Band of the Week: Daveferatu

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Meet the Band: Dave Andrews (vocals, guitar), Brian O'Donnell (drums)

Back After a Break: The band began when Andrews and O'Donnell reconnected this past Christmas after a nine-year break. They had played together previously in the local group the Interstellar Electric Band, but that band wasn't particularly active. "We didn't do many gigs back then," Andrews admits. He subsequently released two solo albums, but the new album, Throes, is the first to feature O'Donnell. "We created a very unique sound because we combined his jazz fusion drums with my acoustic guitar and I used a lot of reverb and delays," says Andrews. "We had a really fun sound and a good chemistry between us."

Drum and Bass: The new disc features what Andrews describes as "overdriven, tuned-down acoustic guitar paired with jazz fusion-style drums." It sounds like electronic music, but unlike most drum 'n' bass, it's all organic. "It's a mostly darker record with chilled out vocals/lyrics and a jam in most of the tunes," says Andrews. "Essentially, I try to fill up the space with my acoustic. I play the finger style method. The aim is to make it psychedelic, not in the hippie sense but more in the garage rock sense."

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Why You Should Hear Them: About half the album was recorded by James Kananaan at Bad Racket. The other half was handled by Jim Wirt at Crushtone. It was mastered by Incidental Sound. "Everything went really well in the studio," says Andrews. "We were able to pound out more material than we thought we would. I love the way James was able to mix it. I wanted to get the sound of Temples, this English band that has a big sound with a blown-out mix. We modeled it after what we were hearing on that record. I was shooting for loudness over dynamics. We had a good experience." The album's opening tune, "Falling Down in the Dark," sets the tone. It features hushed vocals and brittle acoustic guitar. "It's moody," Andrews admits of the album's dark tone. "That comes from me because I've been battling with mental issues. I want to keep my family together and that's been a struggle but we're doing it. The music reflects the ups and downs of family life and trying to maintain relationships. I had a challenging childhood in Medina down by the banks of the Rocky River, and my mother and father abandoned me."

Where You Can See Them: Daveferatu performs with Acid Cats and Big Black Galactic at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 10, at Iggy's in Lakewood.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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