Hey da Vinci
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Hey da Vinci

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Perfect Life Album- July 2005.


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Hey da Vinci… Part proposition part creative dynamo, they are less like a band and more like your best friend. No ego and no drama, just four people who love writing songs. And what’s different about them is their songs. They are songs that head off on a journey through the most brutal personal truth in one direction and then crawl back through an ally way of sinister intention the next.

This exciting new Sydney based act has now put themselves on the line with the release of their debut album Perfect Life because it doesn’t sound like anything that is popular at the moment, and it doesn’t take long to realise that was their intention “First and foremost we wanted to write great songs and tip our hats to the great songwriters rather than to great fashion icons and this record is a beginning that we’re extremely proud of in that regard” These are personal stories as much as they are songs of honesty and love. Hearts are placed precariously on sleeves, chances are taken, and at times (in the darker parts of Perfect Life) it seems all might be lost. But there is a stern resolution in Perfect Life, there is resolution to ‘give it everything you’ve got’ and to make the absolute most out of a charmed - albeit confusing life, to celebrate friends and to live by it’s almost haunting motto that lies in the last verse of the last song on the album “believe in what you love or believe in what loves you”.

Perfect Life evolved from guitarist/singer Ethan James’ extended travels through Europe, Tokyo and New York. “I’ve always written songs” he says “wake up write a song, eat breakfast write a song, constantly thinking about the best way to phrase how I feel at any given moment.

A lot of Perfect Life is about answering some fairly big questions I had at the time, hence the name Hey da Vinci, which is a cue for the perfect question, I think we all need to figure out what our questions are, answer them and then move forward. That pretty much sums up what Perfect Life is about”. And no, it’s got nothing to do with “The Code”…

Upon his return to Sydney, Ethan by chance ran into recently band-separated guitarist Leo McHugh at a party. They fell quickly into sync and went about playing songs together and building the start of a collection of songs that were to be recorded with producer Steve Francis who had done some earlier demo work with Ethan and who also shared their dream of aiming to record an album of great songs rather than an album of meaningless disposability.

As the album started to take shape over a six-month period, they recruited Mick Fink on drums and Mike Whyte on bass and the magic began. Together they have created a body of work that has separated them early on in their career from the all consuming trends of disposability and placed them on their own path.