Here’s an awesome track by an obscure band from Liverpool that didn’t record a lot. I heard this brilliant song called “The Book” when John Peel played this track on one of his shows. The track is from the compilation album ‘Ways to Wear Coats’ that came out on Brilliant Genius Records in 1986. I think powerpop doesn’t come any better than this!
DaVincis - guitar influenced band in the style of the Replacements, the Windbreakers formed 1984 as The Dream Play, feat; Paul McCormick (voc,gtr), Martin Smith (gtr), Chris Stevens (bass) (later Mugstar, Cicada Falls, Rattlebus), Faith Moore (drms). Changed name to The Davincis in 1985 soon after which Martin Smith was replaced by Martin Ward (ex Redo Zebri later Mugstar, Rattlebus). In 1986 Faith was replaced by Iain Bickle (ex Fire). This line-up had track ‘The Book’ on Brilliant Genius comp Ways To Wear Coats (Vulc.001), rec first John Peel session (Jan87) and rel mini-LP Eating Gifted Children. Iain married and relocated to Canada. 2nd Peel Session (Sep88) and ‘Pull’ single (on Pink Moon) were rec with Steve Ashton on drums. Mike James replaced Martin Ward on guitar for a short German tour (Nov/Dec89). Were on the same bill as Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, My Bloody Valentine amongst others. They also toured France before changing several lead guitarists, operating as a 3-piece briefly, then calling it a day due to one too many runarounds from major labels playeing their last gig in Mar90. Paul McCormick also rel a solo 12″ on Pink Moon ‘Another Day At Home’ & now lives in New York & is a member of Sumac On 08.07.02 The Davincis (Martin W, Steve, Paul & Chris played a reunion gig at The Slaughterhouse).
The Book - DaVincis mp3