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Austerity Measures - EP

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Rich in rootsy instruments and wrought with a gritty narrative one would expect from Tom Waits, David Ford opens his 2012 Austerity Measures EP with “The Ballad of Miss Lilly.” Over rustic accordions, brass horns, acoustic guitars, and what sounds like a hodgepodge of random junkyard percussion, the former frontman for Britain’s Easyworld sings with a raspy nasal tone akin to Liam Gallagher's. He follows with the twangy “Life Is Good,” a country-tinged folk-rocker where he croons topical lyrics over timeless banjo and weeping pedal steel notes. He rubs timely lyrics that muse on England’s financial crises against the classic grain of '50s rockabilly on “It’s the Economy Stupid,” where hollow-body guitar leads are lightly distorted through a vintage amp, invoking the tones of a young Brian Setzer. The similarly thematic “How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love My Credit Card” returns to pastoral-sounding Americana instrumentation as Ford pokes fun at people who live way outside their means via swiping plastic cards. “Every Time” closes with Ford’s singer/songwriter prowess.

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David is Amazing!

David Ford has never disappointed me. Everything he puts out is powerful and a emotional rollercoaster. But nothing captures his music than seeing him live in concert. If he tours near you, you will not be disappointed.

Keep shining!

David is a brilliant lyricist ! He is addictive on the mind, ears, and soul!!! He needs to get back to the states! Particularly Asbury Park NJ!!!

Austerity Measures

I've heard this amazingly talented songwriter twice live in concert. BOTH times he blew the crowd away. If he comes near your city, go. He is a master at lyrics. If you want to see his looping skills, check out State of the Union.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

As the former frontman of Easyworld, a British indie rock outfit that disbanded in 2004, David Ford established a reputation as a talented singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. He then parlayed those skills into a solo career, releasing the debut album I Sincerely Apologise for All the Trouble I've Caused in 2005. After gaining an audience in his native England, Ford traveled to Texas to play at the 2006 SXSW festival, where a particularly strong performance led him to a deal with Columbia...
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