I released a bunch of records in the ’90s under my own name and as half of a duo called the Folk Implosion that I co-founded with Lou Barlow in 1993 and left in 2000. I/we worked with both indie and major record labels, including Shrimper, Communion, London, Domino, Interscope, and BMG. Folk Implosion songs have been featured on various film soundtracks, (Kids, Adaptation,) soundtrack albums, (American Beauty,) and TV shows, (The People vs. OJ Simpson, NFL on Fox, 20/20, The Today Show.)
I did not release anything from 2001 – 2013, when I came back with the album Spare Parts in October of that year on the Shrimper label. There is a separate page with more information about this album on this website. I will be releasing a new album on October 20th of 2017 that I made with producer Scott Solter and a new backing band called The Cicadas.
“On his forthcoming new album titled El Pulpo, Davis—currently a public school teacher and activist based in Durham, N.C.—shows he hasn’t lost his thirst for quirky and off-kilter static-pop but the subject matter is no joke. While the infectious melodies are peppered with dense and jarring sci-fi electronics-tweaked textures and layers and manipulated vocals, Davis sings of hot-button topics like corporate corruption in the food industry, immigration, the overflowing prison system and Wall Street greed.” — Brad Cohan, New York Observer, April 2017
“Spare Parts, his first solo record in 16 years, (is) as carefully constructed as Davis’s early stuff was dashed off, so while arrangements are sparse, the space between notes registers as grandly as orchestration on a classic countrypolitan production. Davis stashes a few surprises in those spaces that stop the action like a play within a play—“Blood Feud,” for instance, features a drum solo that sounds like Milford Graves meeting Ikue Mori. He’s always had the gift of freezing a moment, but now he’s placing those snapshots inside narratives as sweeping as the songs’ arrangements.” — Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader, March 2016
GRACE SINGS SLUDGE (Grace Cooper of The Sandwitches)
“Like her most affecting Sandwitches jams and her earlier Grace Sings Sludge material, the hazy “A Man Doesn’t Want” is a deeply haunted, yearning lament, Grace’s eerie, pained vocals wafting like a heartbroken ghost’s moan through rundown motel walls.” – Gorilla vs. Bear
San Francisco based musician/poet who resides in an old convent.