Katie Davis | Terrible, Terrible

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Terrible, Terrible

by Katie Davis

“Listen to when you're drunk and alone, contemplating calling your exes to ask them why they stopped loving you.” - Performer Magazine
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. She Hates Love Songs
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2. Tell Everyone
3:52 $0.99
3. Movie
4:04 $0.99
4. Los Angeles
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Album Notes
“Listen to when you’re drunk and alone, contemplating calling your exes to ask them why they stopped loving you.” - Performer Magazine

Katie Davis is a singer-songwriter from Seattle, Washington.

Katie has self-released two EPs, one in 2004 and one in 2010. Reviews compare her to early Alanis Morissette, Feist, and The Postal Service.

Katie has played around the northwest, and has shared the stage with Jon Auer (The Posies), Ivan & Alyosha, House of Wolves, and Kate Tucker.

Katie has licensed songs to shows like MTV’s “Real World” and Oxygen’s “Bad Girls Club.” “She Hates Love Songs” earned top listener ratings on NPR’s “All Songs Considered” Open Mic.

“I have predicted to my listeners that Katie Davis may be one of those indie artists who break through to the mainstream, she's that good.” - DJ Jerry Jodice at Virginia’s WRIR FM 97.3



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Musical Discoveries

Hauntingly Beautiful
Terrible, Terrible is the 2004 four-track debut EP release by Seattle-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Katie Davis. Her vocals reveal a clarity and emotive sound. She has been working on completing a full length CD, but doesn't expect to be finished with production until some time in 2007. During this year, she plans on traveling around the world and returning with new sad songs to rock her fans.

Her striking acoustic guitar combined with her mesmerizing and poignant vocals allow the listener just a taste of her melancholic songs. Her ballad approach reminds you of Alanis Morissette and she certainly has a straight-hitting sound. Her introspective and hauntingly beautiful songs -- the kind you hear in the movies over kissing or crying scenes -- liken her to other straight-voiced ladies like Beth Orton, Feist, and Jenny Lewis.

She has earned unprecedented national press, MTV and worldwide radio play, and a packed schedule of live shows with national touring acts. In early 2005, Katie played her first solo shows to small but delighted crowds in the beer-soaked dive bars of Seattle's Pioneer Square. And by 2006, Katie enjoyed her first four-story marquee at the Showbox, a musical institution and one of the northwest's biggest theaters.

Her sad song lyrics are very touching and she is captivating as a storyteller. Katie said, "Sad songs are my favorites. And that's just what comes out when I sit down to write. At shows, I try to break it up with covers from ACDC and Guns N' Roses. You'd be surprised -- it's always the happiest people who love my saddest songs."

Katie's music is understated on this EP, but her heartbreaking vocals evoke assorted emotions of pain to joy associated with life's everyday relationship drama. She has a sincere tone that anyone can identify with in their own life situation. All of us can relate to the sentiments she so touchingly expresses.

Katie's music reflects an honest and pure sound, and she boldly attacks every phrase and strumming of the guitar. She maintains breathy, sensual vocals that set the emotional mood. The sampling of songs leaves you wanting for more and she shows great potential with her gift of voice and raconteur. Terrible, Terrible proves to be "Wonderful, Wonderful." (4 out of 5 stars)

Not Quite Hollywood

Gathering an Impressive Following
Here at NQH, I listen to a lot of music as I do my job. Often I’m so focused on what I’m doing that a particular song is ending by the time I realize it’s been playing. “She Hates Love Songs” not only made me stop to give it my full attention, it also left me in deep thought. I found myself playing the song again and then listening to the other songs from Katie’s first CD, Terrible, Terrible.

Based in Seattle, Katie Davis has been gathering an impressive following not only in the Pacific Northwest, but across the country and abroad. With a new CD on the way, Katie is poised to remind us that life and love can be tough and that’s where our strength comes from.

Catsask Music Review

Sure to Be a Musical Icon
Damn!!! Move me, move me, move me... Excuse the remark but this chick kicks the $%it!!! I have not heard such moving sounds in quite a while. Lady, you got it goin’ on!

Katie Davis is sure to be a musical icon once the world hears her. From one track to the next with simplicity, she simply pulls you in while she paints a musical masterpiece on your ears! Where has she been hiding? It’s no wonder she’s winning awards and hitting the internet airwaves. Lord, please come to Toronto and let us catch you live.

Stunning! We know we’re gushing but she’s worth it.

True musical soul and feeling does not come around often but Katie has it. I love the honesty she delivers and all she needs to do it, is a guitar and her sweet voice. Truer words have not been sung in such a long time, and in such a multitude of mediocrity, it is very refreshing to know artists truly do exist. Katie Davis is one of them.

Do yourself a favour. Rock, funk, soul blues...it doesn’t matter what you love, you have to check her out. Katie is something special, and I do believe I will be seeing and hearing more of her in the future.

Rock and Folk on baby!!!

Online Rock

Beautifully Seductive
The title of Katie Davis’ EP surely isn’t indicative of this singer songwriter’s fine effort. The four songs here showcase the range of her beautifully seductive voice as well as the stylistic variety of her musical compositions. It’s not hard to see why she’s a popular attraction in her hometown of Seattle.

The EP is well produced, and Davis’ vocals and fine guitar work are given equal justice. The songs evoke a heartfelt melancholy that’s not only sobering, but alluring.

Favorite Track: Track 1, “She Hates Love Songs”


Angelic Ache of Heartbreak
An angelic ache of heartbreak and self-doubt. Terrible, Terrible is a moving, noteworthy first look at a girl with the gift of a voice and the capacity for much more than this short four song EP can show.

Jonny Sundt

What a beautiful tease
just as you realize that katie has a hauntingly beautiful voice and writing style that stands head and shoulders above most, you reach the end of this fantasticly produced ep, just worked up and wanting more.
here's hoping for a full length release from katie as soon as possible.

Messy Closet

"Amazing lullaby triumphant lady."
Amazing lullaby triumphant lady. Break out the red wine, her songs will remind you that other girls get it too. Get on her mailing list, follow her around the country, make sticker books for her.

Ear Candy Magazine

A great look at possible brilliance
With only 4 songs on this disc, it is truly hard to judge Katie Davis. What does stand out is the terrific guitar work and of course Katie’s voice – it is truly mesmerizing and even transcendent. The songs are only o.k. - but they don’t seem to do justice to that voice! The best being “She Hates Love Songs” (love that title!). A great look at possible brilliance if she gets the right songs. Way better than your average singer-songwriter!


"Enough to make you want more, more, more..."
Four short songs. Enough to tease you, enough to break your heart, enough to make you want more, more, more of Katie Davis.

She calls it “solo sad girl rock,” and she names her EP Terrible, Terrible. I’m sure she was advised against it, but thankfully, wiser heads did not prevail. Because this defiance, this dare-devil contrariness, is at the heart of her intelligent, evocative music. Katie Davis is gutsy and true; do not miss her.

“She Hates Love Songs” introduces you to her breathy, seductive voice while challenging you to categorize her. Her astonishing madness is immediately apparent, and you know you’re in for a wild ride. “Tell Everyone” is more accessible, which is not at all to say predictable. Her phrasing draws you to the edge of your seat, the penetrating harmonies and the looming strings create a sense of intimacy, but ultimately it’s the brutal honesty of the lyrics that win you:

I think I know how the stretch of your hand
and the frame of your chest could feel
on me
show me I'm not so small
tell everyone
hold me against you
oh please
tell me you feel this too ...

“Small” she is not. But the best of the four is “Movie,” a song of loss anticipated, which she sings with a kind of aching yet brave prescience. It’s this unexpected combo that transforms it into a song of strength. Her songs are empowering, but she comes in gently through the back door. Her bold honesty, sly humor and understated intellect shine through these sparkling tunes. The lush strings and delicate background vocals are gravy to the feast that is Terrible, Terrible.

Collected Sounds

"She's got this mournful vocal style that is achingly beautiful."
I thought it was gusty to name a record, "Terrible Terrible", but Katie Davis doesn't have to worry about it. She's that good.

She's got this great mournful vocal style that is just achingly beautiful. The songwriting is so heartbreaking that it actually sounds like her guitar is crying. (There's a Beatles song in there somewhere).

Though Davis is honest about the fact that her songs are sad, these aren't just weepies. These are really solidly written songs. With the backing vocals and the string arrangements these become very intricate songs.

With lyrics like "I have loved you for so long/I don't know if I can stop" (from "Movie") you can't help but love this stuff.

The only downside is this is far too short. I would love to hear a full length CD from Katie Davis soon! For now I'll just set it up with the shuffle and repeat button on.

Here is where I usually name stand out songs, but I really love them all. If I had to name one that I would play on the radio it would be "Movie"…I think…
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