Daniel Davies is a Los Angeles-based guitarist, composer, and singer whose music has ranged from hard rock to horror soundtracks.
The son of Kinks guitarist Dave Davies and godson of director/composer John Carpenter, Davies has music and cinema in his blood. He spent much of the 2000s as the singer and guitarist of Year Long Disaster, a band influenced by '70s blues-rock and Southern rock, before briefly joining stoner rock heroes Karma to Burn during the early 2010s. He then kept busy composing music for various films and TV series throughout the decade, in addition to recording and performing with Carpenter, who started releasing non-soundtrack albums and touring in 2015. Davies' debut solo album, the imaginary soundtrack Events Score, appeared in 2018.
Daniel Davies was born in London, and spent much of his childhood on the road with his father's band as it toured across the globe. His family moved to Los Angeles when he was 11, and after his parents split up, Davies lived with Carpenter during part of his adolescence. He learned to play guitar and drums as a high-school student, and appeared on the soundtrack to Carpenter's 1998 film, Vampires. In 2003, Davies befriended Rich Mullins, bassist of the desert rock band Karma to Burn. Following a jam session with Third Eye Blind drummer Brad Hargreaves, the trio formed Year Long Disaster in 2004. With influences ranging from ZZ Top to Iron Maiden, the group built up a local following and signed to Volcom Entertainment in 2007, releasing their self-titled debut that year. They soon toured with Clutch, Turbonegro, and Motörhead, and released their second album, Black Magic; All Mysteries Revealed, in 2010. Also that year, Karma to Burn reunited and toured with Year Long Disaster before the two bands ultimately merged. While Karma to Burn were normally known as an instrumental band, Davies sang on the few vocal-based songs on the band's albums Appalachian Incantation (2010) and V (2011).
Hidden Faces, Davies' self-released solo EP of moody, slightly proggy alternative rock songs, also appeared in 2011. Following its release, Davies briefly joined CKY, replacing former frontman Deron Miller. Davies toured with the group in 2012 and returned for a 2015 performance, and had begun to record new material with them, but was unable to continue participating in CKY due to other commitments. Along with Geno Lenardo, he recorded much of the soundtrack for the 2014 film I, Frankenstein, and co-composed the score for 2015 horror-comedy Condemned with Sebastian Robertson. He also recorded music for several TV series and films, including a cover of Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation" for Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Most notably, Davies worked with John Carpenter and his son Cody. The trio recorded Lost Themes, the director's first album of non-soundtrack material, which was released by Sacred Bones in 2015. The album received critical acclaim, and was followed by Lost Themes II in 2016. The trio toured behind the releases, marking Carpenter's first-ever live performances, and revisited some of the director's signature tunes on 2017's Anthology (Movie Themes 1974-1998). In 2018, Davies released his first solo full-length, Events Score. As with the Lost Themes releases, the album isn't a soundtrack to an actual film, but it evokes the synth-driven scores of the '70s and '80s. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi