AUK has had a longstanding love affair with the music of Drew Danburry and that’s about to blossom into its latest iteration with the release of not one but two new albums. ‘Icarus Phoenix’ is due out early September but in the meantime he’s released an album of “b-sides” from the record, most of which are so strong in their own right you almost bridle at the thought of them being “B”s and not “A”s. The opening track is called ‘Expulsion Papers Unearthed, For Micah Again or Forever’ and Drew tells us: “This song was written about the murder of John Beckley at the Clapham Common in 1953. It incited the beginning of Britain’s first post-WWII rebellious teen culture known as the Teddy Boy and rock and roll. It’s also inspired by the first song I ever wrote with Micah Dahl Anderson which has never been released (cause this version is better?)” Having never heard it we don’t know, but it’s better than most things you will hear this week.
What a way to end the week! We have been delighted to bring you lockdown live performances from great artists around the world, giving you a chance to catch some excellent shows from the comfort of home. For today, the great Drew Danburry has shared two new songs exclusively with AUK. Both performances are stripped back versions 0f songs from Danburry’s upcoming album, which will be released on 8th September. The new band/project and album, ‘Icarus Phoenix’, will be released on cassette only. Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Drew Danburry”
2019 – what a f-king year (and that word is being censored for you daily digest readers). Sometimes music was the only respite there was from the sheer abject misery and terror of the outside world. Sometimes nestling down with a mug of cocoa and some good americana was the only thing that blotted it all out (spiced up with about 5 shots of vodka). These are the ten songs that kept my sanity intact throughout the last 12 months. Continue reading “AUK’s editor chooses his favourite 10 tracks from 2019”
When a super prolific songwriter has to cull their catalogue for a career compilation, leaving most of their carefully fashioned pieces on an effective second class pile, it must irk. Drew Danburry’s task of reducing his 400+ songlist to just 25 tracks must have been a true labour of love. The only real criteria would be to give an overview of his sound to potential new listeners, and presumably (and hopefully) make it accessible, because Danburry is diverse, disparate and often wilfully challenging. Continue reading “Drew Danburry “Danburry 2003 – 2018” (Independent, 2019)”
We leave you this week dear reader with something very special indeed. Sometimes a song comes along that just blows you out of the water and this is one such moment. Drew Danburry owns and runs a barbershop in Provo, Utah, and first came onto my horizon when he played a house gig at my place back in around 2004. To say he made an impression is to understate the evening. Continue reading “Video premiere: Drew Danburry “Mediocrity, For Micah Dahl Anderson””
“The children are called in from their play to drive and drudge beside their elders to and from their pitiful homes …. nearly any hour you can see them – pallid boy and spindling girl – their faces dulled, their backs bent under a heavy load of garments piled on head and shoulders, the muscles of the whole frame in a long strain…” Observed in New York City by poet Edwin Markham in 1907, and quoted in Howard Zinn’s classic text A People’s History of The United States, this signposts that Drew Danburry is a thinker. Continue reading “Drew Danburry “Pallid Boy and Spindling Girl EP” (Independent, 2019)”