Dave Evans, the original vocalist and co-founder of AC/DC releases his new EP Nothing to Prove via Rocksector Records on 3rd March 2014. The EP contains a cover of blues classic Baby Please Don’t Go and three original tracks which Dave has co-written with guitar player Chris Appleton from Abslova, who plays on this EP along with Abslova colleagues Dan Bate and Martin McNee, Dave’s UK Badasses. Logo and cover art by Rishi Mehta and cover photography by Simon Dunkerley.
If you know and like Dave’s earlier albums, such as Judgement Day and Sinner then you will probably love this EP too. The opening track Put Up or Shut Up is a bit Rocking in the Free World by Neil Young meets Free by Wishing Well with added screaming riffage and a great refrain. Dave has got his detractors. I reckon this was fairly aimed at them with the lyrics ‘You’re just a back stabber and I’ll make you pay, so Put Up or Shut Up’ this EP could be a bit of a life story, as the next track I Believe with the chorus ‘I believe in Rock n Roll Music’ continues the story. Dave has been singing in bands for over forty years and has, therefore, proved that he does. Will you or I still be rocking at sixty. On my part, I hope so but, only time will tell! Another great track with a good rhythm and riffs.
Reach for the Sky has a hard and fast rocking opening with yet more great riffs. The fourth track is a cover of Big Joe Williams’ Baby Please Don’t Go which was first recorded in 1935 and has since been covered by many artists such as Them, Budgie, Aerosmith and of course AC/DC. Dave covers this in shows to this day and during his last UK tour the song included a fantastic guitar duel by Chris Appleton and Chris Needham here. On the EP there’s another duel going on, this time between Dave’s vocals and Chris’s guitar. The ideal opportunity for both to showcase their talent! Even if you’re not a big fan of Dave Evans it’s worth listening to the EP for this track alone.
Nothing to Prove is a superb rock ‘n’ roll EP from Dave Evans, King of All Badasses and AC/DC’s original singer. I have met Dave several times and he’s actually a really great guy, he’ll come and speak to the fans and pose for photos and whatever anyone’s personal opinion, Dave was AC/DC’s first singer, there at the beginning and a part of the band’s history so in that respect he really has got Nothing to Prove!
1: Put Up or Shut Up
2: I Believe
3: Reach for the Sky
4: Baby Please Don’t Go
Dave Evans – Vocal
Chris Appleton – Guitar
Dan Bate – Bass
Martin McNee – Drums
Dave Evans – Put Up or Shut Up on Youtube:
Louise’s interview with Dave Evans for PlanetMosh: https://planetmosh.com/dave-evans-interview-february-2014/