Members: David Andrew Smith
"Man, that's good stuffall the way around A very unique original sound."
With roots in everything from Christian rock to 80's R&B to classical Western European compositions, a David Andrew Smith show is bound to raise some eyebrows. Covers? Sure, he'll do covers Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, and even Boyz II Men and Bel Biv Devoe appear in Smith's exhaustive list of proven crowd-pleasers. But it's his original work, which Smith himself has accurately dubbed "skeptic rock," that tends to be the focus of his magnetism.
By 1994, a burdensome childhood had placed a battered and weary 14-year-old Smith in the middle of the grunge era, where the soundtrack for the angst-ridden included the glaringly emotive dirges of Kurt Cobain and Billy Corgan. It was in these songs that Smith quickly discovered a passion for music as intrinsic as his burgeoning need for reflection and insight. "Lots of people would listen to that music and be like, 'Man, that's depressing how can you listen to that?' But I didn't find it depressing at all," Smith recalls. "All I could think was, 'I'm not alone. Somebody else has felt or is feeling these same emotions, has gone though the same thing.' That was quite inspiring to me, and made it easier to cope, and I wanted to have that same effect on people."
But Smith's musical talent wouldn't allow for wallowing in a puddle of "complaint rock." Over the next several years and several bandsincluding the popular eastern-shore locals Truesetto (www.truesetto.com)Smith continued penning his own works, which have often been incorporated into the set lists for all of his collective musical endeavors. Leaving himself open to inspiration from other artists beyond the Gen-X set, including Led Zeppelin, John Cage and Anton Webern, Smith has created an original style that encompasses nearly everything: alternative, pop, rock, jazz, folk, and R&B.
Despite an estimated collection of about 200 finished original songs, it was only recently that Smith took on the challenge of going solo. "I have increasingly felt the need to have something separate to call my own, aside from relying on other musicians in a band," he notes. Truly, a musical safety net is entirely unnecessary for Smith: his impeccable technique is remarkable enough, but the addition of a relaxed stage presence and a sincere desire to connect with his audience makes every solo appearance thoroughly engaging.
Smith's eclectic style proves accessible to nearly every musical taste, creating the perfect platform for his sometimes raw, always arrantly expressive lyrics. Though Smith claims no set method to his writing process, he does admit to maintaining a theme throughout his workthe same theme that inspired him to pick up a guitar 11 years ago. "The message varies sometimes," he explains, "but overall, my lyrics often pose questions in some way, signifying different degrees of doubt."
"Overall, I hope my music is unique and entertaining, but I also hope it will provoke thought, provide insight into the human experience, and encourage dialogue," Smith continues. "My goal for every show is for the audience to find my music interesting and intriguing, to have a good time, and come back to hear more."
In his former band, Truesetto, David opened for such national acts as My Chemical Romance, The Used, The Bouncing Souls, Thrice and The Pietasters. In June of 2006, he was selected to perform at the Millenium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA. His song, "Bound," was chosen to appear on the compilation CD for the conference, which features 38 of the 300 acts performing.
You can find more information about David Andrew Smith at www.davidandrewsmith.com.
Biography by Kim Girton