Last night in Kansas City (KAN-Za-CITY to you Chiefs fans) I had the pleasure to attend the video debut of musician David Seume’s song “Will Ya Be My Friend”, which just so happened to be illustrated/animated by two of my college roommates, Danny and Phil (aka DJG and PJC). Danny is pretty well known around the Kansas City music scene, and his creative and quirky posters and album designs have been promoting local bands (and winning him features in Graphic Design publications) for 8 years. Phil is a very talented illustrator and designer, and he’s working on his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. I know, makes me look like a slacker, right?
Anyway, I walked into the Brick knowing that the video was going to be cool, but I was pleasantly surprised by David Seume’s thoughtful, breezy tunes and standout vocals. This guy sings very, very well. David’s songwriting conveys a welcome (and increasingly rare) attention to detail and timing and a true love of classic pop and soul music. At times his songs get a bit overly meandering, but he can get away with it because his voice keeps things interesting. He also seems like a pretty nice guy. Perhaps we could convince him to come to St. Louis?
Here’s a nice cover of Sam Cook’s “A Change is Gonna Come”
Check ‘em out!