Dave Marsh – East Coast Noise

January 2009 : CD Review

The Joel Plaskett Emergency’s Dave Marsh releases his quirky debut solo effort, the first release on Plaskett’s new label, New Scotland Records.

The record is interesting. It comes across almost like a scrapbook of songs that weren’t necessarily written or recorded together with the intent of releasing them as an album. They range in length from a minute and a half up to nearly four minutes and they run the gamut from the punk-leaning “The Way We Live Today” and garage rock of “Move You Around” to the mellow, funky title track, the dreamy pop of “I Know Nothing Anymore”, moody acoustic number “Got No Kids Of Our Own” and the just plain odd “Nav Com Tav.”

Marsh has quirky lyrics, a diverse batch of songs and sound that overall isn’t too removed from the Emergency’s own material. A few of the songs here could have been pulled from Emergency albums, such as “Backstreet Thread” and the excellent ’70s pop of “Forsaken By The Beautiful People” and “The Smoke Easy.”

The record was produced by Marsh and Plaskett and the Emergency frontman plays a lot of the instruments on the record.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable record by a talented songwriter stepping out from the shadows of his full-time gig.

By Eric Lewis / East Coast Noise