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Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes

The glitz and glamour of being in a rock’n’roll band must be one of the all-time great myths. In most cases, it’s plenty of late nights, with next to no money, where one of the most important questions is always, where are we staying after the show? In the case of Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes, this lifestyle was the inspiration for the title of their latest LP, Cheap Motels After Midnight. It’s an appropriate title, as the album captures a group that’s more experienced, more battle-hardened.

 

A recent live review of the band said, “Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes are unique in that they so effortlessly blend indie rock, alt country and ragged dusty pop to create their own jangly, roadside flavour. Fringe country with more than a tad of pop sensibility.” We couldn’t have said to better ourselves when describing this album.

 

So what’s changed? Well, it still sounds like the same band from their critically acclaimed 2020 debut LP but it’s a little tougher, a little harder to define. According to Dave, “we released that first album right when the first lockdown hit and had to cancel a national tour. Instead of waiting to tour the record, and with plenty of spare time on my hands, I set about writing the next one. On the previous LP, all the songs were written on an acoustic guitar. During lockdown, I pulled out an electric guitar and amp for the first time in many years and much of what came out during that period is on this record. There’s still plenty of acoustic guitar but having the freedom to switch, gave Aaron (lead guitar, slide guitar and pedal steel) much more room to move. The other big difference is our latest addition, drummer Mark ‘Looch’ Lewis. Looch is a singer/songwriter in his own right and knew straight away what the songs needed. The songs seem more focused and complete this time around.”

 

It would be easy to call Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes an alt-country band, it’s their wheelhouse, but songs like Louisa, Gone Forgotten and the lead single, Cleveland capture the aforementioned “pop sensibility”, whilst Underground and the raw, dirty closing track, When the Summer’s Over scream “indie rock”.

 

2022 looks to be the band’s biggest yet, with a national tour in support of the album that will no doubt feature plenty of Cheap Motels After Midnight.

 

Cheap Motels After Midnight is out now.

DAVE FAVOURS & THE ROADSIDE ASHES RELEASES

Cheap Motels After Midnight

Album

Not Your Average Country Band

Album

Part Time b/w The Day That Cribb & Munday Got Away

7″ single

Take Me To Town

An Australian Alternative Country Compilation

DAVE FAVOURS SOLO RELEASES

Wet Suburban Sunday

Album

One Hand On The Wheel

EP