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Dave Davies hits the road to support 'I Will Be Me'

With a brand-new album in hand, Davies talks about how his family helped get The Kinks going, as well as his relationship with bandmate and brother Ray.

By Mike Greenblatt

I guess I should say a few words about my debut blog. Nah. Let’s just cut to the news.

Dave Davies of The Kinks is currently supporting his upcoming solo album, "I Will Be Me" (available via Cleopatra Records) with a mini stateside. His three-night residency at City Winery in New York City wraps up tonight. Davies also is slated to perform at:

Dave Davies Kinks guitarist

Dave Davies is on the road to support his latest solo effort, "I Will Be Me." Publicity photo.

May 30, 2013: The Bull Run, Shirley, Mass.

May 31, 2013: Infinity Hall, Norfolk, Conn.

June 1, 2013: The MusikFest Cafe, Bethlehem, Pa. (that’s right around the corner from me; come tell me you read my debut blog, and I’ll buy you a drink!);

• June 2, 2013: Narrows Center for The Performing Arts, Fall River, Mass.

• June 4, 2013: Hudson Square Music and Wine Festival, New York City

• June 6, 2013: Sainte Rock, Hermosa Beach, Calif.

• June 7, 2013: The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

• June 9, 2013:
The Canyon, Agoura Hills, Calif.

• June 11, 2013: San Diego County Fairgrounds, Del Mar, Calif.

More dates are expected; we’ll post them as they are announced. Dave will be fronting the Los Angeles band The Jigsaw Seen (minus its lead singer) for the duration of the tour.

The album is everything you’d expect from a Kink, especially its lead guitarist. “Little Green Amp” is a loud, rude ode to the box he originally cut up with a razor to get the distortion that made his riff for “You Really Got Me” one of the greatest rock riffs ever. “The neighbors next door never heard nothin’ like this before,” he sings is a classic Davies whine, sounding more like his older brother Ray than ever.

“In The Mainframe” includes a tip of the hat to another Kinks Klassic, “Set Me Free.” His voice breaks with emotion like never before on “When I First Saw You,” a male-female duet with a spoken-word recitation. The crash ’n’ bash opening of “Erotic Neurotic” is almost worth the price of admission (Dave refuses to act his age throughout this stunning “comeback”). “Walker Through The Woods” is spiritual, mysterious and contains traces of world-music from India. The opening guitar riff to “Remember The Future” is right out of Muswell Hillbillies.

So the album is strong. So are his comments, the entirety of which will be published in the print edition of an upcoming Goldmine. Here’s a sneak peek of what the legendary lead guitarist had to say…

“We were lucky enough to grow up in a really supportive family. They grew up in the Second World War. We’ve got six older sisters. I was the baby. It was me and Ray. Always. Me and Ray. We were always encouraged to take up music, whereas a lot of my friends at school bragged, 'Well, I’ll have a real job by taking up accounting.’ We were lucky, in that respect. Ray and I couldn’t have ever got The Kinks together if it wasn’t for our wonderfully supporting family. Our family became so inspirational to us that they became the subject of many of our songs.”

Speaking of family, here’s what he had to say about his notorious lifelong relationship with his older brother Ray Davies. It’s heartbreaking.

"He’s always trying to beat me down. He’s been doing that since he was 7 years old. If he started to ever accept the prospect of having a really talented, clever, intelligent, beautiful, better-looking younger brother in his life, then maybe the whole atmosphere of our relationship would turn into something really beautiful. I think he’s been so plagued by me for some reason and you’re going to have to delve into his psyche for why.”

You won’t want to miss the complete conversation coming soon in an upcoming issue of Goldmine. See you here with a new blog in two weeks.