Yes, Dave Matthews. Dave Matthews Band has a new album called Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King that drops on June 2nd. In tandem with the record release is a 4-part documentary on Fuse called The Road to Big Whiskey. I was an assistant editor on it.
I know what you're thinking: "Dave Matthews Band sucks. Well, they don't suck. I mean I like a few of their songs, but I'd never buy a CD of theirs. Wait, I have a CD of theirs. But they're definitely not the best live band ever."
Before I started on the project I too was skeptical of DMB, claiming they had one good song ("What Would You Say") and one okay song ("The Space Between"). But as I watched more and more live footage, I realized that every person in the band is an extremely talented musician. While I still feel their hardcore fans overrate them as the pinnacle of live performance, I have come to appreciate the band. Call me a fag if you must.
Onto the new album: Dave has been quoted in multiple publications as saying, "If you don't like this album, you don't like music." (I actually read that before I started on the project, and was curious to hear it 'cause that's a bold statement.) Another Dave quote, which you won't hear: "If you don't like this record, you're a fucking retard." So I had to listen, both my musical taste and intelligence at stake.
The verdict? I haven't listened to all of DMB's records yet, but Big Whiskey does have some really good songs on it. "Shake Me Like a Monkey" is even pretty awesome. "Why I Am" and "Seven" are other standouts. Sorry, but I'm not allowed to leak any tracks.
So be sure to check out The Road to Big Whiskey, airing in 4 parts on June 2, 3, 4, and 5 at 8pm on Fuse. I'll be posting a mega-blog about my LA trip soon enough.