SON OF DAVE is back with a new offering from upcoming album, ‘Music For Cop Shows’.
“Daddy Was A Wolfman” is iconic writing from our favourite blues maverick, laying down a beatbox shuffle groove, then wild harmonica hooks and his usual wry wit and catchy vocals. Maybe this time there’s insight into who the daddy, Dave, is. Maybe not.
Blame it on the government
You blame on me
You blame it on the immigrant
You won’t take responsibility that your daddy was a wolfman
You can’t mistake his sound or resist the fun. It’s a punchy, stripped down, fast paced tune like many faves from previous albums which have been snapped up by fans and hit Netflix programmes alike. Echo back to “Shake A Bone”, “Goddamn”, “She Just Dance All Night”, this is Son of Dave at his usual lively best.
While the youth are served up buckets of overproduced corporate extravagance, the original hardworking Bluesman continues to grow his devoted all-ages international fan-base the hard way: town to town, album to album, with no signs of slowing down. Well, there are some physical signs…
Your teeth a looking shiny
You’re wearing black and white
Your momma was a vampire
She’s out vamping all night
The track precedes upcoming album, ‘Music For Cop Shows’, Son of Dave’s 8th album. The album loosely ties ten new songs together as an imagined 1970’s cop show soundtrack. Several of Son of Dave’s tunes have already been placed in modern crime shows such as Preacher, Breaking Bad, and Bloodline, which appears to have been an inspiration for the album title. There’s no shortage of cryptic humour as usual.
The “Daddy Was A Wolfman” video (directed/edited by Luke Parry) follows a recent theme of using old b-movie public domain footage mixed with animations from Steven Plunkett who’s captured the character in a half Mad Magazine, half Ralph Steadman kind of way. Just his own style really, but it helps some people to hear names.
Son of Dave will also be supporting the record with a full UK tour, followed by other European and North American touring (see dates and details below).
SON OF DAVE UK TOUR 201703/11 BRISTOL, THE LOUISIANA
04/11 WINCHESTER, THE RAILWAY
08/11 GLASGOW, HUG & PINT
09/11 EDINBURGH, VOODOO ROOMS
10/11 STOCKTON-ON-TEES, THE GREEN ROOM
11/11 BIRMINGHAM, THE ACTRESS & BISHOP
15/11 MANCHESTER, GULLIVER’S
17/11 STOWMARKET, JOHN PEEL ARTS CENTRE
18/11 NORWICH, THE OWL SANCTUARY
29/11 NOTTINGHAM, BODEGA
30/11 READING, FACE BAR
01/12 BRIGHTON, THE HOPE & RUIN
03/12 LONDON, THE BORDERLINE
The artist himself on upcoming album ‘Music For Cop Shows’ says:
“I got the call from Mr. Big of Big Records, you know? They got another tune into yet another crime drama. They keep asking for more though. so I made this record for ’em. ‘Stick that in your soundtrack’.
“I fantasise ’bout making the theme song to a 1970’s cop show. Time travel is hard on this old Bluesman’s bowels however. These days, telly’s heavier and harder I think. Not many heroes. Even the news seems scarier. Maybe this will help things from being too damned serious. The truth is bloody awful enough, I hope you find this blues a bit sexier than rising crime rates and sponsored terrorism!”
Recorded in London at Space Eko East Studios with long-time co-producer Alex McGowan the songs build upon S.o.D.’s usual beatbox and bass grooves layering up harmonica riffs just like in the live show. Some tunes go a bit further and S.o.D. plays keys, guitars, and all sorts of percussion. It’s all played and sung by the man himself, with “Blues Organ” and “Hey Aye” the only exceptions, being recorded with super-producer Jimmy Hogarth, with whom he made the album ‘Blues At The Grand’ a few years back.
Son of Dave is fifty years old, and has lived for twenty-one years in the UK, hailing originally from Winnipeg Canada where he was steeped at a young age in the blues-bar tradition. His resumé is long, having had many other successes along the way. He plans to perform until his 80s at least, pointing out that there is no pension plan for Bluesmen, and that the whole live-fast-die-young game is for kids who can’t handle their booze (or for their managers simply after publicity).
SINGLE: “DADDY WAS A WOLFMAN” WILL BE RELEASED ON 18th AUGUST 2017
SON OF DAVE WILL RELEASE ‘MUSIC FOR COP SHOWS’ ON 27th OCTOBER 2017 VIA GODAMN RECORDS