Indie, Pop, Roots
bill callahan, Tallest Man On Earth, Kurt Vile
David Craft - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Synth. Ed Smith - Electric guitar. John Brown - Drums, percussion. Maddy Blue - Bass, Vocals.
Tom Waits, John Prine, randy newman
“David Craft took the stage and stole the show. That man’s voice could thaw Greenland.”
– Zoe Barron, The Music
Winner of WAM’s “Best Folk Act” of 2014 David Craft has been a strong face in the Perth music scene for almost a decade. He has seen his fair share of audience attention and critical success in his own projects (David Craft, Big Old Bears, The Lazy Railway) and at the mercy of bands he has dabbled in previously (Abbe May, James Teague, Rabbit Island). These days, David focuses solely on his own solo project, surrounding himself with a wealth talented musicians and producers to guide his grand imaginings to fruition.
Craft laid the foundation for his first solo project on strong ground, stemming from the achievements of his previous bands; the most notable project would be heading up Big Old Bears, alongside Nathalie Pavlovic. Formed in 2010, Big Old Bears climbed fast in notoriety; supporting The Waifs and The Handsome Family, and playing Blues n’ Roots and Fairbridge Festival in 2011.
Leaping into 2014 with his first solo EP Smokey Lungs & Dirty Puns, Craft garnered support from critics and public alike; RTRFM describing the release as “so powerful, raw, mystic, at times angry and sensual”, along with a four star review in The Music, deeming it “a fantastic start”. A fantastic start it was, with David going on to support the likes of Tim Rogers, Dustin Tebbutt, Marlon Williams, Melody Pool, Abbe May and Luluc. Abbe May herself went to social media, describing Craft as having “one of the most perfect voices I have ever heard.. combine this with his incredible lyrics..masterfully written songs and beautiful backing band.. boom.". Feeling much at home in the city, he also toured and lived in Melbourne for a sizeable portion of 2014.
After a few months of relative silence, David Craft is emerging from recording with his long time producer and collaborator Aden Senycia (Flower Drums, Dianas, Nick Allbrook). The newly recorded tracks “tell stories of the past and less about the present” according to Craft. His live set has also transmuted from guitar heavy riffs to sprinklings of synth and pre-recorded samplings. Bringing his new sonic imaginings to fruition are the incalculably talented musicians Maddy Blue (Heathcote Blue, AJ Wigwams), John Brown (Odette Mercy and her Soul Atomics, Mei Saraswati Band) and Ed Smith (Sidewalk Diamonds). The first single from this bout of recording Milked Out is set to be released on the 3rd of October 2015 at The Bird, with a string of national touring dates to follow.