The Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist began his musical career playing within cover bands before moving on to promote his original material. His self taught guitar skills were soon sought after on the local music scene and along with his songwriting it quickly opened up further musical opportunities including session work for other musicians. Dave is influenced by the fine musicianship of artists and bands such as Chuck Prophet, Green On Red, Dan Stuart, Dylan, Richard Thompson, Rolling Stones, Hole (Courtney Love). After getting together with the highly acclaimed Drummer Pete Robinson in December 2012, Dave officially formed 'Gasfoodlodging' in March 2013 when Pete Taylor was brought in to complete the line up as full time Bassist. Dave was invited on stage recently to join his musical hero Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Chuck Prophet from San Francisco as their tour came into Birmingham here in the UK. Dave said of the event "Well, there are good Guitarist's and Singer/Songwriters around these days but then there are the likes of Chuck Prophet, a guy in a totally different league" "He continues to be my main inspiration within Guitar playing and Songwriting" Dave recently ventured into the world of Music Journalism too and has completed 2 interviews so far with his other musical hero, Dan Stuart, who was formerly the lead singer and songwriter of USA Alt/Country Punk Rock pioneers "Green on Red". Both interviews were submitted, accepted and published on the internet's biggest Americana website "No Depression". Dave said of his journalism exploits, "I don't think I'll be a Carl Bernstein or Bob Woodward anytime soon haha ...but it's fun to do!" "Dan is such a talented guy and it was great to meet him for the first time as it was Chuck Prophet. As they say themselves, they are musical brothers that have a bond that goes back many years to their days in "Green on Red" even though they work separately within music now. I've loved every minute of knocking at their musical door so to speak and to be given their time along the way".
During the mid-60's Pete was an original member of 'The Band Of Joy' which was fronted by a little known singer at the time called Robert Plant. He also did session work for other bands within the Midlands area. Pete later went on to join the rock/country band 'Bronco' with Jess Roden from 1969-1972, they made several albums for Island Records and went on to tour the USA and Europe extensively. After Bronco split up Pete took time out from music to start a family. He returned to the music scene as a highly sought after session musician and went onto join blues maestro Stan Webb and his band Chicken Shack. At the same time Pete assisted with his own son's band 'The Grays' and later joined 'The Woolpackers' (A novelty band formed from members of the TV show, Emmerdale) who subsequently went on to tour the UK . After playing in several other bands Pete and Dave got together in December 2013 and formed 'Gasfoodlodging' in March 2013 when Bassist Pete Taylor was recruited as a full time member. Pete "Its important to have direction in a band and that is one thing we've always had" "We've all been in bands before where playing standard and popular cover versions can become tiresome so when Dave brought different material to my attention at our first meeting I was impressed not only with his choice of material and original songs but also the the passion and enthusiasm he showed" "This is a band that definitely has an agenda and direction and we're hoping others will see this for themselves as we continue on our journey to get established" "A successful band all work hard at achieving their objectives, some can fall by the wayside unfortunately but others go on to prosper" "Hopefully our dedication and commitment will lead to further and positive opportunities".
Pete began playing Bass in the 70s with rock band 'Millstone Grit'. After a successful time he joined another rock band called 'Skrot' and then spent his time playing in various bands thoughout the 80's and 90's. However his love for the blues saw him get together with Barry Harper in 2004 to form 'James Deans Car'. The band went on to play blues festivals up and down the UK, sessions for the BBC and 2 years in Hamburg, Germany. The band split in 2007 and Pete went on to join a successful festival band called 'Beechwood'. They signed to indie label AUK and released an EP in 2009 called 'The Summer'. It got rave reviews in Australia and the USA from the subsequent airplay it received. Following the unfortunate death of their Drummer in 2010 and other unfortunate personal issues the band split up. In March 2013 Pete joined Dave Griffiths and Pete Robinson as a full time member of Gasfoodlodging. Pete explains "Dave opened my ears up to music I hadn't heard of before and I was hooked from my first rehearsal. Its refreshing and great to do something outside of the usual cover material that many bands play week after week" "Dave has fantastic original material that we are incorporating in our setlist too, he's a very focused guy and knows exactly what he wants to achieve musically" " I'm very happy and proud to be a member of 'Gasfoodlodging' and as a musician I find it such a satisfying experience".