Jed Davis in concert with Sevendys at The Linda in Albany, NY, on June 14, 2011
|Birth name||Jed Ethan Davis|
July 7, 1975 |
Farmingdale, New York, United States
|Genres||indie rock, punk rock, electroclash, alternative rock, power pop|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, keyboardist|
|Labels||Eschatone, Super K, JAXART, J-Bird Records, SonaBLAST!, No Tomorrow, Rockaway Records|
|Associated acts||The Hanslick Rebellion, Sevendys, Skyscape, Jeebus, Space Toilets, Collider, The Congregation Of Vapors, The Deuce Project, Jessica Simpson, Avi Buffalo, Ramones|
Jed Davis (born July 7, 1975 in Farmingdale, New York) is an American musician based in Albany, New York. He sings and plays keyboards as a solo artist and with Sevendys, The Hanslick Rebellion, Skyscape, Space Toilets, and Jeebus, and occasionally with Avi Buffalo.
- 1 Music career
- 2 Eschatone Records
- 3 Discography
- 4 External links
- 5 References
Skyscape and early solo work
As a high-school senior, keyboardist Davis formed the band Skyscape with singer Domenic Maltempi in 1991. Skyscape recorded a CD, Band Of The Week, two years later. After moving to the Albany area to attend the State University of New York at Albany, Davis performed in a solo capacity, self-releasing a demo tape titled Jed Has Too Much Free Time. The demo's 33 songs were recorded on a 4-track cassette recorder by Davis and guitarist Alex Dubovoy in one weekend marathon.
Skyscape is still active, releasing the full-length album Zetacarnosa in 2009 and preparing a reworked version of Band Of The Week for a 20th-anniversary release in 2013.
The Hanslick Rebellion
Davis formed a new band, The Hanslick Rebellion, in 1995 with Dubovoy and bassist Mike Keaney. Known for a live show matched in intensity only by the group's backstage in-fighting, the Rebellion self-released the live cassette the rebellion is here in 1996. The volatile band imploded and ended in early 1997, reuniting for a tenth anniversary performance at New York's CBGB on September 22, 2005.
Davis resumed full-time duty with The Hanslick Rebellion following their 2005 reunion; to date they have released a remastered version of the rebellion is here on CD, a digital EP entitled The Deli Of Life, which spawned a successful online video for the song "You Are Boring The Shit Out Of Me", and a second digital EP, Let's Get To The Fucking, which explores a fusion of rock and reggaeton.
After graduation from UAlbany, Davis moved to Woodhaven, Queens, and began composing in earnest across the musical spectrum, releasing two solo albums, We're All Going to Jail! (1997) and Jed Davis Wastes 8 Years of His Life for Your Listening Pleasure (1999) on Connecticut-based independent label J-Bird Records.
In 2001, J-Bird Records honored Davis with Everybody Wants to be Like Jed, a tribute album which featured cover art by Peter Bagge and performances of signature Davis tunes by an eclectic host of indie artists including Brian Dewan, Daniel Johnston, Anal Cunt, Wesley Willis, King Missile and members of Agnostic Front.
Collider and electroclash
As programmer for the electronica/punk fusion band Collider (formed 1997), Davis was a pioneer of New York City's electroclash movement. Collider's debut album, 1998's Blowing Shit Up, was a mash-up of samples, dance grooves, synthesizers, and rock guitars applied to traditional pop forms and themes. The band's second album, Physics (1999), while still performed entirely on electronic instruments (including the Roland VG-8 guitar modeling system), was a step in a more traditional pop/rock direction, with samples of acoustic instruments employed throughout.
Rise And Shine
Between 2000 and 2005, Davis composed the music and lyrics for a stage musical, Rise and Shine, with librettist Arturo Vega. An attempt to record the musical in album form was aborted after several years of work, despite a voice cast which included Dicky Barrett, CJ Ramone, Matthew Koma, Brian Dewan and Jessy Moss.
WCYF and "The Bowery Electric"
Moving to lower Manhattan influenced Davis's transition from electroclash toward a rawer punk sound, and to that end he began collaborating with some of New York's original punk rockers. Collider's final release, WCYF (2003), was produced by Ramones drummer/producer Tommy Ramone. In addition, Davis's tribute song to Joey Ramone, "The Bowery Electric", brought Tommy, Marky and CJ Ramone, as well as Ramones producer Daniel Rey, together for a historic recording session.
"The Bowery Electric" was released as a single on Spanish label No Tomorrow (2002), and later on the Ramones compilation album The Family Tree (2008).
Post-Collider solo projects
After Collider disbanded in 2004, Davis released a single, "With Love From America", under the band name The Congregation Of Vapors.
In July 2008, Davis recorded 14 songs for a solo album at Chicago's Electrical Audio with engineer Steve Albini. As is customary for Albini recordings, the entire album was captured live to tape as performed by Davis and drummer Joe Abbatantuono. This recording was released on 8-track tape in July, 2011, under the title Shoot The Piano Player.
Davis is enamored of archaic media formats. He released the single "Yuppie Exodus From Dumbo" on cylinder record in June 2010. The limited edition of 50 copies was signed and numbered by Davis and Michael Doret, who designed the packaging.
A number of Davis' finished but unreleased recordings from the Collider era, executive-produced by Dave Fridmann and mixed by Tony Doogan, were compiled and released in 2010 as The Cutting Room Floor. Psychedelic artist Victor Moscoso provided vibrating color cover art.
In July, 2012, Davis released the full-length album Small Sacrifices Must Be Made! on Eschatone Records. Davis' band for the album consists of guitarist Reeves Gabrels, drummer Anton Fig and bassist Graham Maby.
Davis began working with a new band, Jeebus, in 2009. Jeebus includes members of both Collider and the Hanslick Rebellion, plus Reeves Gabrels. The band toured through the American South and Midwest in the summer of 2009, and recorded a 10-song album which has yet to be released.
An ongoing collaboration between Davis, guitarist Avi Zahner-Isenberg and drummer Sheridan Riley of Avi Buffalo, bassist Chuck Rainey and percussionist Jerry Marotta, Sevendys began in December, 2010. The band meets several times a year to record and perform. Since 2010, Sevendys has recorded a dozen songs together, with sessions at SugarHill in Houston, TX, EastWest in Los Angeles, CA and Dreamland in Woodstock, NY. Many of these songs have already been released as digital singles on the band's Web site, music.sevendys.com, and the double A-side "So So Close"/"When I Step Off The Train" was pressed in a signed, limited red 7" vinyl edition by LA label JAXART.
Davis and Zahner-Isenberg are also partners in a noise project called Space Toilets.
Davis is co-founder of the independent folk-punk record label Eschatone Records, which is home to Brian Dewan, Michael Bassett, The Visitors and wax.on wax.off, and has also released material by The Valley Arena.
- Jed Has Too Much Free Time (cassette, 1994)
- We're All Going To Jail! (CD, J-Bird, 1997)
- Jed Davis Wastes 8 Years Of His Life For Your Listening Pleasure (CD, J-Bird, 1999)
- In The Presence Of Presents 2003 (digital-only, 2003)
- In The Presence Of Presents 2006 (digital-only, 2006)
- I Am Jed Davis! (CD, Eschatone, 2009)
- "Yuppie Exodus From Dumbo" (single, cylinder record, Eschatone, 2010)
- CELEBRATION PARTY! (digital-only, Eschatone, 2010)
- The Cutting Room Floor (CD/vinyl, Eschatone, 2010)
- Shoot The Piano Player (8-track, Eschatone, 2011)
- Live At CB's Gallery (digital-only, Eschatone, 2011)
- Small Sacrifices Must Be Made! (CD/vinyl, Eschatone, 2012)
- Band Of The Week (CD/cassette, Low-Sodium, 1993)
- Zetacarnosa (digital-only, Eschatone, 2009)
The Hanslick Rebellion
- the rebellion is here. (cassette, 1995)
- the rebellion is here. (reissue, CD, Eschatone, 2005)
- The Deli Of Life (CD, Eschatone, 2007)
- Let's Get To The Fucking (digital-only, Eschatone, 2008)
- Blowing Shit Up (CD, Eschatonality, 1998)
- Physics (CD, Eschatonality/MP3.com, 1999)
- Amateur Hour: A Global Tribute To Sparks compilation, performing "I Predict" and "Something For The Girl With Everything" (CD, Fan Mael, 1999)
- WCYF (CD, SonaBLAST!, 2003)
- Todos Somos Ramones compilation, performing "I Can't Make It On Time" (CD, Rockaway, 2005)
The Congregation Of Vapors
- "With Love From America" (single, CD, Eschatone, 2004)
- "City Of My Dreams"/"I Hate Love" (single, digital-only, Eschatone, 2011)
- "So So Close"/"When I Step Off The Train" (single, 7" vinyl, JAXART, 2011)
- "Enjoy It" (single, digital-only, 2011)
- "Please Don't Eat Me I Love You" (single, digital-only, 2011)
- "Hold On To Your Soul" (single, digital-only, 2011)
- "Duck And Cover" (single, digital-only, 2011)
- Bandcamp, Wanna Dance?, keyboards (CD, EVLA, 2005)
- Black Queen Speaks, Campeador, keyboards (2011)
- The Bowery Electric Crew, "The Bowery Electric", keyboards/vocals (single, 7" vinyl/CD, No Tomorrow, 2002)
- Ramones, The Family Tree, keyboards/vocals (CD, Rockaway, 2008)
- Jessica Simpson, The Apprentice - The Complete First Season, keyboards (DVD, NBC, 2004)
- Sunday Girl, Sunday Girl, keyboards/vocals/producer (2004)
- TOE, TOE, keyboards (CD, J-Bird, 1999)
- The Visitors, The Visitors, piano/organ (CD, Eschatone, 2007)
- Jed Davis official Web site
- Jed Davis artist page at Eschatone Records
- "You Are Boring The Shit Out Of Me" music video
- Jed Davis biography at allmusic.com
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- "Songs You Need to Download Now!". SPIN 23 (9): 35. September 2007.
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- "The Bowery Electric Crew". RamonesWorld. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- "Cue & Ehh? With The Congregation Of Vapors". Shuffle. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- "New Album: Jed Davis’ "Shoot the Piano Player"". Nippertown. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- "Jed Davis – Yuppie Exodus From Dumbo". Hard Format. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- Allen, James. "The Cutting Room Floor - Jed Davis". All-Music Guide. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- Smith, J. Eric. "Jeebus Brought the Awesome to Albany". TimesUnion.com. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- Eck, Michael (9 June 2011). "Musical chameleon Jed Davis brings Sevendys to The Linda". The Albany Times Union.
- Potter, Josh (3 November 2011). "Walking Mix Tape". Metroland. Retrieved 22 April 2012.