David Lane (musician)

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Davey Lane
David Lane.jpg
Performing with You Am I, Kidgeeridge Music Festival, May, 2015
Background information
Birth nameDavid Daniel Lane
Born (1981-01-31) 31 January 1981 (age 37)
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1999–present
Associated actsThe Twin Set, You Am I, The Pictures, The Scram, The Wrights, Crowded House, Jimmy Barnes

David Daniel "Davey" Lane (born 31 January 1981) is an Australian musician. He is the lead guitarist of You Am I (since 1999),[1][2] and lead singer-guitarist of The Pictures (from 2001).[1] He was also a guitarist in Australian supergroup, The Wrights.[1]


As a teenager Davey Lane transcribed the guitar parts for Australian alternative rock group, You Am I's, website.[3] He provided lead guitar as a session musician for the group's founding mainstay Tim Rogers on his debut solo album, What Rhymes with Cars and Girls, which was released in March 1999. To promote the album, Rogers formed The Twin Set as his backing band, with Lane: were Jen Anderson on violin; Ian Kitney on drums; and Stuart Speed on upright bass. When You Am I reconvened in July that year, Lane joined as a second guitarist for the band.[2][4][5]

Lane's first recorded work with You Am I is their live album, ...Saturday Night, 'Round Ten, which was issued in September 1999.[4][6] It had been recorded at the Casa del Resaca Warehouse in Richmond, in July.[4][6] His first studio album with the group, Dress Me Slowly, appeared in April 2001.[4][7] Australian music journalist, Ed Nimmervoll, felt that Lane's addition was "an important change" as it gave the group "extra guitar bite both on stage and in the studio".[4]

Also in 2001 Lane formed a side-project, the alternative rock group, The Pictures, with Leigh White on bass guitar and Brett Wolfenden on drums.[8] Their debut single, "You'll See", appeared on the Illustrious Artists label that same year.[8] They followed with a four-track debut extended play, I Dealt a Rollercoaster, in 2002.[9] Fist2Face's reviewer describes their work as the "sound of the modern world colliding with blood, sweat and wood to create timeless, melodic rock music. High on total energy yet grounded by killer hooks and playing".[10] Craig Mathieson of The Sydney Morning Herald noted their style "alternated between impassioned Neil Young workouts and Who-like eruptions".[11]

In January 2004 Lane was nominated as Best Lead Guitarist at the inaugural Jack Awards.[12] In October that year Nic Cester of Jet organised a charity project, The Wrights, to raise money for Australian musician, Stevie Wright.[13][14] The supergroup recorded a cover version of Wright's signature song, "Evie", which was an 11-minute hit single from 1974.[13] Lane provided rhythm guitar for Part 1 of "Evie", titled "Let Your Hair Hang Down" and lead guitar for Part 3, "I'm Losing You".[15] On 29 January 2005 Lane performed "Evie" with The Wrights at Waveaid in relief of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, presented at the Sydney Cricket Ground.[16] "Evie" by The Wrights was issued in February 2005, which peaked at No. 2 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[14][17]

Since 2005 Lane has periodically played in Jimmy Barnes' backing band for touring and live recording.[18] In June 2005 The Pictures' debut album, Pieces of Eight, appeared.[3][4][5] Mathieson felt that its "best moments, such as the melancholic 'All My Ties' and opener 'Stupid Me', forsake the usual bravado of first albums for a more reflective tone".[11] In 2007, Lane was again nominated for Best Male Guitarist at the Jack Awards.[19] Also that year he joined Crowded House for their tour in Europe and Australia, temporarily replacing Liam Finn on miscellaneous guitar, keyboard and backup vocal duties. Late in 2008 Lane's groups each released an album: both You Am I's Dilettantes (September) and The Pictures' Kicking Indifference (November).[20]

On 6 September 2013, Lane issued his debut solo extended play, The Good Borne of Bad Tymes, which was supported by a national tour in September and October.[21] The Herald's Jade Lazarevic described its "five tracks are a departure from Lane’s retro rock roots, with synths influenced by '70s groups such as the Gary Numan-fronted Tubeway Army and German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk working their way into the sound and even a 'space rock jam' track".[21] Joined The Stems in November 2017 and toured Europe April/May 2018 for the 30th anniversary of The Stems debt album "At First Sight Violets Are Blue".

In 2018 he, along with his band "The Davey Lane All Stars, toured as the "Drunking Blue Roosters" as backing for American Singer / Songwriter and all round Genius, Todd Rundgren on his Australian Tour.

Movies, television and media[edit]

  • Contributed to the Dirty Deeds soundtrack.[22]
  • Lane has made multiple appearances on talk shows and musical presentation programs such as Rove Live,[22] RocKwiz, JTV (now known as Triple J TV), The Carnival with Roy and HG, The Fat, Studio 22, The Gig, 10:30 Slot, as well as getting the honorable privilege of programming the music video program Rage (ABC) with You Am I in 2006.
  • He is also webmaster and an occasional presenter on Melbourne Community Radio station Stereo 974's Let It Be Beatles program.[23]


Extended plays[edit]

  • The Good Borne of Bad Tymes (6 September 2013)
  • Tymes Two (August 2015)



  • McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Whammo Homepage". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 5 April 2004. Retrieved 4 January 2010. Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality.
  • Spencer, Chris; Nowara, Zbig; McHenry, Paul (2002) [1987]. The Who's Who of Australian Rock. notes by Ed Nimmervoll. Noble Park, Vic.: Five Mile Press. ISBN 1-86503-891-1.[24]
  1. ^ a b c Spencer et al, (2007) 'Lane, David' entry. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b McFarlane, 'You Am I' entry. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Pieces of Eight". Triple J (Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)). 17 June 2005. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Nimmervoll, Ed. "You Am I". Howlspace. White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd. Archived from the original on 17 February 2001. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b Magnus Holmgren. "You Am I". Australian Rock Database. Magnus Holmgren. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  6. ^ a b ...Saturday Night, 'Round Ten (album notes). You Am I. BMG. 1999. 74321701362.
  7. ^ Dress Me Slowly (album notes). You Am I. BMG. 2001. 74321847682.
  8. ^ a b "You'll See" (single, cover notes). The Pictures. Illustrious Artists. 2001. IARC001.
  9. ^ Pictures (Musical group) (2002), I Dealt a Rollercoaster, Illustrious Artists. National Library of Australia, retrieved 13 October 2013
  10. ^ "CD EP – The Pictures – I Dealt a Rollercoaster". Fist2Face. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  11. ^ a b Mathieson, Craig (8 July 2005). "Shiver Me Timbres". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Jack Awards to Honour Live Bands". The Age. Fairfax Media. Australian Associated Press. 14 January 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  13. ^ a b Donovan, Patrick (23 October 2004). "Bands Declare a Truce for Tribute". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  14. ^ a b Drever, Andrew (14 January 2005). "The Word". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  15. ^ "Evie" (single, cover notes). The Wrights. Flashpoint Music. 2005. 7243 8 68837 2 8.
  16. ^ "WaveAid: The Tsunami Relief Concert". WaveAid. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  17. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography The Wrights". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  18. ^ Ewing, Jerry (October 2006). "Jimmy Barnes". Classic Rock. TeamRock. p. 91. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  19. ^ Pascuzzi, Carmine (2009). "Spotlight :: 2007 Jack Awards". Mediasearch: Music, Film & Fashion in Australia. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  20. ^ "The Pictures – Kicking Indifference in Releases". Mess+Noise. Sound Alliance. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  21. ^ a b Lazarevic, Jade (21 September 2013). "Davey Lane New Solo EP". The Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  22. ^ a b "David Lane". IMDb. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  23. ^ letitbebeatles.blogspot.com
  24. ^ "Who's who of Australian rock / compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 4 January 2010.

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