Delaney Davidson and Barry Saunders met in a church. They were sound-checking for the Churches Tour with Marlon Williams and Tami Neilson. Barry playing old gospel songs and Delaney chugging out his signature blues trance thump.
The connection was immediate.
Barry joked about being fused together by lightning in a deal made in blood forever. Davidson's ears pricked up.
Since then they have toured NZ a few times together and produced an album of songs.
“It felt like something that just needed to happen. It felt right.” Says Saunders about the songwriting push these two have wrought into being. “I was just throwing these words and ideas at Delaney and watching them bounce off his head.”
Davidson agrees, “Yes it was all pretty quick, these songs just started appearing out of the kitchen air and we were grabbing them as fast as we could. It has a realness and truth to it. An immediacy that is hard to find in music. Real songs about real things.”
Saunders is a master of localizing the subject, and you can relate to the songs. Guitars in hallways, people on the street, dark smoky parties. These aren’t about some lofty ideal or rooted in glossy production. Its blood on the floor. Davidsons production brings his trademark immediacy to the game and gives these songs sparkle and grain.
The result? “ Its a manic and barnstorming balance, at times when we were singing we couldn’t tell whose voice was whose, it all just melded together, I’d be singing in Barry’s voice and him in mine..” Says Delaney. “it must be that deal in blood we made... “
This balance is a constant on the album both artists strongly represented by their work and values. It has the rocking strength and dark power of Davidson previous work naturally paired with the heartfelt, straight dealing and traditionalism of Barry’s past. The fact that we are both heavily into songwriting provides a classic feel and a thread throughout these 9 songs.
Word Gets Around is out on April 26th.
Word Gets Around Tour
May 3 Auckland. Wine Cellar with Band
May 4 Wine Cellar as Duo
May 5 Leigh.Sawmill Café with Band- Matinee
May 10 Paekakariki. St Peters Hall with Band
May 11 Wellington. Meow with Band
May 17 Christchurch with Band at Blue Smoke
May 18 Dunedin. The Cook with Band
Tickets from www.undertheradar.co.nz