Lady Danville has the perfect success story for the modern college band.
In 2006, students Daniel Chang and Michael Garner collaborated to make indie pop music together after meeting in UCLA’s a capella group Awaken. They wrote a hit song called “Cast Away” which took the gold in UCLA’s Spring Sing talent competition, a competition Sara Bareilles, Tyrone Wells and Maroon 5 once won.
With only Chang on guitar and Garner on keyboards, their sound wasn’t complete. In 2007, they sought out fellow a capella member Matthew Frankel to join in on their project to play the cajon. Soon enough, the singing trio captured the hearts of their fellow classmates and went on to bigger venues, from the El Rey and Hotel Café to The Troubadour and the Viper Room.
Without releasing a record yet, the band’s music has already made quite an impact on Los Angeles’ college music scene. Just finishing their tour with Ben Folds and their leg of the tour with Dashboard Confessional, Lady Danville has much to look forward to in its future.
Their catchy upbeat tunes supported by harmonies only a capella men could pull off and instruments catered to acoustic sets provide for not only a unique sound but a very intimate concert experience.
My Top Picks: “Cars,” “Bed 42,” “Frames and Moulding,” and “Tired Magician.”