Westside Daredevils

Westside Daredevils


Melodic, songwriting focused power-pop combining indie-rock sensibilities, british-invasion vocal hooks, layered harmonies and intricately arranged guitar theatrics.


Cobbled together from spare parts of several local staples, the Westside Daredevils formed in 2001 with the ambition of postponing adulthood indefinitely. As time went on, episodes of binge drinking turned into actual band practices, parts were written, chops honed, skills developed. Our mutual appreciation of loud guitar noise, well-crafted songs, harmonies and effect pedals begat songs drawing from a range of influences, with the only prerequisite being stringent attention to quality and aesthetics. We take our cue from the Pixies, Guided by Voices, Teenage Fanclub, Wilco, Elliott Smith and Big Star. We don't sound like any of them, we just like them.

"With melodies catchier than the Hong Kong flu and harmonies that bridge the gap between the Pop innocence of the '60s and the Indie Rock sophistication of now, Westside Daredevils show the kind of world class talent that Knoxville has been turning out for years". Cincinnati CityBeat

2007 Bonnaroo Performer
2008 MMC Performer (Harrisburg, PA)
2-time 2NMC Performer (Nashville, TN)
2-time Midpoint Performer (Cincinnati, OH)
2006 Sparklefest Performer (Raleigh, NC)
2-time IPO Performer (Nashville, TN/Atlanta, GA)
Best Pop Band: Metro Pulse
Best Local Release 2005: Benny Smith, program
director WUTK 90.3
"Heroes & Zeroes" featured on independent movie release "Geekin" soundtrack
"You Are the Universe" featured on 2007 Indie Music For Life complilation


2002: All Things Small Produce a Spark
2005: Twilight Children
2008: Brave New Nothing

Songs from all three albums receive radio airplay at many college stations across the country and Canada. Streaming songs can be found at www.westsidedaredevils .com, our myspace profile, Fresh Tracks, and Last FM.

Set List

Our set lists are comprised of original tunes and an occassional cover. We have over two hours of material rehearsed but typically play between 50 minutes to 1 1/2 hour sets.