EP 1 | Out sept 28
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Animal Waves is the lovechild of Robert Wayne Davis. Hailing from Carbondale, IL, a town that is rich with it’s own musical history bordering on cult status, Robert had the blues and rock & roll hurled at his ears from an early age. Carbondale being a college town (Southern Illinois University) there was no shortage of shows to which his parents regularly took him, leaving an indelible musical spark. Soon after the urge to emulate what he was seeing/ experiencing took hold and his parents gladly encouraged the pursuit. The moment a guitar landed in his hands (age 11) he was immediately hooked and never looked back.
At 15, Robert and some friends from the Carbondale area formed a group that quickly gained attention. In just over a year, they were fielding offers from majors and ultimately signed to Sony. At 17, he packed up and moved to Los Angeles with the wind at his back. But after one album cycle, that included touring with the likes of Pearl Jam and Evanecense, and unable to agree on the subsequent musical direction, creative differences settled in and they decided to move on. Soon after Robert sought out studio session work and touring opportunities including time with heroes like Slash, Marc Ford, Waddy Wachtel, Eric Gales and an energetic three year stint with Lauryn Hill. Despite enjoying the time spent earning his stripes, Robert couldn’t shake the feeling of wanting to truly express his own voice, literally and creatively. A body of work that is an exact expression of his personal tastes and attitudes.
Coming off the road, Robert was looking for the space and time to focus on writing and crafting what would ultimately end up being enough material for two full length albums. A friend offered up his cabin in Crestline, CA in the mountains outside Los Angeles that provided the perfect respite for the work to unfold. Teaming up with longtime friend, collaborator and prolific songwriter Nathaniel Cox, together they crafted a batch of fuzzed out, straight ahead rock tunes that have something to say about the state of affairs of the people "without forgetting how to party”. The years spent in the studio paid off when it came time to record. Robert recorded and mixed the first single and EP.
As the recordings started to take shape, the itch to play the material live needed to be scratched. His first call was to old friend and bass player Charles Salvaggio who he knew would bring the right energy, enthusiasm and chops to the music. Finding the right drummer was going to be critical. They knew it would be the difference in conveying the material to it’s fullest potential. Through his manager, Robert was eventually introduced to Matt Zavorski who had just relocated to Los Angeles via Philadelphia. They need not look further. What Matt brings to the table makes this band a true force and they can’t wait to get the show on the road.
When Robert performs he becomes completely consumed by the music, taking him to another place entirely, perhaps drawing from the spirit and energy of his ancestors (he has Cherokee blood on both sides of his family). And although Robert feels like a seasoned performer in many ways, stepping behind the mic for the first time in his life has presented a fresh learning curve, instilling a renewed and elevated sense of excitement and energy. Growing up in the back yard of the Trail of Tears has taught Robert history is never too far behind and there is no better time to sing out than now.
Vocals, Guitar | Robert Davis
Bass | Charles Salvaggio
Drums | Matt Zavorski