Some bands work their fingers to the bone, writing, touring, gigging, and waiting with bated breath for opportunity to knock at last. For Benjamin Davis, frontman of the indie rock duo Bad Veins, opportunity kicked down the door and dragged him across the threshold by his shaggy, dirty blonde hair.
“I never really had the plan to have a band. I just like to record, and experiment with recording, and I had been sitting around with a bunch of gear making sounds, working on a solo recording project that I called Bad Veins.” In early 2006, Davis gathered a megaphone, a telephone, several other quirky gadgets, and an inherited reel-to-reel nicknamed Irene, and played his debut gig at a small bar. “Sebastien [Schultz] was actually at that show, and I don’t think he personally cared for it. He walked right past me while I was playing and walked right out the door! For which I will make fun of him forever.”
Despite Schultz’s unintentional spurn, Davis invited him to jam. “I’ve been burned time and time again by people that didn’t want to work, didn’t want to practice. I was really not interested in having another band member, [but] all my friends told me I should ask him to play with me. I’d seen him play and I always thought he was super interesting, so I called him one day.”
The chemistry was nothing less than amazing. “Suddenly, it became something different. It became a band, a very interesting, unique band.” Schultz’s deep, driving beats and stage theatrics perfectly complimented Davis’ atmospheric, instrumental creations and subdued crooning. The two styles meshed immediately.
Despite only having played one live show six months prior, Davis asked Schultz to play with him, opening for Snowden only 3 weeks out. Schultz made it a point to meet up for practice every single day leading up to the show, and the result of the duo’s dedication was an avalanche of prospects.
“We played that first show together, and literally everything started happening for us instantly. We started getting invited to showcases in New York, record labels started calling, managers started calling, and lawyers… It was just a total snowball effect.”