If our good friend The Internet has provided us anything great along with the giant glut of daily distractions, it's the ability to get some deep insight into the creative processes of our favorite artists. I was a big fan of the work of power pop giants Superdrag back in the day, but it's been incredible to be on board with the new creative bloom of frontman John Davis as he works on new music for his current main project, The Lees of Memory. Davis is as vibrant and excited about writing songs as he is sharing the process with his fanbase, and manages to share photos of his mountains of gear and the home demo'ing process, tracking in the studio with the rest of the band, his paintings and strolls down memory lane to his earlier years without teetering into oversharing territory. Davis is also an avid user of Bandcamp, and has dropped loads of 4-track demos, covers, B-sides and other hidden gems onto his High Bias site (most for cheap or free). The Lees of Memory are in the process of finishing up album no. 2, and Davis recently posted Cobalt and Chrome, a collection of songs that were demoed but didn't make the cut. As per usual, Davis' scraps are a feast for the rest of us. Stretch out your downloading finger and go get some treats.
If you happened to miss our podcast conversation with John Davis, head over to listen to it, too.