Davey Lane pic: Mary Boukouvalas
It’s no secret that You Am I are one of my all time favourite bands. I was incredibly excited to chat with their guitarist, Davey Lane, about his new solo record due out very soon. He spoke to us from his mate’s place in Benalla, where he was doing some sound.
Davey is probably one of Australia’s most important guitarists, having helped shaped the sound of Aussie indie music in the late 90s. He told us of an early association with 3MDR, he performed on one of its programs some 15 years ago with his high school band when the station was based in Belgrave.
He grew up in Boronia and he told us of his nostalgia about catching the train and getting off at stations like Bayswater and Boronia.
Davey loved 60s beat bands as a kid and reckons The Beatles played an important roll in defining music. The Who are a major influence in You Am I. Davey descibed Rusty’s drumming as “a refrigerator tumbling down the stairs”.
He told an amazing story about the day he met his childhood idol, Rodger Daltrey. This was when You Am I supported them in their Aussie tour a few years back. Davey said that he was star- struck!
I was tempted to say that I felt a bit star-struck interviewing Davey Lane! It’s all relative!
The new solo album is long awaited, and is a result of You Am I being in hiatus. Tim Rogers is also working on some solo stuff too. Davey told us that Tim will be making an appearance on his record. It looks like it will host a cream of the Melb rock scene, including Pete Satchell from Dallas Crane and Kat Spazzy.
He did say that it will be a more sedate psych record, rather than one of rock n roll. He said that maybe his next record will be a reaction of hard guitar rock.
Heads-up: he hinted that You Am I may be recording some new shit at the end of this year. Exciting times.
It’s Recklink Community Cup time on Sunday where the Megahertz play the Rockdogs. Davey told us that he wont be playing this year as he didn’t handle the ball last year! He did, however, win an award for turning up to training regularly.
But we can catch him playing live at the Rock for Reclink, Reclink Community Cup fundraiser gig at the Hi-Fi Bar on Sat June 30. He plays with Dave Larkin, Kim Salmon, Black Eyed Susans and more.
Local Hills muso, Dave Wolfe, popped in to play an acoustic set, taking a break from hectic times as a brand-new dad and building a house! Dave grew up in Traralgon and moved to the Hills as a kid where he found it hard to leave.
We found out that his own father, Dusty Wolfe was a diverse man who guided tourists through the Top End. Dave had the amazing experience of spending a few months of school at Borooloola, on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Strange country up there! He spoke of cattle grids and fishing.
Dave also plays in a celtic-punk outfit which has played with the Go-Set.
Nancy from Global Onslaught joined us again. We spun some tracks from her featured artists this week, which included Howling Dollhouse, from the Australian Musicians Network, and Mark Gardner, who is a fantastic supporter of community radio and a regular listener to The Dotted Line.
To view the tracks we heard tonight, go to Playlists.