David Vandervelde

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David Vandervelde
David Vandervelde - Lollapalooza 2007.jpg
David Vandervelde at Lollapalooza, 2007
Background information
Labels Secretly Canadian

David Vandervelde is an American indie pop songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He is known for his solo work and his studio collaborations with Wilco's Jay Bennett. Vandervelde is a multi instrumentalist/ singer songwriter/ recording engineer/ producer. He plays drums, piano, guitars, bass and various analog synthesizers.


In 2003, Vandervelde moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he began recording local bands and friends in his basement studio. When Fonic Records heard the demo Vandervelde recorded for indie-pop songstress Brie Stoner, the label signed Brie, pairing Vandervelde with ex-Wilco guitarist Jay Bennett to produce a debut at Bennett's Pieholden Studio in Chicago. After the album's release in 2004, Vandervelde began living at Piehoden, working with Bennett on solo work and other recording projects.

Living and working at Pieholden, Vandervelde began a writing and recording streak that would provide the bulk of the material on his debut solo record. During this fruitful period, Vandervelde played on the Jay Bennett albums Bigger than Blue and The Magnificent Defeat.

In 2007, Secretly Canadian Records released the first David Vandervelde solo album, The Moonstation House Band. Culled from the one-man band sessions at Bennett's studio, the album won praise for its winning melodies and dense arrangements. Vandervelde's sound drew comparisons to T-Rex.

Following its release, Vandervelde relocated to Brooklyn, New York. In 2008, he released his sophomore effort, Waiting for the Sunrise. In April 2008, he established a permanent home in Nashville, Tennessee


Jacket/Murder in Michigan [EP][edit]

Released only as a 7" record and as a digital download on November 21, 2006, on the Secretly Canadian label.

Track listing[edit]

Track # Track Name
01 "Jacket"
02 "Murder In Michigan (Acoustic)"

The Moonstation House Band[edit]

His first full-length album, The Moonstation House Band, was released as both a CD and LP on the Secretly Canadian Label in January, 2007. From this, he launched a six-week tour.

Track listing[edit]

Track # Track Name
01 "Nothin' No"
02 "Jacket"
03 "Feet of a Liar"
04 "Corduroy Blues"
05 "Wisdom From a Tree"
06 "Can't See Your Face No More"
07 "Murder in Michigan"
08 "Moonlight Instrumental"

Waiting for the Sunrise[edit]

His second full-length album was released on August 5, 2008. It was released on the Secretly Canadian label.

Track listing[edit]

Track # Track Name
01 "I Will Be Fine"
02 "California Breezes"
03 "Hit the Road"
04 "Old Turns"
05 "Someone Like You"
06 "Knowledge of Evil"
07 "Cryin' Like the Rain"
08 "Need for Now"
09 "Lyin' in Bed"
10 "Waiting for the Sunrise"


Vandervelde toured the United States in March and April 2007 as a tour release for his first album, The Moonstation House Band, along with Secretly Canadian Performing Artist, Richard Swift.[1][2]

He played Lollapalooza in Chicago in 2007, and the FuckYeah Festival in Los Angeles in 2008.

He is currently touring the US, playing with Father John Misty and opening the shows as one half of the duo Tess & Dave.


He helped mix and master a limited edition release on Joyful Noise with Tim Kinsella. The project was called "Tim Kinsella Sings the Songs of Marvin Tate by Leroy Bach featuring Angel Olsen". The album was mixed in Leroy Bach's home studio in Humboldt Park, Chicago and was limited to 1000 copies on splatter vinyl.


  1. ^ "Richard Swift Sells Out Inc". Richardswift.us. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20070226174349/http://www.davidvandervelde.com/shows.php. Archived from the original on February 26, 2007. Retrieved March 13, 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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