|Dates connected with James:||1989+|
Birthday : 29 January
Dave was born in Kent and moved to Holyhead on Angelsey aged nine with the rest of his family. Even with a history encompassing many locally well-known Welsh bands such as The Modernaires, It’s Immaterial and Pink Military Stand Alone, Dave was very reluctant to audition for James when he was recommended to the band after Gavan left in late 1988.
Tim pursued Dave after being told by his clairvoyant to watch out for a “Dave from Wrexham”. In the end, the band offered to pay for a van to bring Dave and his gear and his family over from Wales to audition. Dave was “streets ahead” of the other drummers James had auditioned and was offered the job, his first show being at Newcastle University in March 1989.
In the early years, Dave was frustrated by the band’s insistence on rehearsing in the heat of the afternoon, stories of Dave working all night on his parts or on mixes abound from both the Laid and Whiplash sessions.
According to the rest of the band, Dave is the most difficult to get to know of the band and has an extremely dry sense of humour. Brian Eno described him as dependable, the one member of the band always pushing the envelope and seeking a way round logjams with his dry and frank nature.
The 1992 acoustic tour where most of Dave’s equipment was taken away and he was pushed forward on the stage brought his drumming ability to the fore with audiences regularly applauding his drumwork which became much more pronounced in the sound.
Dave maintains an interest in dance music, being part of the Money project, working on a drummer only project with the drummers from Catatonia and Stereophonics and following the local rave culture in North Wales closely.