Ex Crash Test Dummy Son Of Dave spies the ‘End Of Days’ with his new single
Renowned international bluesman Son Of Dave has written 11 golden songs on a hundred dollar piano for this, his new album, Call Me A Cab.
His ninth album release, what first appears to be fun-loving, old-school, New Orleans rhythm and blues turns out to be expertly crafted songs about doctors, death, refugees, gentrification, night-life, depravity, hopelessness, and mean, mean women, of course.
Put Call Me A Cab proudly alongside albums by Randy Newman, Tom Waits, and Dr John, though fans who have been following the London, UK-based Winnipeg, MB-born artist for decades know there’s also unique blues harmonica, croon, and growl.
And the rhythm. It’s all about the rhythm.
First started before 2019, the worldwide shut-in gave Son Of Dave (Benjamin Darvill) time off from touring to perfect the album. Joined at home and in studio (Hoxa HQ, London) by expert musicians Jimmy Hogarth, ‘Budi’ Butenop, Martin Slattery, and ‘KC’ Zenker, this is an organic record. It’s how they made ’em in 1974.
With upwards of 50,000 record sales to his credit, Son Of Dave has been making recordings since the early 90s, having crossed five continents with his famous one-man-band show. He’s appeared on the mainstage at festivals like The Big Chill, Bestival, Glastonbury, and more, and also supported huge names like Iggy & The Stooges, UB40 and Supergrass, to name a few.
With frequent radio play across England, France and Italy, his songs have also found their way into many soundtracks including Breaking Bad, True Blood, Preacher (AMC), and Licence To Wed (Robin Williams).
And before all this, he was a member of the rather famous Crash Test Dummies for 10 years.
Son of Dave started out in the blues and biker bars in Manitoba, where he hopes one day to return. He has a program on Soho Radio in London where he’s been based for 25 years.