Daniel Davies’ mother and father — who happens to be Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Davies — were divorced by the time he was 14 and learning to play guitar. But the younger Davies didn’t get any special treatment for going into the “family business.”
“I thought I could use it to connect with him a bit more,” says Davies, 26, who grew up in Los Angeles, where he now leads the trio Year Long Disaster. “But he’s from the school of, ‘You gotta figure it out on your own.’
“When I look back on it, I realize that was a good lesson, but at the time I was like, ‘Why can’t you teach me something?!’ You get irritated and say, ‘Forget it ...’ Now the input is a lot greater, and about different things — not just musical knowledge but how to get along with people, how to take care of people, how to take care of each other. That’s the advice I get now.”
Year Long Disaster, meanwhile, is gradually making a name for itself after releasing its debut album in 2007 and getting a nod from Rolling Stone magazine in its annual 10 Artists to Watch list.
The group — which includes Davies’ school and rehab buddy Rich Mullins on bass and former Third Eye Blind drummer Brad Hargreaves — is finding the going both tough and slow, but Davies says there’s progress being made.
“Our last show we did in L.A.,” he recalls, “somebody came up to me and said, ‘The first the time I didn’t really like it. The second time I thought it was better, and the third time I liked it a lot better.’ I was kind of like, ‘Why did you keep coming back if you didn’t like it the first time?,’ but I’m glad they did.
“Sometimes it takes a couple times to get used to it, I guess. We’ll hang in there while they do.”
Year Long Disaster plays with Burning Brides on Wednesday (June 18) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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