I can’t keep it up
I’m going down
No fire inside my dressing gown

Ichi ni san shi… go!

I close my eyes and count to five
But all the time I’m sharpening knives

Don't Let Me Down

Written By: Davey La

It’s not goodbye, my dear old friend
It’s the beginning, not the end
Of the rest of our lives
And the days that we forgot to spend

You can’t walk across the water
But there’s hope at the border, my friend

So don’t you let me down
Keep your feet upon the ground
And you’re the only one
Who knows where I am coming from

I wish for something different everyday
That he never went away
That he never heard me sing
There’s a price for everything

You can’t walk across the water
But there’s hope at the border, my friend

So don’t you let me down
Keep your feet upon the ground
And you’re the only one
Who knows where I am coming from

And I feel it coming on
Like a tidal wave of longing
An arrow straight through the heart
Saint Sebastian
The bastion of love

Don’t you let me down
Keep your feet upon the ground
And you’re the only one
Who knows where I am coming from

Discography

Debut E.P. "Rotten In Denmark" released 2008; album to follow

Set List

LIFETIME
ICHI NI SAN SHI...GO!
THAT'S LOVE
FIRES
TO BE GOOD
I REMEMBER YOU
ROTTEN IN DENMARK
DON'T LET ME DOWN