About Dave Derby / Gramercy Arms
Gramercy Arms is a revolving New York based collective of musicians and artists, masterminded by main songwriter/producer Dave Derby (The Dambuilders/Lloyd Cole).
The group has released two full-length albums, their eponymous debut, Gramercy Arms (2008) and The Seasons of Love (2014). Eternally inspired by the artistic heyday of ‘70s and ‘80s-era New York City, Gramercy Arms makes crisp, multi-layered pop rock music filled with hooks and wry lyrics. Dave Derby is busy finishing the bands third record for Reveal Records with the first new song “Tricky Love Stuff” appearing on “Home is Where The Art Is – 15 Years of Reveal Records” Compilation.
Seasons of Love (2014, Reveal Records)
Expanding from the sunny, unapologetically pop approach of the debut, The Seasons of Love widens the musical palette as well as the range of collaboration by featuring Lloyd Cole and Joan Wasser (Joan As Police Woman), Tanya Donelly (Belly, Throwing Muses), Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Kendall Meade (Sparklehorse), Claudia Gonson (Magnetic Fields), Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices), Erin Moran (A Girl Called Eddy), Renee LoBue (Elk City), Kay Hanley (Letters To Cleo) and others. The album was recorded by Dave Derby and Ray Ketchem, mixed by acclaimed engineer Thom Monahan and mastered by Eric Broyhill.
Making the album was not a short process, the album was five years in the making as it took countless hours to schedule the recording sessions with the many contributors…it had to be just right. From the emotionally charged duet Beautiful Disguise where lead vocals are handled by Lloyd Cole and Joan Wasser, their vocal delivery suiting the track perfectly to the soundtrack for the summer single Always In Love backed with the chord laden and anthemic The Night Is Your only Friend, this is power pop of the highest order.
Wistful, joyous, contemplative, cool and triumphant— depending on the track you land on, The Seasons of Love might make you feel it all.
What they said…
“It’s impossible to fight the catchiness …”
– Paste Magazine
“Smart, well-made rock with pop overtones … a testimony to the kind of clever rock and pop that prizes craft, structure and arrangement without sacrificing joy.”
– Wall Street Journal
The Seasons Of Love is one of those glittering, minor pop gems critics and fans will be “rediscovering” in a few years’ time…
– Sunday Express (UK)
“Gorgeous song craft and sun-kissed vocals and laidback power pop – Oh, Gramercy – we’re in love!”
-The Guardian (UK)
Dave Derby and the Norfolk Downs (2007, Reveal Records)
Dave Derby and the Norfolk Downs is the second solo album from Dave Derby the former lead vocalist and bassist of seminal 90’s Boston art-indie band the Dambuilders, frequent Lloyd Cole collaborator, member of Sarah Silvermen and the Silver Men, Mascott and leader of the criminally obscure Brilliantine. Following up on Even Further Behind, his 2003 Badman Recording debut, Dave Derby and the Norfolk Downs continues in the vein of exquisitely understated pop hooks, sophisticated wide-ranging wordplay and nakedly honest songs about love, death and friendship. From the raging rockist histrionics of “Even in Darkness” and Blue Oyster Cult leanings of “Olivine” to the introspective wistfulness of “You Got to Go” and “Never Leave,” … and the Norfolk Downs is a perfect blend of sunny Californian utopian pop melodicism and gritty New York worldliness.
Produced and mixed by Derby, mastered by Ken Heitmueller … and the Norfolk Downs features a song co-written by Derby, Lloyd Cole and Jill Sobule (“Oh True”) as well the gorgeous “Overnight Low”—about the recent passing of a childhood friend—co-written with former Dambuilders songwriting partner Eric Masunaga.
The album features performances by longtime collaborators and bandmates; Lloyd Cole, Jill Sobule, Adam Peters (Echo and the Bunnymen, Flowerpot Men, Beth Orton) Joan Wasser (Joanaspolicewoman, Antony and the Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright) Kevin March (Guided by Voices, Shudder to Think, Those Bastard Souls), Sean Eden (Luna), Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine, Consonant) Ben Perowsky (Joanaspolicewoman, Elysian Fields, Lounge Lizards),
Chris Nakata (Ruth Ruth), Kendall Meade (Mascott, Spinnanes, Helium, Sparklehorse)Rainy Orteca (Joanaspolicewoman, Brilliantine), Jud Ehrbar (Mascott, Reservoir, Space Needle, Varnaline, Scarce), Michael Kotch. (Eve’s Plum, Ruth Ruth, Lloyd Cole and the Negatives), Phoebe Summersquash (Small Factory, Godrays), Vitamin C, Dylan Magierek (Badman Recording Co, Misc) ,Marc Capelle (American Music Club).