Dfactor, Plainfield Butchers, and Roxy Dioxide to Perform Tuesday at Yucca Tap

Categories: Q&A, Show Preview

Courtesy Dfactor
From left to right, Gary Martin, Dave Murrow and Stew Hall.
Local musician Dave Murrow is a man with the magic hat. One minute he puts it on, and in a rhythmic whirlwind of sound, he becomes Dfactor Dave, front man of power pop rock band Dfactor. Or he can use it to reach in and channel his inner John Lennon to lend his vocals to a Beatles tribute band. On most days though, he's the brain behind New Times' 2011 Best Indie Music Blog, Waved Rumor. And sometimes he can just be Dave; jacked up on ginseng.

He's what Guy Ritchie might call "a real rock 'n' rolla."

On Tuesday, November 8, you can catch Dfactor Dave, drummer Gary Martin, and bassist Stew Hall, the esteemed trio that make up Dfactor, for a free show at the Yucca Tap Room. They'll be joined by Tempe rockers Plainfield Butchers and Roxy Dioxide from San Diego.

We caught up with Murrow to chat about his music and the secret behind his ability to juggle so many duties. Read on to learn more about New Times Music Editor Jason Woodbury's role in the formation of this version of the band, and what you can expect to hear at Tuesday night's show.

Up on the Sun: So let's start with Dfactor. What's new with the band? Can you talk a little about what you've been working on?

Dfactor Dave: We've been playing a lot and recording. So that's good. The band's called Dfactor. I've built up a pretty strong internet base using that name over the past 10 years or so. When it came time for the band to get together, which we did following the New Times article in March 2010, a couple of guys reached out to me and said, "Hey we want to be in your band, we're a good rhythm section." We started playing together shortly after that.

We decided to stick with that name, just because I had built up a lot of equity online with it and it seemed to fit. I still write all the songs and having the guys with me to play them live has been awesome, because we really have fun rocking.

So you guys came together directly because of that article?

Indeed. I moved to the Valley in '08 and after settling in a little bit, I started to get out and play my songs live, but I was using my own mp3 backing tracks at clubs -- just standing up there banging on my electric guitar. After Jason saw me at Yucca back in '09 or something, he said, "We got to get this guy a band." So I'm forever grateful to Jason for hooking me up with these guys.

[Editor's Note: The idea to write put out a call for musicians to back Murrow came from former editor Martin Cizmar. Both Martin and I were fans of the DFactor sound.]

I continue to write a bunch of new songs. Right now, on stage, we play a couple of songs from our last two CDs, which are up on our Bandcamp site, dfactor.me. Now we've got a bunch of new songs that we've recorded and we play those live too.

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Natty Fox
Natty Fox

Sounds like an interesting guy to hang out with!

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