DanCross

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Album: Atheist AnthemEP


Born in Letchworth, Hertfordshire which was & still is about 50 miles North of London. I started playing electric guitar when I was 14 finding inspiration in bands like Free & Thin Lizzy later catching on to post punk guitarists like John McGeoch (Souxsie & the Banshees) Tom Verlaine (Television) & Will Sergeant (Echo & the Bunnymen).
Joined local heroes Perfect Disaster when I was 18 & recorded 4 well received albums initially on Glass & later on Fire Records where we regularly played gigs with Spacemen 3.
Our claim to fame was touring with The Jesus & Mary Chain on their ‘Automatic’ tour & supporting The Pixies as special guests at Brixton Academy & Town & Country club. We were regularly played by John Peel on his influential Radio 1 show.
We were front cover stars of music weekly ‘Sounds’ in 1988 but band split when Kim Deal invited bass player Jo Wiggs to start The Breeders.
I started writing my own songs after moving to London - inspired variously by Jonathan Richman (for humour) Leonard Cohen (for love songs ) & Mark Eitzel (for desolation) I began making demos & playing gigs such as The Mean Fiddler In Harlesden & The 12 Bar in Denmark Street & finding my way in the live acoustic scene of the 90s.
Played lead guitar on David Westlake’s ‘Play Dusty for me’ album recorded in Ireland in 2000 & eventually released on Captured Tracks.
Recorded 1st privately circulated solo album ‘Love in here’ with producer Andy Hank Dog in 2004 in Crystal Palace.
Co-wrote & recorded ‘Something Owed’ album with London band Field trip To The Moon in 2016. Lead track ‘You’ featured on BBC 6 music ‘Introducing’ & video directed by legendary director Steve Barron ( Billie Jean for Michael Jackson, ‘Money for nothing’ Dire Straits etc) Wrote & recorded 2nd solo album ‘ ATHEIST ANTHEMS ’ with producer Pete O’Brien between 2017 & 2019. DEATH SONG, the first single of the album was released September13th 2019.
I continue to play regularly live solo & with friends in South East London. I consider my main song-writing influences to be passing thoughts, twisted sensibilities, drunken dreams & whale watching.
DEATHSONG is a celebration of the human death experience written as much as most of the rest of the album about a rejection of religious values It is a profoundly atheist song.
The prospect of death & dying has been used as a form of religious/ state control for so long that a repudiation of fear & an acceptance that ‘We’ve all got to get there in the end’ sounds like heresy.
In fact it’s just normal.
No afterlife- no anxiety.


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