Ethan & The Reformation are a five piece Psychedelic Rock band formed in September 2015. A chance meeting between Singer/Rhythm Guitarist Ethan Dundavan Davies & Lead Guitarist Mick Mack at Germany’s “Wonderwall Festival”, who were both performing alongside the likes of Jefferson Airplane, soon lead to the pair seeking a complete line up. Ethan’s school friend Samuel Parker soon joined on Keyboard and supporting vocals, with James Cordeiro following on Bass shortly afterwards. The lineup was completed when Thomas Oliver Gorton joined the band on drums after meeting Ethan on the local Manchester Circuit.
Previous gigs include slots with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown in Milton Keynes and Manchester outfit Cupids, who, fresh from touring the UK with Blossoms, invited Ethan & The Reformation to support them at their sell out show at Manchester’s The Deaf Institute.
The bands debut release ‘Hollandia’ (as premiered on BBC Radio Manchester) and the rest of their material was recorded at Manchester’s Vibe studios and was produced by Dean Glover and studio owner Martin Coogan, former frontman of The Mock Turtles and brother to legendary Manchester comedian, Steve Coogan. The tracks were mastered by Pete Maher, who’s impressive roster includes The Rolling Stones, U2, Jack White, Noel Gallagher, The Killers, Beady Eye, Paul Weller and many more.
What genre of music do you consider your band to be?
Our music is a modern slant on late 60’s psychedelia, our first tune is more towards the rockier end of that spectrum, you know channeling the energies of cats like Hendrix and The Doors, but it’s such a broad and beautiful genre and that allows us to tap into many of the different elements of it, from in your face rockers like ‘Hollandia’ to happy hippy acoustic sunshine pop in the form of one of our unreleased tunes ‘The Sunflower Children’.
Who are your major influences?
Our major influences include The Beatles, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The 13th Floor Elevators, Tommy James & The Shondells and Jefferson Airplane.
How did you meet?
Ethan & Mick met in Germany, whilst performing at a festival alongside Jefferson Airplane, James and Tom had previously been in a band together that had played in the same circles as Ethan’s first band and Ethan & Sam had been friends in high school and played music together frequently, so it was just a case of bringing everyone together in a rehearsal room and seeing what happened really.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
We have a few upcoming gigs, we’re playing One Day/One Love at The Live Room on March 25th. The night after that we’re heading up to Middlesborough to do our bit for Teenage Cancer Trust performing for the fantastic “March of the Mods” fundraising campaign and then the big one, our first headline show at Manchester’s The Eagle Inn, which we can’t wait for, tickets are selling fast so it’s shaping up to be a great night.
Who writes your songs?
Our usual writing process will be that I’ll write a tune, bring into the rehearsal room where we’ll develop the arrangement etc together.
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Do it! There are few things that satisfy the soul as much as the feeling of making music with your friends, there’s a camaraderie you develop that’s like nothing else, a band of brothers and sisters, it will be one of the greatest things you do in your life.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
Anyone wanting to gain access to our music can do so via our Facebook where we have a link to our Soundcloud profile, or via our website. www.ethanandthereformation.com
What does the future hold for you guys?
Who knows what the future holds, for us we just want to bring our music to as many people as possible, to fill their hearts with love and good vibrations.
The only team to support if you’re from Manchester… United of course. I hold a season ticket in the Stretford End, the rest of them don’t have too much of an interest in football, apart from James, who likes to pretend he’s a City fan.
San Francisco by Scott McKenzie
Top of The Pops:
Commenting on the state of current music is always a dangerous can of worms to open, but I will say that for me when I look at popular music it seems to be mainly based on marketability and the selling of sex to susceptible teenagers rather than artistry and talent, that’s more a criticism of the industry than the artists themselves I suppose, I mean a lot of people in that situation would sell their soul to the major labels for the all the trappings of fortune and fame. Society in general is all too caught up in this concept of “celebrity”, the world we live in isn’t a very wholesome place, as a population I think we’re largely very shallow and for me a lot of popular music reflects that.
It’s difficult to find things I like on the high street really, men’s fashion in general these days is very plain, very safe you know but there’s some really great small companies out there at the moment that I really dig, making some real far out stuff. I’ve recently had garments commissioned by The Perfumed Garden and KuKu Creations both based out of Leicester, their work really is stunning, I’d recommend them to anyone with flamboyant tendencies.
A nice pointed ankle boot with a Cuban heel, you can’t go wrong with a Cuban heel.
Bourbon Old Fashioned
Gig you wished you’d been at?
I’d love to have seen The Doors in Miami on March 1st 1969, their gigs were notoriously wild, but this one in particular was legendary, I mean who wouldn’t want to see Morrison’s member?
That’s easy, I think you already know who I’m going to say. Jim, obviously.
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