"ROTTEN IN DENMARK EP"
Release Date: April 15, 2008
YouTube Videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-PdaKYo7wI
Rephlektor inkporporated is proud to present Rotten In Denmark - the debut solo EP release from NYC-by-way-of-London rocker Davey La. The four songs on this EP pick up right where Davey La left things off as the frontman of "On The Verge" UK quintet Ambershades. Although the Ambershades disbanded just before its breaking point, Rotten in Denmark highlights what made the band a critical success in the first place - Davey La's urbane songwriting, spot on delivery and powerful live performances.
Davey La caught the music bug at an early age from his professional jazz musician father and by a wide array of artists including Sly and the Family Stone, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John, Yellow Magic Orchestra and David Sylvian. In 2001, after a stint producing and engineering at Alaska Studios in London's Waterloo, Davey La and his friend/co-worker Ben Castle grew tired of making music for other people and decided to form their own band. With Davey on lead vocals and Ben on guitar, they joined their mates to complete the power-pop five-piece, Ambershades.
Ambershades' self-released album Clap Clap Clap spawned three indie top twenty hits (title track, "8th Day" and "My Darling") which generated enormous praise from both the UK media and fans alike. "My Darling" won the coveted single of the week slot in NME while calling the band "unstoppable" and that their songs were "beautiful, optimistic, alluring and unashamedly uplifting." Glamour (UK) and Uncut Magazine gave the album sparkling reviews, with Glamour also noting that La's songs "showcased amazing vocals." Unfortunately, despite the growing buzz, fame and fortune were not in the cards for Ambershades and the band soon parted ways, with some members joining international singing sensation James Blunt on tour.
With a clear vision as how he wanted to carry on his post-Ambershades musical career, Davey headed to Portland, Oregon armed with a bevy of ideas to work alongside The Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor-Taylor. Davey La's sophisticated songwriting skills, combined with Taylor in the producer's seat, results in the infectious first single and title track "Rotten In Denmark." This track delivers an intense mix of classic rock, dark lyrics, crunching guitars, driving piano hooks and an undeniable upbeat tempo. Other standout tracks include "Ichi Ni San Shi, Go!" which highlights an impressive falsetto while maintaining rich raspy vocals, the soulful ballad "Fires" and a live version of "Don't Let Me Down," which provides an excellent showcase for the true power and range of Davey La's singing.
2008 is set to be a busy year for Davey La as he will embark on extensive tours of the US and UK throughout the spring and summer months. He's also working on a truly ambitious film project that will offer an honest account of what it's like to be an independent musician in 2008. Look for the involvement of some serious players from both the film and music industry. More info to come soon!
Rotten In Denmark is released April 15, 2008.
1. Rotten In Denmark
2. Ichi Ni San Shi, Go!
4. Don't Let Me Down