February 21, 2015

Dave Rave + The Governors: Sweet American Music

Dave Rave has been in the music business for decades. He was at the forefront of the first wave of Canadian Punk with Teenage Head and The Shakers (check the in-depth The Last Pogo documentary), earned a living as session musician for Daniel Lanois, Andrew Loog Oldham and Alex Chilton and has been gigging endlessly in North America. He met up with his current band The Governors while he was in Minnesota and decided to record his latest album Sweet American Music at Sparta Sound, a tiny but well equipped facility with excellent acoustics.

Writing about perennial topics - women, travel, music and the mourning for lost youth - Sweet American Music is a snapshot of life as a hard working, traveling musician trying to make ends meet. The ghost of his former employer Alex Chilton looms large and with there is also quite a bit of The Kinks and Syd Barrett by way Of Robyn Hitchcock lurking in the shadows.

Rave can pull out a memorable power pop guitar lick without blinking an eye. His vocals are out of key every now and then, but that is the price you have to pay when you get drawn into his melodic pop songs with a rock twist.

Sweet American Music is released on RaeBeat Records. Buy it from their website.

  1. Sweet American Music
  2. Always Something There
  3. Queen Of The Tambourines
  4. Pullman, Washington
  5. Purple Velvet Valentine
  6. Lindsay
  7. Trapped
  8. You Take What's Yours
  9. Night School
  10. Walking Down Main Street
  11. Black And White

Live dates:
  • 03/07 The Holbrooke, Grass Valley, CA
  • 03/13 Coopers Ale House, Nevada City, CA
  • 04/03 PJ's Lager House, Detroit, MI
  • 04/19 Red Line Tap, Chhicago, IL
  • 05/01 Elliston Place Soda Shop, Nashville, TN

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