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Davey Beige - EP Review: Rise Above

05 May 2022 // A review by Roger Bowie

Davey Beige comes straight out of the blocks on his new EP Rise Above. 80 In A 50km Zone is just what it implies, we’re off and running at almost top speed, even though “Life goes way too fast”. A song for the boy racer in everyone and one which announces clearly where Davey Beige is coming from and going to.

It’s not the colour of his suits. It’s what he calls electro-rock, to which I’ll add a touch of pop and a touch of retro, guitar based 80’s rock. The title track Rise Above chugs along with a cool guitar hook which is straight out of Aussie Rock (they called it garage).

Dave Bishop used to rock the Auckland scene as the guitarist for the Peter Stuyvesant Hitlist and the uniform was, you guessed it, safari beige suits. Probably watched the cricket as well. The suits are gone now, apparently, but the name lingers on.

Nowadays you find Davey as an academic and teacher at Toi Ohomai in Tauranga, exploring the concept of prosody (the science and the art of how lyrics and music combine) with his students and the subject of his Masters thesis. Cerebral, is Mr Beige.

Let It Go isn’t cerebral, it’s another form of road hog, the type Ric Ocasek would have been proud to perform with his Cars. But with all the energy and speed, it’s not surprising that Davey slows it down a little as The Clock Has Stopped which is where he’s at with his retro rock sound. Exquisite guitar solo on the outro leaves you gasping for more. Four songs doesn’t make an album but the promise of this small collection is out there for something bigger to follow.

Davey Beige’s EP release Rise Above is out this Friday May 6th on Spotify and Bandcamp. You must listen.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About Davey Beige

Davey Beige is a singer-songwriter who plays blues, rock and electro-rock. At one time over a dozen beige suits filled his wardrobe. A majority of this historic menswear collection featured fawn safari suits and these were the genesis for his stage name. This was back in the day when he and his band The Peter Stuyvesant Hitlist were performing at many a corporate Christmas party in Auckland and beyond. Currently Davey’s name still remains however the safari suits have been upgraded for rock’n’roll threads.

Davey’s new EP Rise Above is set to be released in April of 2022 and the four songs on it are shaped by his recent passion for electronic synths and drum machines. Davey collaborated on the music with experienced producer and musician Zed Brookes. Over the previous two years Zed and Davey shaped the songs by swapping music files, rough demos and computer tracks. The result as Davey describes the ep is ‘electro-rock’. Davey says, “The songs just kept on getting bigger and bigger as we added more guitars and electronic instrumentation. Sometimes this approach dosen’t always work but as we added more sounds and flavours the tracks felt really epic, so at a certain point we just went with it.”

With over thirty years of professional experience as a guitarist, songwriter, singer, teacher, columnist and performer Davey has worked with many notable New Zealand artists including John Rowles, Bunny Walters, Fiona McDonald, Peter Urlich, The Topp Twins, Dave McArtney, Jackie Clarke, Harry Lyon, Don McGlashan, The Grand Central Band and Riqi Harawira. Previous Davey Beige releases are Fold In Two - Full length album, 2007; Hard Work - Four track EP, 2014; Beginners Mind - Full length album, 2017.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Davey Beige


Beginner's Mind
Year: 2017
Type: Album
Hard Work
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Fold In Two
Year: 2013
Type: Album

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