Originally entitled, "Pandemic Birthday," "One Bit Of You" is the fifth single to be released from Dave's real-time project entitled, "Not Gone."One Bit Of You was born on Dave's birthday in September of 2020 as the result of a social media-shared moment where isolation, daily pressures of the pandemic, and an urge to musically break free, prompted a spur of a riff, and the first verse and chorus. Volume can act as its own therapy sometimes, and with the right equipment pairing, the riff in One Bit had taken on an addictive and sonically familiar gait -- sort of like a Teenage Fanclub tribute... that thing that one plays when picking up any guitar... to a time in mind (the 1990's) when everything seemed simple and un-calculated, certainly in comparison to 2020. In the recording, the bell-like-clear (alternating melody line) that plays in on the pre-chorus was recorded on a combined duo of a 1960's Rickenbacker and an old Gibson acoustic... together, they have a way of lifting spirits (good thing in these times). Dave played bass and guitars, Chris Harris recorded the drums in his basement; and Dave would have liked to recruit his twin brother, Brian for blood harmonies (and production help), if only time and circumstances permitted such whimsy. One regret is the omission of Beach Boys-inspired harmony lines in the last chorus -- an idea from the fantastic Lisa Traxler; and also suggested by Bill Kates (maybe that version will emerge at some point in the future). Dave Charles: "There's nothing political about this song -- it's about the recognition that only a very loved one can extract."
Dave’s new music echoes the excitement of early Elvis Costello, the sonic impact of Sugar or Dinosaur Jr., and the melodic kick of The Smithereens.
Longtime fans of the Boston rock scene may remember seeing “The Next” spray-painted on walls and bridges from Kenmore Square to Allston, and hearing Sidewalk Gallery on Boston airwaves in the 80’s and 90’s. Both bands featured the distinct harmonies of twin brothers Dave and Brian Charles, who still live and make music here. Dave has branched out from his early days as a lead guitarist and ace bassist to exploring pedal steel,
blues and country slide guitar, and experimenting with alternate tunings while crafting new songs that blend his best pop instincts with growling guitar-driven melodies. Fronting his own band for the first time as a solo artist sans Brian, Dave’s new music echoes the excitement of early Elvis Costello, the sonic impact of Sugar or Dinosaur Jr., and the melodic kick of The Smithereens.
Media & Contact
boston, ma usa
none to speak of
talk to dave
©2020 underdog records - Boston , MA USA