The Private Life of David Reed

The Private Life of David Reed

 Columbia, South Carolina, USA
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The Private Life of David Reed is a singer-songwriter for the 21st century. The melodies are infectious but not predictable. He employs a range of moods and sounds, but always stays true to the rock song. Shared the stage with many acts including Swimming With Dolphins and Jonas Sees In Color.

Biography

“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, CouchSurfing.org.

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.

Lyrics

Better Be Careful Now

Written By: The Private Life of David Reed

I came to you to catch my breath only to find there’s nothing left
But an empty room, that was meant for you
And I tried in vain to fill it up with memories that wake me up
But my eyes are closed, please don’t let me go

You better be careful now
When you look into my eyes
‘Cus I’ve lost myself
And I’ve got to get this right
You better be careful now
These tears aren’t yours to dry
I won’t drag you down
To help you fill alive
You better be careful now

You knew every word that was leaving me you gave them room you let them breathe
And I know it hurts just to step away
But I dug these holes all on my own I built these walls by letting go
I know that you are holding on but I’ve got to do this on my own

You better be careful now
When you look into my eyes
‘Cus I’ve lost myself
And I’ve got to get this right
You better be careful now
These tears aren’t yours to dry
I won’t drag you down
To help you fill alive
You better be careful now

On my own
I know
On my own
I know

November

Written By: David Reed, David Baker, Nathan Reed, Tomas Costanza

Give me one more chance to hold you even tighter than before
Give me one more dance I’ll show you and I’ll leave you wanting more
I can read the signs; I can walk the lines
Don’t you know, don’t you know
This feeling inside
Never would have tried
Never would have stayed
I never would have thought I could have felt this way
This time it’s for real
If we can make it through November
Holding on too strong
Holding on too tight
I know I had it wrong but I can get it right
This could be our year
If we can make it through November
I’m sick and tired of this feeling there is nothing left to say
Can we pick up the pieces and put them back in place
It’s getting cold outside
Bitter words subside
Don’t you know, don’t you know
This winter is bright

Sad Day

Written By: David Reed, David Baker, Nathan Reed, Tomas Costanza

How can you just lie there pretending you’re asleep
The morning air is frigid
You seem so numb to me
Kind of a sad day huh
Kind of a sad day
Without you in my arms
What we can’t say
Is tearing us apart
We spent all these years holding out, speaking softly
Tomorrow is here but we’re so far away
Kind of sad day huh
Have you since forgotten
Everything we’ve known
Flashbacks always grab at me and never let me go
Still I’m alone
Those pieces that we left behind could fall in place
The chapter’s coming to an end
Do we turn the page or is it too late

The Difference

Written By: David Reed, David Baker, Nathan Reed, Tomas Costanza

You told me on the ride home
You’re leaving
You want me to go
I just sat there with my eyes closed
I don’t want to leave
I don’t want to go
It must feel good there where you stand
‘Cus you’ve made a difference
You’ve made a life
I’m out here searching, reaching for mine
And you’ve found your reason
And you’ve made it right
I live for a moment that I may never find
Now we sit here miles apart
I daydream what could have been
It is so hard
Living on faith
I don’t want to leave
I don’t want to go
It must feel good there where you stand
I’m still here frustrated, anticipating
My world crashing down ‘cus you’re not around

Discography

The Private Life of David Reed, November 9, 2010

Missteps and Miscommunications, September 2, 2008