That was the news in 2017 when the archaic rocker and guitarist recorded his first ever studio album «Negative Boogie» the conventional way, kind of. (The record was picked up for distribution by Ba Da Bing Records, Brooklyn). As for hiring his band for this historic first-time event: «I just called up some friends and whoever answered the phone was in the band. (Currently, it’s Jim Schroeder, guitar; Tom May, bass; Kevin Donohue, drums) And then we got some beer.» Stubbornly sticking with his famous «low-fi styling» which translates to pulverizing and blasting new life into by now anemic genres like blues and garage punk, by way of adding psychedelia and jackhammer guitar play and serenading with a Jack White-kind of vocals. Earlier on when living in Omaha via Nebraska, (he’s doing his thing in Los Angeles now), Dave was already a local hero for having the balls to cover Lou Reed’s «Berlin», The Stones’ «Goat’s Head Soup» and the Fab Four’s «Beatles For Sale», from first note to last, playing all instruments on the records himself. Homecooked so to speak in his «makeshift studio» and his fans lapped it up.
Ok, so what, Mr. Nance is doing studio albums now, slick will never be part of his shtick, he and his band are the quintessential live performers. Which includes a Sonny Sharrock wild and punky jazz guitar (Sonny, all of NYC misses you) and does anybody remember Blue Cheer? As for his lyrics, there’s the song «DLATUMF Blues» («Don’t Look At This Ugly Motherfucker Blues»). You listen to the rest yourself and you’ll agree: Never let good taste get in the way of profound words.
«David Nance is a classic rocker. We don’t mean he plays classic rock but that he embodies it with a longhaired, feedback-slinging, getting into the groove, cymbal-smashing vibe that’s custom-made for tape hiss freaks and vinyl crackle aficionados.» – BreakThruRadioTV, 2017
Dave Nance and cohorts, live at El Lokal. He’ll rock your boat. Or sink it.