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The Evolution Of...

by Davis Waits

A mastery of pyschedelic alternative americana.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Senorita
3:11 album only
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2. My Dear Kate
3:49 album only
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3. Transit
3:28 album only
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4. Bastard
2:35 album only
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5. Fall Like I Fall
4:38 album only
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6. Another Lonesome Highway
3:36 album only
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7. Salvation # 10
4:01 album only
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8. Better Days
3:58 album only
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9. Think Twice
4:48 album only
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10. Can't Have You
3:50 album only
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11. Murder in the Brickyard
3:47 album only
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12. Seven Years
3:59 album only
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13. Mosquito
3:41 album only
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14. Cut to Pieces
3:56 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ken Kunin - songwriter, vocals, guitar
Bruce Burchmore - guitar, backing vocals
Angelo Metz - guitar, keyboard
Jeff Lesh - bass, backing vocals
Joel Albrecht - drums

davis waits... the desert stretches endlessly in every direction. The sun shines brightly, yet a drizzle of rain falls from the sky. Beautiful, uplifting but somehow melancholy and mysterious... davis waits.

davis waits lay bare the essence of a man named Ken Kunin: dread-locked, cowboy hatted, martial arts black belt, singer, songwriter, founder of the band davis waits. The music on the band's debut album, the evolution of... fuses psychedelic pop with alternative Americana.

Bruce Burchmore, who has been with Kunin for the past six years, is an integral part of the davis waits sound. He is a master of many string instruments but predominantly plays lead guitar in the band. When not playing in davis waits, Bruce can be found teaching Pilates at Studio B in Los Angeles which he owns and operates.

Joel Albrecht, the fiery Oregon native, provides intensity on drums. His influences range from rock to tribal. Joel is currently pursuing his pilot's license. Brazilian native Angelo Metz is an accomplished jazz musician who possesses an infectious laugh and provides versatility and texture on guitar and keyboards. Bass player and backing vocalist Jeff Lesh is the newest member of the band. Lesh is a California native and an ace hockey player. Yes, they have hockey in Southern California!

the evolution of..., in Kunin's own words "is what the title suggests. Five years in the making and a lifetime of dreaming." The songs of davis waits are each personal testaments to the emotions and ponderings of a man who seeks balance and beauty in life. Kunin's unique outlook stems in part from his East Asian studies.

Whilst attending the University of Arizona, Kunin studied Taoism and focused on the Mandarin language. Kunin's life-shaping interest in Asian culture and beliefs began at the age of eleven when he started training in martial arts. By the ripe age of 17 he had earned a black belt in the eclectic Korean style of Kuk Sool. In the upcoming years, Kunin made a living teaching hand to hand combat for the Marine ROTC's, became one of the rare 150lb bouncers and ultimately became a private trainer in Hollywood circles. Recently however, Kunin spends more time on the gentle arts of Yoga and Tai Chi.

the evolution of... does have gentle songs, but honesty and grit are the trademarks of davis waits' style. All of the songs are personal - intimate really. When Kunin sings "I restrict myself to you even in my dreams" on the title "My Dear Kate" the sincerity of his declaration to his lover hits its mark dead center. On "Another Lonesome Highway" you can almost feel the wind on your face and see the tumble weeds blowing across the road in front of you. And on "Bastard" you are ready to pull your hair out at the frustration of a guest so vile as to eat your last piece of pumpkin pie, drink your last beer and smoke your last smoke before leaving the party with nary a good-bye, much less a "thank-you". The song writing on the evolution of... is simply impressive and each track is crafted to stand on its own as a single. And they do.

davis waits combine interesting elements to arrive at a very enigmatic style all their own. Their brand of cowboy-pop-desert-alt-rock marries Taoism and Dirty Harry flicks. They incorporate melody and grit-rocking rhythms. Tom Petty and Perry Farrell. Elliott Smith on happy pills. Willy Nelson takes Built to Spill on tour. You get the picture.

The most beautiful sunset wraps itself around the horizon. The best margarita of your life beckons you... then you notice a dead mosquito smushed into the salted rim of your goblet... such is life - and davis waits provide the sound track.

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