Dave McCabe

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Dave McCabe
Dave McCabe at The Brixton Academy, London with The Zutons.
Background information
Birth name David Alan McCabe
Born January 1981 (age 37)
Whiston, Merseyside, England
Genres Indie / Rock
Labels 1965 Records
Associated acts The Zutons, Tramp Attack, Dave McCabe & The Ramifications, Mark Ronson
Website http://facebook.com/davemccabefm/

David Alan McCabe[1] (born January 1981) is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist, formerly the frontman of The Zutons and member of Tramp Attack.


McCabe was a member of Liverpool band Tramp Attack with Brookside actor Kristian Ealey. The band released their debut single "Rocky Hangover" in 2001,[2] before McCabe left to form The Zutons. The band released 3 albums, before quietly disbanding in 2008.

In 2008, McCabe collaborated with singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore on the song "Old Soul", which appeared on the album Liejacker.[3]

In 2010, McCabe co-wrote the Mark Ronson single The Bike Song, which appeared on the producers 2010 album Record Collection.[4]

In 2012, McCabe provided vocals along with the likes of Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams to The Justice Collective Hillborough charity single, a cover version of "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother".[5][6]

In 2015, McCabe launched his solo career with the release of his debut album Church Of Miami on 1965 Records. In contrast to previous output, the album isn't guitar based and has been compared to the likes of Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode[7]

Personal life[edit]

In September 2012, McCabe was found guilty of assault after headbutting and breaking the nose of a 23-year-old student in Liverpool city centre.[8] Reportedly provoked by the victim and his friends laughing about his girlfriend's coat, McCabe claimed he was protecting himself after the group surrounded him. The victim maintained that McCabe lunged at him after overhearing the group laughing[9] He was given a community order and ordered to pay the victim £1,500 plus court costs of £3,500.[10]



  • Church Of Miami (2015)


  1. ^ "McCabe, David Alan". BMI Repertoire. Retrieved January 16, 2018. 
  2. ^ Editor. "Tramp Attack Interview -". Defnet Media. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  3. ^ Long, Chris. "BBC - Music - Review of Thea Gilmore - Liejacker". BBC. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Mark Ronson reveals Dave McCabe writing session secrets – video". NME. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' Single - News". Beverley Knight/retrofuzz. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  6. ^ Macdonald, Neil (4 December 2012). "Watch Hillsborough Justice Collective He Ain't Heavy video in full". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "The Zutons' Dave McCabe announces new album Church Of Miami". Gigwise. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "The Zutons' Dave McCabe found guilty of assault". NME. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  9. ^ Michaels, Sean (22 September 2010). "The Zutons' Dave McCabe broke man's nose 'in self-defence'". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  10. ^ "Zutons singer Dave McCabe ordered to compensate headbutt victim". The Daily Telegraph. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2018.