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EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s a sign of the times when a smart, compelling, and established songwriter like David Mead has to rely on fans to fund an album. Yet that’s the story behind 2011’s Dudes, a release that nonetheless doesn’t show any shortcuts; it’s a well-produced collection that takes a few great turns. The racy “No One Roxx This Town No More,” written with Bill DeMain, tells the story of an ‘80s hair metal dude, while the melody comes straight from Curtis Mayfield. The piano ballad “The Smile of Rachael Ray” finds “a beacon on the bay” in the face of America’s most famous TV cook while the singer’s world falls apart. “King of the Crosswords” cranks up the piano-based power pop. With screeching lead guitar, “Happy Birthday, Marty Ryan” struts with the defiance of late-‘70s Joe Jackson, as Ryan admits the years are piling on. “Guy on Guy” closes in on the deviant area where Ray Davies once excelled. If anything, being fan-financed has let Mead write the toughest and most confrontational songs of his career. A highlight.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s a sign of the times when a smart, compelling, and established songwriter like David Mead has to rely on fans to fund an album. Yet that’s the story behind 2011’s Dudes, a release that nonetheless doesn’t show any shortcuts; it’s a well-produced collection that takes a few great turns. The racy “No One Roxx This Town No More,” written with Bill DeMain, tells the story of an ‘80s hair metal dude, while the melody comes straight from Curtis Mayfield. The piano ballad “The Smile of Rachael Ray” finds “a beacon on the bay” in the face of America’s most famous TV cook while the singer’s world falls apart. “King of the Crosswords” cranks up the piano-based power pop. With screeching lead guitar, “Happy Birthday, Marty Ryan” struts with the defiance of late-‘70s Joe Jackson, as Ryan admits the years are piling on. “Guy on Guy” closes in on the deviant area where Ray Davies once excelled. If anything, being fan-financed has let Mead write the toughest and most confrontational songs of his career. A highlight.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

30 Ratings

Great!

bobbym,

A great new collection of interesting songs! What could be better?

why isn't david mead a household name??

derek webb,

i've been a huge david mead fan for a long time. he's a tough and trustworthy songwriter and one of the finest, most adventurous singers i've ever heard. and one listen to DUDES will demonstrate exactly what i'm talking about. trust me.

About David Mead

Born in New York, singer/songwriter David Mead's family relocated to Nashville, where he spent the majority of his formative years, honing his craft in pop bands such as Verdant Green, Blue Million, and Joe, Marc's Brother. Mead eventually ventured out on his own, collaborating on a demo of his songs with local keyboardist Jason Lehning. The recording subsequently landed him in the offices of RCA Records, where he performed his tunes alone with a guitar. The label signed him shortly thereafter. With the aid of Lehning (credited as associate producer) and producer Peter Collins (Jewel, Brian Setzer), the 25-year-old Mead was given a relatively free hand on his 1999 debut for RCA. The resulting album, The Luxury of Time, is a collection of well-crafted tunes that tap classic writers from George Gershwin and Cole Porter to Lennon and McCartney and Paul Simon for inspiration without ever coming across as contrived or less than fresh. Mead, who moved back to New York at the time of his first recording, cites his years in Nashville for his growth as a writer and for his appreciation of the proverbial three-minute pop song. The follow-up, Mine and Yours was released in early 2001. Indiana, his first release for Nettwerk, arrived three years later. For 2005's Wherever You Are, Mead was joined by legendary producer Stephen Hague (Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Peter Gabriel). North American tour dates coincided the spring 2006 release of Tangerine. ~ Brett Hartenbach

  • ORIGIN
    Syosset, NY
  • BORN
    1973

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