3 April 2013

Dave McPherson the InMe frontman goes folk

New Album ‘Dreamoirs’ out June 3rd
On Northern Music

Over the past decade Dave McPherson has been consistently touring, creating
music, and fully uplifting engrossed audiences across Europe. But only fairly
recently has this been as a fully formed solo artist. New album ‘Dreamoirs’ offers
the complete and sublime intellectual capacity of this gifted and truly hard
working songwriter.

It was in 2007 that Dave first started strapping on his acoustic guitar, hopping on
trains around the country and couch surfing his way into the ears of listeners who
were eager to see a true live artist do his thing. The use of the term “true”
shouldn’t be ambiguous, but for qualification in this instance it is used to describe
a performer with a soulful and technically gifted voice, an intricate and passionate
style of guitar playing, and one who uses these skills to great effect on an
abundance of self penned material.

Dave himself has tasted the mainstream with his band InMe a decade ago,
playing major festival main stages and touring the world when he was just 19. It’s
a completely different world to the one that he currently – and happily it should be
added – exists in. This self-confessed Star Trek obsessive is more than happy to
embrace his inner geek and in truly modern style spends hours a day noting
lyrical ideas in his iPhone, researching ideas and singing newly formed melodies
to himself in the street. Dave is comfortable in his own skin; whether that is
touring pubs, large venues with the likes of Charlie Simpson and Devin Townsend
or festivals like Download and Beautiful Days in search of new listeners, fine ale
and old friends on the road.

After a number of DIY EP’s taken out on tour at a point when Dave was fast
approaching 700 solo shows, 2011 saw him truly enter the realm of the solo artist
and release ‘The Hardship Diaries’ via Pledge Music. The fan-fuelled label provided
the perfect platform for Dave to engage with his supporters and they responded
by pushing him through the 100% target of sales in a few days and smash well
and truly through 200% in a matter of weeks. The album was a very personal
collection of songs, exemplifying Dave’s songwriting ability in a way that his
previous work never really could. In a music industry that many say is beginning
to disregard the album format, Dave showed that this medium is still the most
accessible and important way to gather together a true representation of what an
artist is all about.

None of this is to say that Dave is not open to creative ideas and challenges in a
bid to get his music heard, and it is here that we can unequivocally return to the
notion of “hard work”. 2013 is to be the busiest year of Dave McPherson’s career
as he embarks first on ‘The Good People Movement: 365’ – the mammoth task of
writing and recording a song every day of the year. This in itself is quite a
challenge, but when you consider that he will do this during the year when his
second solo album is released and toured, you can really comprehend that “hard
work” is certainly a relative term. What is apparent with Dave McPherson,
however, is that he sees this as his passion – music has long since absorbed and
consumed him to the point of it feeling like a way of life, not hard work.

‘Dreamoirs’ will be officially released in June 2013. The concept of the album is, as
the title suggests, based around dreams. It is also an album that sees full band
instrumentation (performed on the record by Dave himself, no less) and his
supporters will be given the opportunity to hear these songs live in some rare full
band Dave McPherson performances this summer. Whereas ‘The Hardship
Diaries’ was essentially a “break-up” record, at times rushed and spontaneous,
‘Dreamoirs’ is reflective and explores more subject matter: it’s a focused record
that Dave has put a considerable amount of work, thought and passion into

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