With stated influences being The Beatles Revolver and The Kinks We Are The Village Green Preservation Society it would be up to the quasi-rock historians out there to pick up on these touchstones; and as these are very personal reference points for the composer, I think most listeners will hear and make more contemporary comparisions -- such as a more tempered Ted Leo, a less bohemian Marah, and even a hint of Matthew Sweet.
Fresh from his SXSW debut gig, Devin Davis, kindly took the time to answer a quick question I posed...
*6ize: With this being your first solo album, I was wondering what the impetus was to bring the project to completion, hell, to even get it off the ground? I expect it would take a lot of confidence , but it must have been more than just that.
DEVIN DAVIS: Well... I guess that I just wanted to make an album that you could listen to from start to finish... and I guess once I started.. there was no stopping... meaning ... the more I worked on it... the more I had to finish it.. you know?... it was like... "I've spent a year and a half on this I HAVE to see it through or else I'll hate myself".. you know?... It was a lot of work... every day... but it was a lot of fun... creating the songs and linking them together... I don't know .. working mostly by myself, I didn't really have any checks and balances... or feedback on stuff... I did play working versions for friends... and they seemed to dig it... so I guess that gave me some confidence... otherwise... it was just having to trust myself that I was "cutting out the bad parts" as much as I could... you know?
Listen to + turtle and the flightless bird [mp3]