Sure we’ve heard about you before, but we think it’s time for Tone Deaf to get to know you a little better. Slip in to something comfortable while we put on some music, pour us a couple of drinks and turn the lights down low.

Who are you and what do you do in your act?

I am Davis. I play the guitar, do some singing and handle the Investment Property Portfolio for the Australian Rock’n’Roll combo, Front End Loader.

‘Fess up. What records have you stolen from your parent’s record collection and why?

From memory, the most interesting choices were “Popcorn” and an album of duets by Kenny Rogers and Cleo Lane. No, I’m not making it up and the answer to your question is; none records.

What’s on heavy rotation on your iPod right now?

I do not have an iPod. On my car stereo I’m currently listening to The Bronx, Grand Fatal, The Cancer Bats and Dune Buggy Attack Squadron. That last one isn’t actually true but Jeff O’Connell said if I did say it, he would buy me a beer. Jeff, you owe me a beer.

‘Home taping is killing the music business was the catch-cry of the record industry in the 1970s, but it managed to survive until now. What do you think is the difference between mates taping copies of friend’s records back in the 80s and 90s and file sharing now?

In theory, very little. In the real world, it’s probably much easier to do and, most strikingly, vastly easier to share on a very large scale. If the top end of the music industry had ploughed their millions into becoming early-adopters of the available technology and had worked on making it an easy, cheap and natural thing to buy music online as it became possible to do so (instead of spending said millions on lawyers), it’s possible there would be a very different dynamic today. Maybe not, but it was a tactical blunder from a business point of view. Idiots.

You must answer this question honestly or we steal your rider. What was the first gig you went to? Where was it and what was the venue?

First Concert – Crowded house – State Theatre
First Rock Concert – The Hard Ons, Lansdowne Hotel. I was 16, I think and I had no idea this type of music or show existed. It began for me, there.
Kindly note that if you ever touch our Rider, we will kill you.

What’s your favourite site to download music from and do you ever pay for it? Can we find any of your releases there?

I do not have one , but I’m glad you asked about our releases. Check this out !!

What artist made you want to pick up an instrument and/or sing?

My memory’s not so good but it would no doubt would have been before I found Rock Music and would have been extremely daggy. Billy Joel maybe? Or are you meant to just bullshit and try and look cool? If so, put down KISS, I definitely remember pretending to be them at 7 or 8 years old.

Have you ever been arrested?

This reminds of that question on the application for a US Travel Visa where they ask if you’ve ever been involved with or plan to be involved with an act of Genocide. Er… I will say no… Hi Mum!!

Do you have any particular ritual before you go on stage, or even a lucky charm you take with you?

Of course!! Having been developed and tested over many years, that’s not a trade secret I’m willing to divulge, though. You need to figure that shit out yourself…

What’s been your most outrageous rider request?

A Slippery Dip. The Annandale Hotel did not provide one but did come to the party on our back-up request; two couches and some blankets so that we could build a band fort.

Right, let’s get really intimate. Tell us what releases you have that we can listen to with the lights down low, or even better, where we can see you play in person next.

Our brand of Cock-Emo (similar to cock-rock in intent, showmanship and ego but also, you know, eeeemo man) does not discriminate; whether it’s as light as a Bernard Fanning single or as dark as Peter Kostic’s soul, there’s a song for every occasion.
Many of these songs are on releases that you can buy from us at a show and you can see the F.E. Loader Band perform ……

Friday May 6 Jive Adelaide
Saturday May 7 The Tote Collingwood
Sunday May 8 The National Geelong

Friday May 13 Cabbage Tree Hotel Fairy Meadow
Saturday May 14 Bizzos Carringbah

Friday May 20 Step Inn Brisbane
Saturday May 21 Spotted Cow Toowoomba
Sunday May 22 Great Northern Byron Bay

Thursday May 26 Mona Vale Hotel Mona Vale
Friday May 27 Annandale Hotel Annandale
Saturday May 28 The Junkyard Maitland
Sunday May 29 Great Northern Newcastle

Friday Jun 3 Rosemount North Perth
Saturday Jun 4 Indi Bar Scarborough
Sunday Jun 5 Mojo’s Freemantle