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Davola forges own way

Davola forges own way

Who: Davola
Where: Clubhouse Hotel
Author: Anthony Scully
When: Friday November 10, 2000

When brothers SCOTT and LLOYD KELLETT from Newcastle band DAVOLA were growing up in Tamworth, the pair were avid fans of big-hair theatrical metal bands from the 1970s.

But Davola, playing on Friday night at the Clubhouse Hotel, Maitland, sound nothing like any of their earliest influences

Lloyd, who plays drums and synth drums, says he was a huge fan of glam rockers KISS, while his brother Scott, on bass and vocals, rocked out to LED ZEPPELIN. 'None of our influences really come out in our music,' Lloyd said.

Davola's sound is still evolving, moving on significantly from the sound of its debut CD FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY released in 1999.

For the Kellett brothers, and guitarist WADE BAILEY, the electronic, heavy metal and art rock fusion of Davola is their first and only foray into music.

'We only started playing four years ago, and we've never played any covers. Maybe that's why we don't sound that much like our influences,' Lloyd said.

One thing they do share with their idols is a sense of theatricality, bizarre lyrical themes and dressing up in weird and wonderful costumes.

'(One of the songs) SURFACE RUST is about someone a bit messed up in the head, but they seem fine on the surface,' Lloyd explained.

'WEED THE PEOPLE out is about weeding out the people you don't like, I guess.'

With the addition of friend NICK SULLIVAN on 'synth and samples' in May this year, Davola is ready to enter the studio again.

The four-piece outfit will record a CD with sound man TONY HEADS at the end of this month.

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