Q&A Scene: Dave Tice

Tell us about your new single/album/tour?

It’s actually a “mini” album, 6 songs that I’ve been performing live with my Sydney band. I wrote 5 of them (one is a co-write with Dennis Walker who produced and wrote most of the songs on the first 2 Robert Cray albums). The other song is an old “Strangeloves” song that I found on an old compilation album. This record was recorded in my friend Jim Finn’s home studio over the course of 2 Saturday afternoons. We aimed for and got the sound of the band live and only did an absolute minimum of overdubs.

It’s always been my philosophy that, if a band can perform live it should record that way too, The temptation to analyse, deconstruct and put down instruments individually generally leads to a too homogenised sound and rarely captures the true sound of a good band in full flight. beside which I think of it as deception. I prefer the truth even if it sometimes is painful.

The upcoming dates in Melbourne in September are a chance for me to showcase the new songs and reprise some of my catalogue to audiences I haven’t faced for quite some time. And an opportunity to play alongside some of Melbourne’s finest musicians too. My Sydney band members aren’t able to travel interstate at this time which allows me this indulgence and I’m very happy to have found a great crew of guys who enthusiastically embrace the songs and concept.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Medium rare Steak with chips, salad and spicy mushroom sauce!!! Why?? It’s a whole meal, good basic ingredients with a tasty sauce.

Which song resonates most strongly and why?

Probably “Waterline” although like most writer/performers all these songs have their own strong meanings for me. As for “Waterline”; I’ve reached a time of my life when I tend to be a bit philosophical, the song is about the impermanence of life and the fact that we’re all a moment away from oblivion at any time and also things as we perceive them can change drastically and unexpectedly at any moment.

Any on the road anecdotes?

In the late 70’s while I was singer of “The Count Bishops” in England we co-headlined a 30 date UK tour with “Motorhead” and all set off in a tour bus from London; the first 2 shows went very well and we headed down to Torquay for the 3rd show with great expectations of the tour being a success. After performing our show in Torquay we retired to our accommodation and had a few post gig drinks; an hour later we were disturbed by an insistent hammering on our hotel room door; opening it we were confronted by “Motorhead’s” road manager in tears. He’d returned after loading equipment to find Motorhead’s drummer in bed with a lady he considered his girlfriend (wrong) and ended up in a fight with said drummer. They both tumbled down the stairs breaking the drummers arm in the process; needless to say the tour came to an abrupt end.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Life and what I see and hear around me generally; my introduction to music was through friends who had collections of early Blues records and those records inspired me to become a musician. The Blues is almost always about the things we feel and experience as human beings and it seemed to me these guys were telling the truth as they saw it, I try to do that myself.

What’s next for you?

After I return from Melbourne I go into rehearsals with a new line-up of “Buffalo Revisited”. It’s my intention to do some shows in 2016 revisiting Buffalo’s back catalogue of 5 albums. I did 3 shows in 2013 that were very well received and since then have fielded many offers to do more. Until now I haven’t had the time but intend to make time next year. It’s quite amazing how Buffalo’s albums have remained so well loved for so long and I think it’s about time I repaid the loyalty of the band’s many fans by performing a selection of them live again.

What’s your scene?

ROCK and Roll Baby.

About Dave Tice

Dave-Tice-2-smIn 1970 Dave formed the legendary heavy rock band “Buffalo” along with co­founder Peter Wells of “Rose Tattoo” fame. “Buffalo” went on to record 5 albums, most of which are now on the must have list for serious collectors worldwide. In a career spanning some 7 years “Buffalo” headlined their own tours Australia wide as well as touring with some of the biggest international acts to visit this country; “Black Sabbath”, “Slade”, “Status Quo”, “Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow” to name just a few. Along the way collecting gold records and Aria nominations and helping to define the style of music now recognized as Australian pub rock. Demand for “Buffalo’s” recorded out­put has prompted the re­release of all their albums in CD format and Aztec music, a Melbourne based record company, began to release the first of 5 re­packaged albums in September 2005 to be followed by 4 more over the next couple of years. Also on re­release are the 2 studio albums recorded by Dave’s English band “The Count Bishops” along with a new EP CD of songs recorded by the band for their last album but not used at the time because of lack of space. In 2005 Ace records celebrated 30 years in business and invited the 4 surviving members to London to perform at the celebration party held at Dingwalls in Camden Town, once the news got out the band was asked to do a public show at the 100 club in London’s West End which sold out in record time. As part of the “Ace” celebrations a DVD was filmed and is now available by special request from “Ace”.

The demise of “Buffalo” in 1977 saw Dave heading for London at the invitation of seminal English R&B punk band “The Count Bishops” who were looking for the front man to complete the line­up on their first album. This partnership spawned a total of three albums and a number of singles and E.P.’s , one of the singles “I Want Candy” making the top 40 in England just before the tragic death of guitarist Zenon DeFleur prematurely halted what had been a steady climb . The legacy of those years can still be found on compilations and “best of” collections available throughout Europe and the world on Ace records. “The Bishops” toured extensively in the U.K. and Europe sharing bills with “Doctor Feelgood”, “John Cale”, “The Clash”, “Motorhead”, “The Stranglers”, “Bo Diddley”, and many more too numerous to mention. Dave’s name also appears as co­writer on two “Doctor Feelgood” songs.

1984 saw Dave return to Australia and, over the next few years, tour with some of the most respected Blues and Rock musicians in the country including Mal Eastick, Phil Emmanuel, Paul Demarco, Harry Brus, Mick Cocks etc. etc. Recording history includes the much sought after limited edition “Headhunters” album “Outlaw Boogie” and more recently, singing 10 songs on the award winning Blues album “Sippin’ and a Sliding” by the Sydney Blues collective known as “The Bar Kings”. “B’B King turned 64 during the Australian leg of U2’s “Love comes to town” tour. To celebrate, a surprise party was arranged aboard the O’Hara Booth, cruising Sydney harbour. The band asked to supply the live music for these legends was the house band from Springfield’s night­ club in Kings Cross. Led by Dave Tice, the Headhunters more than did the job and were joined by B’B for what turned into a 1 & a half hour jam session.”

In 2000 Dave recorded his first “solo” album “Lay Down With Dogs”, which showcases a seasoned performer and songwriter in collaboration with some of the best musicians and writers in the business. Seven self­ penned songs and co­writes with Dennis Walker (Robert Cray Band writer and producer) Johnny “Guitar” Crippen (Dr Feelgood), and Mal Eastick, who also appears as guest guitarist on one track. Other guest performances come from Pete Wells, Mark Evans, John Russell, and a core band featuring Paul Robert Burton (Upright Bass), Paul Demarco (Drums), Steve Edmonds (Guitar) and Mike Gubb (Keyboards). This album currently only available at Dave’s shows.

Recent recorded works have been in partnership with Mark Evans (x AC/DC bassist) as “Tice & Evans” an acoustic guitar duo that held a 15 year residency at the legendary Bridge hotel in Rozelle and ruled Saturday afternoon at the Sandringham hotel, Newtown for 6 years. The duo have recorded two limited edition live CD’s; “Live At The Bridge” and “Live At The Rum And Raisin” now only available by special arrangement, and “Brothers In Arms” the duo’s first Studio album, available through JB Hi­fi shops and at their shows. The duo can also be seen/heard on the CD and DVD of the Bon Scott Celebration Concert held in Perth on which Mark and Dave appear as guests.

Ongoing “Tice” projects include; “Willie’s Blues” (a CD tribute to Willie Dixon) with the 10 piece Sydney blues collective called “The Violent Loves”; #1 on the Australian Blues & Roots playlist charts first month of release. Dave sings, plays harmonica and guitar and co­produced/arranged from inception to finished.

Meanwhile, a back catalogue of 15 albums and a swag of new original songs have motivated the formation of “The Dave Tice Band” a 4 piece powerhouse currently featuring Peter Walker on lead guitar; Charlie Farrugia on Bass and Chris Tag on drums.

A new EP/CD will soon be available with an album planned for 2013. The band opens up opportunities to perform material unsuited to acoustic guitars; hey we all like to Rock and Roll too!

As a solo acoustic performer Dave has regularly featured in the monthly “Dinky Di Acoustic” sessions at the Camellia Grove hotel Erskineville; at the Vanguard in Newtown and recently as featured live performer on “Song Writers Across Australia” broadcast on TVS.

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