The Private Life of David Reed
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The Private Life of David Reed

Columbia, South Carolina, United States | INDIE

Columbia, South Carolina, United States | INDIE
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While predominantely keeping with an acoustic base, Reed incorporates a wide range of influences that paint his songs with an array of textures and sounds while adopting a subtle atonality and dissonance. - The Pilot - Pinehurst

"Private Life of David Reed Original Music"

David Reed not only writes his own music but sings it with pure emotion very reminiscent of Jeff Buckley. The guitar is smooth but evident with raw riffs. This kid is original & thats hard to come by. I particulary liked the song "A week and 7 days". He brings back the singer songwriter solo aspect missing in music today like Buckley & Waits. - Neal - urbanjournalist


The Private Life of David Reed, November 9, 2010

Missteps and Miscommunications, September 2, 2008



“Give me one more dance I'll show you/And I'll leave you wanting more,” exclaims singer/songwriter David Reed on the rollicking “November,” the debut single from his long-awaited sophomore effort, The Private Life of David Reed. And it’s here that the South Carolina native brings everything to the surface, unafraid to take on some of life’s most personal things in order to break it down into something the masses can all grab on to.

“To me, songwriting is cathartic,” Reed says. “If I’m not able to get these songs out, I don’t know how I’d go about doing what I do every day. This album allowed me to get something out, whatever snapshot that was going on in my life.”

Following his 2008 solo debut, Missteps and Miscommunications, Reed joined his longtime friend and producer Tomas Costanza (The Never Enders, The Anix, Track Fighter) in Los Angeles to record the ambitious ten-song set. The Private Life of David Reed crests on his thought-provoking lyrics, layered with fierce guitar riffs and slight electronic tweaks. Also crediting Costanza's approach, Reed believes he's arrived at his most powerful and poignant set of material yet.

“In the studio, it was just him and I,” says Reed. “A lot of our best work was done at three o’clock in the morning, and Tomas did a really good job of bringing out the epicness of these songs. I like songs that are not necessarily anthems, but songs that sound as if they belong in a movie or on a soundtrack. I felt a lot of that coming out when we were in the studio.”

From the propulsive riffage of “November” and “Sad Day” to lush reflections such as “The Difference” and “Leaving with a California Tilt,” Reed’s soul-searching spirit is unwavering in his quest to bring sincere and direct visuals to the forefront. “Moving Mountains,” a duet featuring Chamberlain Records’ Lola Fontaine, is another album standout that taps into this. Reed praises its intricate shape and focus, claiming it as the best song he’s ever written.

“There are some songs that you define and there are some songs that define you,” he says. ‘Moving Mountains’ is one that defines me--as a songwriter and as a person. What I have had to say about my journey on Earth [up to this point] has been said with this song. It’s as personal as it gets.”

From his childhood days of singing in the church choir to fronting the alternative rock outfit CLOSER for nearly four years, singing for others is Reed’s forever passion. During the last two years, Reed has performed at countless bars and coffee shops in and around South Carolina and across the country, as well as several major markets on the East and West coasts, including The Annex in New York City and Goodbye Blue Monday in Brooklyn. But he appreciates his roots and still loves performing at Columbia’s own New Brookland Tavern. “It’s a dirty rock club and it’s my favorite place to play.”

During summer 2009, Reed’s passion was put to the test when he toured for 112 straight days, ultimately putting 20,000 miles on his car. Yo Soybean’s Nicholas Mallis joined him for the bulk of this adventurous jaunt, and for Reed, he says it “felt like one large show.” The duo met and performed for countless people across the U.S. and slept on many couches via the international non-profit network,

This Fall, Reed will join his South Carolina-based band, Ray Howard (guitar), Ric Evans (bass), and Rodney Liles (drums), for a full nationwide tour.

Reed adds, “As a songwriter, you hope your music reaches people. You hope it strikes a chord and makes them look at the way they view the world. That is powerful.”

The Private Life of David Reed will be available November 9th via Chamberlain Records.