Dave McCabe


Wednesday 17th May 2017

David Alan McCabe

What do you do?
I'm a musician, singer and songwriter.

Describe your style in three words?
Simple, easy, comfy.

Which subcultures have had an enduring effect on you?
Grunge, 60's psyche. At school I was obsessed with The Kinks and The Beatles but I also always loved and listened to Nirvana and Sonic Youth as well. It played on my emotions for a while. I thought you had to be one or the other, but as I got older, I realised you can like it all, men, women the f*ckin lot.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
I'd like to spend an hour with Quentin Tarantino I think he likes a chat. I also reckon he has some pretty good jokes and that he makes up stories as he goes along. He'd be an interesting man to have a pint with.

Another you? Any other career that would have appealed?
I always like to think I would've been a Chef or Airline pilot, but in reality, I probably would've sold drugs and gone to jail like everyone else. So, basically, music kept me on the straight and narrow and out of the clink.

Best Gig you have ever been to?
My first gig was Smashing Pumpkins with The Verve supporting them. I was only 11 years old... mind blown!

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite, and why?
I've got to say the Royal Court, Liverpool was and is probably one of my favourite ever venues to play. I saw a lot of bands there whilst growing up. So, to eventually play there myself it really meant a lot to me plus I thoroughly enjoyed it as well.

Dave McCabe is perhaps best known as the frontman of The Zutons, who broke onto the scene in 2004 with their album 'Who Killed... The Zutons' and released two further successful albums in 2006 and 2008. The band enjoyed success with a string of hit singles that included 'Valerie', 'Oh Stacey (Look What You've Done)' and 'It's The Little Things We Do'. 

'Valerie' was famously covered by Mark Ronson in 2007 for his album 'Version', with the lead vocals provided by Amy Winehouse, reaching number 2 in the UK charts.

Since The Zutons disbanded, Dave has performed as Dave McCabe & The Ramifications and currently in his new band Silent-K.

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