Artist Spotlight: Bad Veins
Ben Davis is the brains and talent behind Bad Veins. If you haven't given it a listen, please do. Davis captures the best elements from rock, pop, alt and indie and rolls it into one wonderful kick-ass musical package.
1. I’m afraid to ask, but where did the name, Bad Veins come from?
I was in bands all through high school and college, and I always found it difficult to find people that were dedicated and would stay focused on music. Sometimes they would think that a career in music was just a 'pipe dream' or they just weren't as passionate as I was. Anyway, when a band member would leave, I would feel like I couldn't keep the band name that we had, like it wasn't mine anymore. So I decided I would start making music under my own name, so no matter what happened, no matter who quit, no matter who came and went, no
one was going to be able to take the name away for me. But with a name like Ben Davis, it didn't exactly have the pizzazz I might hope for.
I've always been a fan of puzzles, riddles, word games, anagrams, cryptograms etc. At this point, I feel like I may have already answered the question.
2. Your single, “Under the Cover” is so reminiscent of some of my favorite ‘80s and ‘90s songs. Who are your musical influences?
Much like just about anyone you meet on the street, you ask them what kind of music they like and they say "everything." I can relate. I think that as I dig through music, new and old, I'm constantly looking for something that tickles my brain and some kind of new or interesting way. In the process, I and up obsessing over calypso, old blues records, folk, '90s hip-hop, '60s jazz, kind of all over the place.
But through all of these genres, I think the common thread is some element of pop structure and melody. Recently I got a couple vintage synthesizers I'm using a ton. Who knows, I might fall in love with xylophones, I mean there are a ton in these calypso records. Also, The Beatles. The answer is always The Beatles.
3. I understand you have an interesting band member, “Irene.” Explain her role in the band and how she came to be.
Irene is a 1973 Pioneer reel-to-reel tape deck. She's been with me since the beginning. She does a lot of the orchestral heavy lifting on stage.
4. You’ve been out this summer promoting your new single. What is your most memorable moment of the tour (good or bad)?
I don't know that any one singular event stands far above the others, but I think the never ending change in scenery, people and places add up to a memorable collection. I've made friends all over, and I've seen hundreds of tourist stops all over the country. From the Corn Palace in Mitchell South Dakota to marching through Times Square with my keyboard under my arm, sometimes I feel like Forrest Gump.
5. What’s next?
I'm working on a whole new live show, with a whole new record, with a whole new group of musicians. God only knows.
Shameless Plug: What would you like our readers to know?
Oh lord. I feel like a motherless child a long way from home.