'Dead Nobodies' building a following with their original songs
Wareham-based rock band The Dead Nobodies has been playing at venues from Boston to Brooklyn, and with a "do-it-yourself" approach, is building a following with its original songs.
Lead singer Davi Audel Navarro mixed and produced the band's latest album, "Ride in with Death."
“The songs on this album play with the whole notion of death, and the brevity of life," Navarro wrote on the inside of the album cover. The album is dedicated to his father, who passed away years ago.
Navarro says that after his father died, “I wasted a lot of years." He added: "This is really the most serious band I’ve been in.”
The trio has been playing together since 2010, and members say their influences include a lot of 1970s and 1990s rock bands. The posters in their practice space in Navarro’s basement feature musicians such Kurt Cobain and Tom Waits. Neither artist is exactly known for spewing musical sunshine, and the Dead Nobodies’ melancholy brand of rock definitely reflects those influences.
Navarro and bassist Shawn Gfroerer played together in the band Mood Driven Sound before forming The Dead Nobodies. Drummer Kaleb Duff came on board last April, a few months after returning from serving in the Marine Corps in North Carolina.
While music is their passion, all the guys have day jobs. Gfroerer works as a Cardiovascular Technician at St. Luke’s Hospital, and Davi works overnights at a mental institution. Duff is a landscaper,and works various odd jobs to support his three children.
Though based in town, the band doesn't play many shows in Wareham.
Gfroerer says booking shows here is a real challenge.
“It would be nice to play in town, but when [venues] hear we don’t play covers they get turned off,” Gfroerer said.
Navarro added: “The venues want instant rewards with their entertainment acts,” and it’s easier to know how the crowd will react when the band is playing nothing but, let’s say, Sublime covers, the band members explained.
Booking shows in Boston can be tough, too, because while it’s a short drive away, it still isn’t the band's home turf.
“It’s tough there because we’re not from the area,” said Navarro. “We never know what we’re getting when we play in the city” as far as the make-up of the audience is concerned.
Despite the challenges that arise when trying to book shows, the The Dead Nobodies play live regularly, and have come a long way in their brief time together. Although the members have a Los Angeles and Philadelphia-based manager, they handle most of the booking on their own.
“We have a manager but we haven’t had a lot of bookings through him yet,” says Gfroerer. “Davi and I do most of the booking.”