Shave is a band of like minded musicians from Long Beach who believe in making guitar driven, lyrically entertaining, high energy rock. Drawing on influences as diverse as The Ramones and Jimi Hendrix, lyrically ambitious as Frank Zappa or Ween. Compositionally they can be as challenging as Brahms and Led Zeppelin, or as simple as Motley Crue or Beck. Shave acheives a blend of music that is at once familiar yet uniquely their own. Never derivative of popular music or the “genre of the month”, Shave consistently makes music that sounds only like Shave.
Shave formed in Long Beach in 1993 when Dave Cornblum and Dave Shea met Steve Cross and Rob Fadtke (Long Beach Cake) through mutual friends in the band Sublime. Cross and Fadtke became the rhythm section for the Daves’ existing acoustic material. Soon the band began writing songs together and perfoming live.(hear Shave’s 1993 Discover Yourself’s self titled song Shave)
“We took any gig we could get. One of my favorite early gigs was opening for Sublime and The Mentors at The Golden Sails on Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach. There were about 600 people there, and I played fuzz bass through Eric’s amp. I think everybody got laid that night” – Elder D.
In 1994 Shave recorded their first tape “Discover Yourself”. It was mixed by Miguel of Skunk Records. The songs were all recorded on one take and Skunk Records gave us a stamp of approval.
In 1995 Shave put out their second tape called “Hold Your Own”. It was mixed partly by Miguel and partly Anthony Arvizu. Both of whom worked on the Sublime classic “40 Oz. To Freedom”. This tape was released on the new label Headchange Records.(hear Shave’s 1995 Hold Your Own’s Syd Barrett Afro)
In 1996 Shave started tracking their first CD “Jesus Shaves”. This CD was done at the Cake House in Long Beach. It was mixed by Edler D and Released in 1998. They received national airplay on songs “Barely Legal” and “Hummer”. The release of Jesus Shaves really raised the profile of Shave. They became part of an art community known as the Bong Leach Collective, and started playing the now famous warehouse parties. The Jesus Shaves song, “Los Alamitos”, was a hit for former KROQ DJ, The Poorman, on his radio station: Anti-radio. The song was infamous for being the song with the most “F Bombs”.
In 1997 Steve Cross made the transformation from “Steve Cross” or “Super Steve” to “”Elder D”” when he wrote the “Tommy-esque” (See “The Who”) rock opera called “The Elderly.” It was composed by “him”, the “members of Shave”, and some great “musicians” from the Long Beach Scene. The rock opera is a special event only type of event. In 2006 The Elderly recorded most of the rock opera and and the album will be put out hopefully this year.See current Elderly poster.
Shave hired Scott “The Fever” Evers on second guitar in 1999. The road tested Fever got his chops touring the world with Urge Overkill. Also in 1999 Shave made a video, directed by John Howard, for their song “She’s A Ho” from the Jesus Shaves CD.
Shave recorded in 2000 and 2001 for the CD “Shave The Nation”, however, that project was temporarily shelved by Headchange as contruction for the Compound Studio began. Shave went back in the studio in Spring of 2006 and re-recorded much of the album plus adding some newer songs to the album. It’s being mixed right now and will be released in the Spring of 2007. Already getting rave reviews are the early leaked songs “Finally Get It (Joe Strummer)” and “”Alcohol.””
In 2002 and 2003 $have recorded and released and “”Trans Universal Worldwide””. Pro drummer and Scott “Heavy Doodie” Devours(far right on the pic)(Oleander, Ima Robot, Speaker) joined up to record and play live. His heavy drumming – along with the switch of Elder D to guitar and Fever to bass – makes this CD rock harder than anything $have has ever released. Songs like and “Icky Soda” (with awesome background vocals by Long Beach Super Artist and Rebecca Lynn), and “Rival Bowler”, and “8 Ladies Early 90’s” hit the top ten on college radio stations accross the country.
Dave Cornblum – vocals
Elder D. – vocals, guitar, piano
Dave Shea – guitar
The biggest compliment we get as a band is that we don’t sound like we ripped any other band off for a sound. We just sound like $have.