Co-produced by Warren Defever of His Name Is Alive and Gretchen Gonzalez Davidson of Slumber Party, Ethan Daniel Davidson is releasing his newest album, Silvertooth, on September 11th, 2012.
SEVEN POINT PROGRAM
1 First new album in seven years. Silvertooth is a departure from his previous work. Broke a mirror, got married, settled down, had two kids, father got sick, took over the family business, tried to go straight, got the seven year itch to start recording again. Returning to the studio Ethan quickly unleashed a series of personal songs that have a real warmth and very natural feel. Ethan's voice is strong, standing right next to the drummer, they recorded the songs with live vocals. They didn't wear headphones, they did it the old fashioned way. Listening to Silvertooth you can tell this was an organic process.
2 Silvertooth is filled with songs about people and places, weird sounds, and has roots in traditional music. Ethan's voice is clear and the songs are filled with mountains, valleys, trainwrecks, tales of dying crapshooters, hard times, dark nights, distorted basketballs providing percussion, blacksmiths, banjos, wise men, french philosophers, husband-murdering wives, New Orleans horn sections, buyers and sellers of salvation, cheap hotels, millionaires, truckstops, lonesome hound dogs howling, the Old Testament, ragtime drumsets with calf skin covered drums, a twelve string bass, omens, curses, blessings, warnings, and other tips from the brakemen's handbook.
3 Silvertooth is all over the map, musically and lyrically. Ethan's originally from Detroit, has a cabin in Alaska and has lived, jammed, drifted, hitch-hiked almost everywhere a man with an acoustic guitar is welcomed : his last tour lasted six years long and was 900 shows long. The Legendary Six Year Tour had Ethan rambling all over the US and Canada, at sheep farms in Kinloss, Scotland, across Turkey, a residency in Hattiesburg Mississippi, up to the borders of Syria and Iran, and only one show got cancelled due to a bear attack on sled dogs in Artic Village, Alaska. The t-shirts from the tour are ridiculously covered in an epic amount of dates.
4 "He's kind of a folk singer. He knows at least 17 verses of Woody Guthrie's "Ballad of Tom Joad". He drove around every corner of the country in a van for six years. He's a people person who's drifted extensively. He remembers your name and he knows the land; one time we were driving to New York from Detroit and he suggested an Indian restaurant that was open past midnight thirty minutes off the freeway in the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania. Ask him what the third tallest mountain in Washington is and he can tell you (Mt Baker). I'm pretty sure Ethan should write a guide book. He knows a lot of songs - request one of the weird songs from the Clash's Sandinista (triple album 1980) and you can't believe he knows all the words, Funkadelic, Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, John Jacob Niles, and Jimmy Dale Gilmore, he's got the whole catalog up in there. I've even seen him bust out the Sesame Street version of that one Feist song" - Warren Defever, producer.
5 Obvious musical comparisons usually include Tom Waits, Gogol Bordello, and the like but Ethan would list influential authors Edward Dorn, Elif Safak, and French writer Celine as influences. Conceptually and lyrically songs like "Caravan Moves On" seem like a result of Ethan's spending time at Harvard, La Sorbonne or at the Jewish Theological Seminary studying Islamic Law, Turkish Literature and Philosophy. Important side note: Ethan barely got a degree and is still basically a bum.
6 Silvertooth is available for free at Ethan's shows on LP, CD, and Cassette formats. Free download will be available at http://www.silvertoothmusic.com/. Way ahead of the "free music movement" Ethan's albums have always been available for free at his shows and he gave away 50,000 copies of his previous album on his last tour.
7 Silvertooth is produced by Warren Defever, best known for his longtime band as His Name Is Alive on legendary 4AD label and for his studio work with bands like Iggy and the Stooges, Rachel Haden, Yoko Ono, the GO, Elizabeth Mitchell, and many more. Debuting as co-producer is Gretchen Gonzales Davidson, who's previous work with Slumber Party (Kill Rock Stars) stunned with their slow femme doom rock and late-night vibe.