Album release: Dreamoirs by Dave McPherson
Release date: 3 June 2013
Label: Northern Music
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Dave McPherson, originally propelled into the limelight with his alternative rock band InMe a decade ago, has since been consistently touring, creating music, and fully uplifting engrossed audiences. But only fairly recently has this been as a fully formed solo artist. New album Dreamoirs offers the complete and sublime intellectual capacity of this gifted and truly hard working songwriter.
It was in 2007 that Dave first started strapping on his acoustic guitar, hopping on trains around the country and couch surfing his way into the ears of listeners who were eager to see a true live artist do his thing. The use of the term “true” shouldn’t be ambiguous, but for qualification in this instance it is used to describe a performer with a soulful and technically gifted voice, an intricate and passionate style of guitar playing, and one who uses these skills to great effect on an abundance of self penned material.
Dave himself has tasted the mainstream with InMe, playing major festival main stages and touring the world when he was just 19. It’s a completely different world to the one that he currently – and happily it should be added – exists in. This self-confessed Star Trek obsessive is more than happy to embrace his inner geek and in truly modern style spends hours a day noting lyrical ideas in his iPhone, researching ideas and singing newly formed melodies to himself in the street. Dave is comfortable in his own skin; whether that is touring pubs, large venues with the likes of Charlie Simpson and Devin Townsend or festivals like Download and Beautiful Days in search of new listeners, fine ale and old friends on the road.
After a number of DIY EPs taken out on tour at a point when Dave was fast approaching 700 solo shows, 2011 saw him truly enter the realm of the solo artist and release The Hardship Diaries via Pledge Music. The fan-fuelled label provided the perfect platform for Dave to engage with his supporters and they responded by pushing him through the 100% target of sales in a few days and smash well and truly through 200% in a matter of weeks. The album was a very personal collection of songs, exemplifying Dave’s songwriting ability in a way that his previous work never really could. In a music industry that many say is beginning to disregard the album format, Dave showed that this medium is still the most accessible and important way to gather together a true representation of what an artist is all about.
None of this is to say that Dave is not open to creative ideas and challenges in a bid to get his music heard, and it is here that we can unequivocally return to the notion of “hard work”. 2013 is to be the busiest year of Dave McPherson’s career as he embarks first on ‘The Good People Movement: 365’ – the mammoth task of writing and recording a song every day of the year. This in itself is quite a challenge, but when you consider that he will do this during the year when his second solo album is released and toured, you can really comprehend that “hard work” is certainly a relative term. What is apparent with Dave McPherson, however, is that he sees this as his passion – music has long since absorbed and consumed him to the point of it feeling like a way of life, not hard work.
Dreamoirs will be officially released in June 2013. The concept of the album is, as the title suggests, based around dreams. It is also an album that sees full band instrumentation (performed on the record by Dave himself, no less) and his supporters will be given the opportunity to hear these songs live in some rare full band Dave McPherson performances this summer. Whereas The Hardship Diaries was essentially a break-up record, at times rushed and spontaneous, Dreamoirs is reflective and explores more subject matter: it’s a focused record that Dave has put a considerable amount of work, thought and passion into.
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