Year Long Disaster

Year Long Disaster

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“Year Long Disaster sounds like a dream mash-up of Led Zeppelin and Jeff Buckley sporting some of the best hooks I’ve heard in months!” -Guitar World Magazine

Biography

“Anything that does not spring from tradition is plagiarized. Begin drawing and painting like the old masters; after that
always do as you wish, you will always be respected” - Salvador Dali
Year Long Disaster took Salvador Dali’s words to heart when they began constructing the mainframe ideas that would form
their fundamental musical intentions. Modifying, in their own right, the original blues models of the early 1970’s southern rock
movement, Year Long Disaster is more apt to play shuffles as the base backbeat and to define choruses as whichever
dynamic moment of the song appeals as most memorable. This moment may manifest itself in a riff, a recurring vocal line,
or in a sonic assault stemming from sheer energy. Riffs may extend past 4 bars. Lyrics may not repeat themselves. Year
Long Disaster embraces the humanity and simplicity in songwriting with the ability to improvise, allowing the audience to be
involved in moments that will never exist again.
This band’s work is also a reflection of what they as individuals accomplish, write, and think. The pedigree of this band is
complex and unusual. Lead guitarist and singer Daniel Davies is the son of Dave Davies of the Kinks. He was born in London
and spent the first nine years of his life touring the world with one of the most legendary live acts of all time. At eleven,
Daniel and his family moved from London to Los Angeles. Three years later his parents split, and Daniel moved in with his
godfather and his family. Daniel lived there until his graduation from Hollywood High School. He then set out on his own to
play music. For three years, he worked menial jobs and failed random drug tests for even more menial jobs. One random
April day in 2003 while he was squatting in an apartment with the equally strung-out Sebastian Robertson he ventured into
a Hollywood grocery store to buy vodka. It was there he met bass player Rich Mullins.
Mullins had been in Los Angeles four days when he encountered Davies. Mullins had just moved from Holland, and was nurturing
a gorilla-sized drug habit when he ran into Davies in the alcohol section of Pavilions. Mullins had been a founding
member of the West Virginia instrumental hard rock band Karma to Burn. Karma to Burn had released three albums on
Roadrunner Records, toured the world extensively and opened for such acts as Metallica and Pantera. Mullins left Karma
to Burn to play in the Dallas, Texas band Speedealer. It was a feeble attempt to geographically remove himself from his
addiction. In about seven months he was bandless and homeless, abandoned by Speedealer on a street corner in San
Francisco. From there he took a plane back to Holland in another feeble attempt to geographically remove himself from
his addictions. A couple of weeks prior to meeting Davies he had been convinced by some Dutch friends to take a CD he
had recorded in Holland to some industry friends in Los Angeles. He arrived in Los Angeles only intending to stay one month.
Within a week of meeting Daniel they were inseparable friends living in a one room apartment in Laurel Canyon, drinking
two fifths of vodka a day and smoking as much crack as their other friends could afford. After only a month of ‘friendship’
Daniel and Rich went to Music Cares Foundation and asked for help with their addictions. They were placed into CRI-Help
rehab. They spent a month there together. They then spent six months in a sober living halfway house. They finally moved
out back into the world, sober, in December 2003.
Eleven months later Daniel and Rich saw drummer Brad Hargreaves play live at the Scene Bar in Glendale with a band
called Hours and Minutes. They were extremely impressed with his musicianship. They got his phone number and asked him
if he wouldn’t mind ‘jamming’. They had no idea Brad was already a member of the eight-time platinum-selling group Third
Eye Blind. Remarkably, Third Eye Blind had just been cast as the Kinks on the NBC show American Dreams. Hargreaves,
upon learning that Daniel’s father was Dave Davies, became intrigued and agreed to try a couple of practices. The trio
instantly bonded and Year Long Disaster was born.
The band started gigging around locally in Los Angeles and caught the eye of producer Marc Needham (The Killers) who
invited them to record a few songs at his home studio. Using the ensuing EP as a demo they pawned an old guitar, bought
a van, jumped in and did three self-booked national tours building up a slew of fans. After the second tour Daniel, Rich and
Brad teamed up with longtime friend and now squeaky clean Sebastian Robertson to manage their burgeoning career. He
shares with Daniel his second generation rock experience as Sebastian is the son of The Band’s Robbie Robertson.
Sebastian immediately got to work bringing down a bevy of A&R execs to their Los Angeles performances. Shortly thereafter,
Year Long Disaster signed a record deal with Volcom Entertainment, a company that sha