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Son of Dave


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Former Crash Test Dummies guitarist/mandolin player Benjamin Darvill is Son of Dave. He brings the Blues kicking and howling into the 21st Century without thievery or pretension, creating sweet Devil music with just his bare lips and hands.

It starts with a beat box amplified by an old Astatic microphone, the harmonica follows and with a stomp of the foot a husky loop is captured. As the loop grinds away his vocal starts low and almost spoken whilst the harmonica sings and a groaning bass-line drops.

Self-tailored to his own thrifty standard, Son Of Dave dresses in impeccable gentleman’s fashion from the 1950’s. Seen alongside the modern day businessman, one wonders how things became so bland. His three-piece suits and wide brim Fedora set him aloft the crowd with an air of bygone dignity.

Manners and courtesy are most important to Son Of Dave. If you have something bad to say about someone, mutter it under your breath and make ‘em work for Lucifer.

He grew up in a shed in Manitoba, Canada. His daddy, Dave, gave him a harmonica and shaker one Christmas. The Koreans eventually developed a foot pedal for him to sample and loop himself.

A true bluesman Son Of Dave sings from the heart, bitter words of women, ditties of Hellhounds and tales of the good ol’ Hollywood lifestyle. As the songs build he screams and howls the vocals between blazing harmonica solos and muttered obscenities.


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