If you only see two bands in your lifetime you need to make it Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! and DANVERS and Ghost Knife
And as a student and person about town in search of good times, good music and good cheap fun, you really should have heard of them and already be a regular crowd member at their shows. If not, I fear you must have been living somewhere north of middle earth and partying with the dullest of the hobbit. But because I am so nice and just in case this has been your miserable existence for the last three or four years, I will do you a favour and let you know why you should seriously stop being a fool and hunt these bands down from this second onwards.
Reason Number One: Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! is seriously dynamite hot. Like merry flame throwers they devour every obstacle as it crops up by playing infectiously good forget me not pop/rock and knowing their industry extremely well.
Applauded for their talents in the media time and time again, this isn’t just the hype machine kicking in around them. They were even hand-picked for recognition by Triple J for their song, “War Coward.” They have the musical talent, ability and professional confidence to carry themselves, without the hype.
(Don’t take my word for this – check their critically acclaimed and highly danceable CD, Sea Priest for verification- available from iTunes, JB Hi-Fi )
Danvers and Ghost Knife enables David to unleash his inner Tom Waits meets Grizzly Bear with Radiohead on the side, plus some Stan Getz inspired undertones. It’s a jazzy/bluesy experience, very much David’s vision. His brand of sleazy barroom songs are wrapped up in the sweetest sounding vocals that will ever slide into your soul, almost like an innocuous drug you never dreamed you would wake up addicted to and yet will feel completely unrepentant about acquiring the habit.
(Again – take not my word – Check out it out yourself. )
(Down load Forest Witch here http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WFSPWNK1 )
Reason Number Two: Even if you have been caught dancing like a lunatic at one of their shows, somewhat innocently mixing Paleys with one too many painkiller, you will still be acknowledged by their inner circle and subsequently awarded the much needed cool points to your somewhat reckless status.
Reason Number Three: David Williams plays seriously sexy guitar. His hands crawl over the fret board, his fingers caress the strings. He rocks his guitar as he sings, as he might do to calm an overexcited girlfriend. It’s powerfully erotic to watch.
Reason Number Four: Danvers is a local Super Group, comprising of David (vocals/guitar), Sam Stearne (Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire member) on drums and Rory O’Connor (Steering By Stars) on bass. Catch them and befriend them now before you have to part with serious amounts of green to get within 3000 meters of the big screen that will allow you to see that, yes those little dots up there on the stage is them.
Reason Number Five: From humble school boy band beginnings six years ago Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! is now one of the most exciting and fastest moving young bands in Adelaide. Their influences are many and varied. And David will selflessly share with you exactly who these influences are and why they love them, but the thing I love most is that instead of being blatant followers of these influences that they love the most, they take what they love and make it their own, constantly bringing something new to the table in palatable, easy to digest bytes. They are McIndiePopRock for the 25 words or less generation.
It’s brief, it’s succinct, and it’s instantly understandable.
As David tells you in Little Cowboys, Bad Hombres : “I want what you want.”
Who could misinterpret that? After all, if you know what you want, he wants the same.
So, whether you like the rockier/poppier sound or whether the jazzier/blues-ier side of things gets your blood pumping, David’s bands have what you need.
Danvers: Forest Witch (download)
Sea Witch by Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! is available now from iTunes and JB Hi-Fi