All roads lead to Rome, all cows eat grass and eventually, all sidemen release their own record. Such is the case with bassist Dave DeMarco, currently enjoying his highest-profile sideman gig to date as the newest member of Crack The Sky – the band whose debut record Rolling Stone magazine hailed as the year’s best (in 1975). Additionally, as a session bassist he has landed work alongside some of fusion’s most notable luminaries like Frank Gambale, Brett Garsed, Steve Hunt and Larry Fast. It was DeMarco’s work with neo-proggers Oblivion Sun that exposed him to an international audience via the band’s 2007 debut for Prophase Music. DeMarco left Oblivion Sun in 2009, assembled a state-of-the-art home studio and began creating the demos which lead to Prophase signing him to a solo deal last year.
The working title of DeMarco’s debut solo CD is Everything You Hear; so titled because he plays all the instruments on the disc, including his unwieldy 15-string bass guitar which looks like result of a one-night stand between a medieval lute and a cricket bat. Far from being one of those noodley bass-centric excursions, the record combines his love of Latin jazz, stoner-rock, white gospel and heavy roots rock into a collection that only a mother could love (provided that mom eats acid like Pez).