YEAR FORMED: 2002
HOME TOWN: Omaha, NE
Denver Dalley (all instruments)
Statistics aka Omaha, NEís Denver Dalley, wouldnít exist as a solo project if it werenít for the rise of buddy Conor Oberstís Bright Eyes. Dalley, guitarist for Desaparecidos found his band on hiatus as healthy buzz was building when the acclaimed Oberst (also a member of Desaparecidos) got busy. "The success of Bright Eyes played a big role in me doing Statistics. It afforded me more time to work on Statistics. But it didnít have anything to do with the content," he explains. Desa, is recording a new album in 2004. So all is well. And in the meantime, Denver Dalley has emerged as an adventurous solo artist, using technology new and old to create yet another identity. Statistics confounded expectations and took a 180 into lush electronic pop for a 2003 debut EP on Jade Tree. Tracks like the sublime "Another Day" coaxed out a warm wall of guitar and "(A Memory)" and "Cure Me" showed that percolating electro-vignettes were well within Dalleyís reach. "I had just gotten all these synths, and I was just having a field day with them," Dalley adds. Now armed with a stunning debut, Leave Your Name, Dalleyís Statistics combines the clear voice of an observant young man with a panorama of superlative hooks. Analog synthesizers (Moogs and Octave Supercat) are integrated into a full pallet of rock sonics, guitar and piano. With a whole album to play inside, Dalley ranges wide over the contemporary genre-vista. "I wanted there to be something for everyone, and more of an experience and range of emotion than just ten radio-friendly songs." Opener "Sing A Song" recalls the Pixies quiet/explosive dynamics and a Duran Duran-esque bassline. Denver candidly weighs in on lazy music criticism. "Itís a calling the reviewers out before they get a chance to review it. Itís a tongue and cheek pre-emptive strike. Iím not trying to be ungrateful." Dalley laughs. On "The Grass Is Always Greener," Dalley is bemused by his proximity to a rocker who canít choose between life at home and the excitement of the road. But no thatís not Conor. "Itís more ambiguous. If I am referring to anyone Iím referring to myself." On "Hours Seemed Like Days," Dalley wonders aloud about technological advances. Though Leave Your Name was digitally recorded with A.J. Mogis, Dalley says "sometimes you canít beat the old school."The rest of the album carefully balances nostalgia with guitar slinging. Alt radio, get your ears on. Leave Your Name is the work of a burgeoning young artist, not one cashing in on regional hype. Varied but consistent, you might forget that itís the work of one musician. One-man-bands are best appreciated in the studio. For touring, Dalley has a group featuring members of Omaha groups The 1989 Chicago Cubs and the Good Life.