“We are Davey & The Trainwreck because there is a little bit of trainwreck in all of us,” laughed the local band’s lead vocalist, Dave Calamoneri.
Dressed in a black “Guitar Bar,” tee and faded jeans, Dave topped off his classic rock look with a pair of John Lennon looking sunglasses as he and the rest of the Trainwreck crew rocked the Pier on June 8th as a part of Hoboken’s summer concert series.
Dave is a well-known musician in town, having played the likes of Maxwell’s, the Goldhawk, and the Whiskey Bar, to name a few. But he is also know in certain circles in town – namely, the serious original music scene that still survives in Hoboken. To those who aren’t in that world, you still probably know Dave by face as he can often be seen strolling down Washington Street. And yes, he does stroll – at a leisurely pace, probably just so he can give his easy slow smile to locals who shout out hello.
The band’s debut album, “Last Stop Hoboken,” was released on May 11th and features tracks such as “Hopeful Man,” and “World Keeps Spinnin,” which according to Dave are two of his personal favorites.
“It’s really hard to put my favorite tracks in order, but there is just something about those two songs I just really love,” he said.
Originally from Hazlet/Holmdel, New Jersey, and now a permanent resident of the upstairs space of Maxwell’s, Dave explains the album title derived from, “the idea of getting home. My train ride home ends in Hoboken, and we wanted to take our listeners on that journey home with us,” he said.
Complementary to Dave’s vocals, rhythm guitar, and harmonica, Davey & The Trainwreck is a collaboration between Bill Hamilton (lead guitar and background vocals), Jeremy Beck (keyboard and background vocals), the Reverend James Dillman (bass) and drummer Tommy Costagliola.
“We’ve been friends for a really long time, so there is the chemistry of friendship mixed with a few bad ass musicians, it’s not a bad deal,” Dave said with a chuckle.
Also a part of another local Hoboken band, Nipsey, Dave says Davey & The Trainwreck differs from Nipsey in the sense that the music produced by Davey & The Trainwreck has a more classic rock feel.
“Nipsey has a different sound. Of course, both bands produce dynamic sounds, but Nipsey has a more blues/punk edge, while Davey & The Trainwreck finds it’s inspiration from artists such as Bob Dylan, The Band, The Kinks, Neil Young, and many more,” he said.
One of Dave’s favorite haunts – and not just because he lives upstairs – is of course, Maxwell’s.
“I just love Maxwell’s because of all the music history that has taken place and grown from there. So many cool musicians have played there. It just feels like home,” said Dave. “My friends are there, good music happens there, and it makes me feel like I’m a part of history in the making.”
“I’m not one for 1,000 TVS and a modern vibe,” he said. “When I’m not performing or hanging out at Maxwell’s, I find comfort in Louise & Jerry’s on Washington Street and DC’s Tavern on 8th Street.”
“DC’s gives off that old basement feel, with good friends, good music, and cold drinks,” he said.
When thinking about how to describe Davey & The Trainwreck, Dave passionately describes the band as, “fun, accessible, beer-drinking rock.”
“I would like to say it’s simple. But that gives people the wrong impression,” he said. Although Dave didn’t further elaborate on this statement, it appears he means Davey & The Trainwreck’s vibe is genuine, and their music is very unique.
In addition to performing with the band on August 16th, Dave will be performing every Sunday in August from 12-3 at D’s Soulful Café between 9th and 10th on Willow.
For more information on Dave visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Davey-the-Trainwreck/123333157690351.