Songwriter, performer and recording artist, David Garside’s finely-crafted art-pop is delivered with delicacy and passion.
It can be difficult in these times to make yourself heard above the noise and it’s never been David’s style to fight to the front with brash sonics or fashion statements. His palette is ‘traditional’ – clean guitars, keyboards, bass, strings, horns, jazz-inflected drums – all tastefully arranged without anything ostentatious.
David steadily refined his craft on the vibrant acoustic scene in his native Birmingham, delivering his reflective songs with pure voice and confident command of the guitar.
Collaborating with many fine musicians in various line-ups, David has produced several collections of his songs and performed on numerous UK tours.
Backed by a rhythm section and string quartet, David’s first collection of songs – Take Control (2004) – introduced his unique writing and arranging style. He set out his stall with a clear intention: to produce distinctive material with integrity and honesty.
A brass section joined the string arrangements on 2008’s Modern Mediaeval, a rich, ornate album of chamber pop. From the stomp of ‘We Share The Same Space’ to the reflective ‘Soulful Numbers’, the album successfully realised David’s art-rock vision with signposts to his next CD in the long-form title track.
David’s latest full-length album End Of The Pier was released in 2012 and is his most ambitious yet cohesive collection to date.
The orchestration which had so far characterised his work was stripped away, showcasing a tight, four-piece band playing his often complex compositions. The cornerstone track – ‘Good Hope’ – is 10 minutes of courageous time changes, lyricism and melody.
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