Surprise Me Mr. Davis
Surprise Me Mr. Davis is a band comprised of Brad Barr [guitar, vocals], Andrew Barr [drums] and Marc Friedman [bass] of The Slip, and poet/songwriter Nathan Moore [guitar, vocals]. This will be their third tour with this ensemble, which hatched as a studio project during a 2003 blizzard. The result of these snowed-in sessions was the record Surprise Me Mr. Davis, named after a candid answering machine message from a wrong number. Combining the adventurous musical visions of The Slip with the songwriting and delivery of Nathan Moore has resulted in a rolling and tumbling musical dice game; a vaudeville rock band gone mad.

Surprise Me Mr. Davis ventured into The Breakglass Studio in Montreal for a five-day recording blitzkrieg in early September. Taking a pure analog approach, the group tracked some of their favorite songs from the last couple years as well as a few new ones. The album is a supercharged electro-folk album with many a tender moment. An EP from these recording sessions, Only in Montreal, will be for sale on this West Coast tour.

The Slip's continuing ability to create an atmosphere and a journey through song and show has garnered them a large, growing audience, and has taken them around the world. Each member is a contributing multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who brings unique colors to The Slip's canvas. The Boston trio has whittled down their musical prowess into a powerful Rock and Glow sound that combines pictorial songwriting and instrumental ingenuity. They create deeply moving sonic textures with the slightest gestures and compliment the sound with mystifying and revelatory lyric. This music is an unusually lucid blend of the abstract with the familiar. The Slip is dirty, danceable, lo-fi hi-art at its finest.

As troubadours go, they don't come much truer than Nathan Moore. Nathan has a genuine communion with the lyric and craft of song, and an emotive and experienced voice influenced largely by Dylan, Tom Waits, Bukowski, Leonard Cohen, and years of travel. He got his start in Staunton Virginia, and went on to help form the ThaMuseMeant, a folk/rock/burlesque band that has released many albums, toured the country, and played the H.O.R.D.E tour.

11.14 | The Triple Door | Seattle, WA
11.15 | GoodFoot Lounge | Portland, OR
11.16 | Mobius | Ashland, OR
11.17 | Six Rivers Brewery | McKinleyville, CA
11.18 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA (w/ The Slip)
11.19 | The Sweetwater Mill Valley, CA
11.20 | Moe's Alley Santa Cruz, CA
11.22 | Knitting Factory West Los Angeles, CA (w/ Sara Azriel and Underground Orchestra)
11.23 | Winston's San Diego, CA

[Published on: 11/14/05]

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