Davies West are a Melbourne-based folk outfit that are fast presenting themselves as a unique offering in the contemporary music scene. Their member mix is an eclectic one: a stoutly father with a penchant for anecdotes, a handful of jazz musicians, and a folk singer trying to keep a lid on it all. This dynamic informs a style that borrows from many and isn’t easy to categorise, but is nevertheless brought together by their musicianship.
So what can you expect to hear? Well, they first and foremost promise energetic, rootsy music hinted with bluegrass. Vibrant mandolin lines dance along a steam train of steel-string guitar, double bass and drums, and given voice by rich 4-part harmony. Contrast this with the softly spoken stories of the band members – who all co-write the lyrics and music – illuminate them with Alex Attrill’s vulnerable lead vocal, and you have a diverse, exploratory sound that is simple and creative at the same time.