After over a decade of experience as guitarist to one of Australia's much-loved rock groups You Am I, Davey Lane is going solo with his debut EP The Good Borne of Bad Tymes, scheduled for release September 2013.
Since joining You Am I at the tender age of 18, Lane has notched up six albums, ARIA award, numerous world tours and shows with rock icons including The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Strokes.
Lane's former band The Pictures released two albums; Pieces Of Eight, a Triple J Album of the Week, and Kicking Indifference which received rave reviews including the following from The Daily Telegraph - "The second album from You Am I guitar slinger Davey Lane is a revelation of ambition, master songwriting and superb musicianship. It's the album Jet want to make and the one Oasis tried to with their last effort."
In addition, Lane has been a fierce musical collaborator throughout his career. In 2005, Davey was asked by Jimmy Barnes to perform and record with him as lead guitarist, a role (schedule permitting!) he continues to fulfil to this day. In 2007 he contributed his talents as multi-instrumentalist to Crowded House's international tour. More recently he has toured with Lanie Lane, Jim Keays and Evan Dando (The Lemonheads). In 2004, he also joined Chris Cheney (The Living End) as guitarist for rock supergroup The Wrights whose version of Stevie Wright's song Evie debuted at #2 on the ARIA charts. He currently features as the sole solo artist on Nuggets: Antipodean Interpolations of the First Psychedelic Era, Warner Brothers Records' tribute to the legendary Nuggets compilation.
His songwriting and recording collaborations are just as impressive and all-embracing, including co-writing with Jimmy Barnes, Jim Keays, Nic Cester (Jet), and hip-hop artist Phrase (on the 2011 Triple J hit Apart). He has featured as a guest on TV's Rockwiz and has been the subject of several articles in Australian Guitar Player magazine.
In February 2013, Davey released a free downloadable demo track, You’re The Cops, I’m The Crime, showcasing a new sound. Just a glimpse of what this Melbourne musician had installed, with Musicfeeds describing it as ‘a cornucopia of influences, all interwoven into a fresh new vibe for Lane’. The demo version quickly made headway on radio, ranking #8 on the AIRIT Now Charts within its first week and receiving spins on triple j and community radio nation wide.
The track garnered support from Street Press tastemakers, ‘Beat Magazine’ and ‘Drum Media Perth’, both selecting the track as Single Of The Week. It also gained great feedback online, with many blogs and major music websites such as Fasterlouder, Tone Deaf, themusic.com.au and Mess + Noise championing the track and being selected for numerous mixtapes.
‘A dark sliver of pop with one of those great single note quasifunk-guitar riffs through the verse and a big, sweeping chorus replete with plenty of synth pads that add a kind of lush feel to the song.’ – TheMusic.com.au
With so many achievements already received for the demo track, Lane re-recorded You’re The Cops, I’m The Crime, refining it and making it his first official single. Teaming up with renowned hip-hop producer M-Phazes (Kimbra, Bliss n Eso, Drapht) and producer Tony Buchen (John Butler Trio, Tim Finn), the official version of You’re The Cops, I’m The Crime is slated for release in August 2013.
Taking his new material on the road, Davey started off 2013 on a high note, nailing a support slot for indie rock legend Bob Mould on his sold-out Corner Hotel show in March. Following this, Davey embarked on a national Australian tour in support of ARIA nominated artist Bob Evans in April/May before landing a covetable support slots for international rock icon Todd Rundgren around Australia.
Lane’s debut solo EP, The Good Borne of Bad Tymes, is scheduled for release in September 2013.