Babylon A.D. frontman Derek Davis has released the self-titled debut disc from his southern blues rock band Moonshine. The album was produced by former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, who also provides backing vocals, at Eddie Van Halen’s 5150 studio.
Of this six-member band of wandering brothers — Derek Davis (vocals), Creg De Falco (guitars), Buzzy James (slide guitar), Mike Norton (bass), Brian Fox (drums) and Mike Malone (piano and harmonica) — not one can be called a “Fortunate Son”. And many a times they’ve played their “Last Song” in a hot tin-roofed juke-joint to a sweat soaked packed house. The crowd dancing and drinking a secret recipe of their very own corn whisky that some call “Mamas Kitchen Brew”. It’s “Southern Blood” that runs deep through the veins of these boys, and when they rip through one of their songs like “Turn Me Around”, the blistering bottle-neck slide guitar, hellcat harmonica, piano, drums, bass and firey vocals all come together in a electrifying and powerhouse sound of hi-octane fervor and colorful story telling.
The blues has not, and will not ever “Fade Away” if this band has its say. So punch your ticket and take ride on “The American Train” and groove to the music of the band Moonshine.
On March 26th Babylon A.D. Will release the new four song EP entitled ‘Lost Sessions/Fresno CA 93′ worldwide. The EP contains three songs never released, and recently rediscovered, and the bonus track “Bang Go The Bells’ redone by the band. The band will follow up the release with selective live dates starting in April.
“A couple months ago I was going through an old chest that I have with old memorabilia and a lot of different CDs and bands I played with and I ran across a cassette and it was labeled Fresno ’93,” vocalist Derek Davis recently told Xsite Radio’s Gorilla Cookie Show. “I was going through everything, kinda reminiscing — I put it on and said, ‘holy shit man, there’s some good songs here’. So I passed it to the guys to see what their take on it was and everybody was like, ‘wow, this sounds like how we sounded back in the day. We should put this stuff out’. So we had a meeting and decided to put it out — it’s going to be out in March. Its three songs we did in Fresno plus we’re putting a new version of Bang Go The Bells on there so it’s going to be a four song EP.”
“What’s interesting about this little group of songs that we’re going to release is — when you’re coming up with material for records the record company rejects things left and right,” continued Babylon A.D. drummer James Pacheco. “We must have recorded… and I know Derek himself probably recorded at least 50 to 100 tunes and these three happened to be written within the band. It was one of those things that we went in and did it and then it was rejected and forgotten about. So, when Derek pulled the tunes out, we were all, ‘holy shit this stuff sounds great! Why didn’t this make the record?’ There was one tune that we did that we only played in the studio. We learned it in the studio and then we laid it down in a couple takes — it’s Love Is A Mystery. It’s the last one on the EP. It’s a ballad and its pretty cool.”