davesnewbike is a Scottish band creating original, rootsy pop for grown-ups. We are very pleased to announce the release of Bike’s first new recorded material since our second album, The Tin Can and the Flood, came out back in October 2017. Available across all the usual digital platforms, Smiling at the Croft is a salty piece of folk-rock with psych tendencies: a tall tale of mermaids, driftnets and peat smoke.

Kick-started by singer-songwriter Tom Houston and the electric guitar of Kris Jozajtis, davesnewbike is propelled by Sam Wilson on bass and the percussion of Simon Jaquet. Tom has released three, largely acoustic solo albums, the last being the Neill McColl produced Plastic Trumpet in 2018, while Kris is also a member of recently reformed post-punk grunge merchants Folk Devils. Uniting this odd couple was a quest for intelligent modern songs transcending the mid-life experience. Following initial shows as a duo, the incorporation of Simon and Sam, both from acid-folk legends Caedmon and East Coast ceilidh band Flaming Nora, made for a bigger, louder, and more exciting bike.

Their 2015 album debut wanderlust also featured the ‘turbo-boost’ sax of Ken Chernoff, whilst The Tin Can and the Flood referenced folk, country, rock, and punk, through tangos, psychedelia and beyond, with the band’s arrangements all serving Houston’s distinctive, compelling songs.

SOURCE: Official Bio