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The Stars That Hang Above

Dave Sills

Intelligent, lyric-driven roots rock with Indie and Americana elements.

The Stars That Hang Above is the fifth studio record (and first to be released on vinyl) by singer-songwriter Dave Sills. The album’s roots go back two years to when the rhythm section of drummer Justin O’Connell and bassist Adam Gardner asked Sills if he’d like to do a gig with their project, The Tchotchkes. Sills jumped at the opportunity and also roped in his long-time lead guitarist Chris Walke. At their first rehearsal, Sills remembers looking around the room and thinking, “this just feels right. The chemistry between the four of us was obvious from the start.”

Recording of the album began in December of 2017, with the band squeezing in sessions where they could over the next 18 months. All songs began with all four members tracking together at O’Connell’s basement studio, with Gardner in the producer’s chair. Gardner would go on to mix the record at his home studio. Sills is proud that The Stars That Hang Above is his most collaborative effort yet, with six of the ten tracks being co-writes, five of those being with one or more members of the band. Sills says, “it may be my name on the cover, but this is really a band record."

Sills has opened for the likes of Peter Himmelman, Teddy Thompson, Glen Phillips (Toad The Wet Sprocket), Rusted Root, and many more. He has played all around Chicago-land at such places as SPACE, FitzGerald’s, Martyrs, The Old Town School of Folk Music, The Law Office Pub & Music Hall, and the WXRT main stage at The World’s Largest Block Party.

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Sea of Strangers

Dave Sills

What the world needs now. Lyrics that don't insult your intelligence. Melodies that stick in your head. Songs about love, death, and other health risks.

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Waiting Room

Dave Sills

Melodies that stick in your head. Lyrics that aren't meaningless drivel. Ache and angst without being whiny. Recommended if you like Del Amitri, Peter Himmelman, Neil Finn, Counting Crows, Wallflowers, David Gray, Michael Penn, Lloyd Cole, Ryan Adams, etc

Dave's back in the studio working on a new album. Get on his mailing list or check his website to keep up on tour dates and album info.

PERFORMING SONGWRITER magazine selected WAITING ROOM as one of their Top 12 DIY Albums for their July/August 2006 issue.

SHURE MICROPHONES have picked Dave to be one of the featured artists in the November 06 issue of "Shure Notes".

WAITING ROOM features "All Messed Up" as heard on Chicago's WXRT and "Habit" as heard on Springfield's WUIS.

"Dave Sills is a songwriter who continues to get better at his craft. Along with the songs, it’s nice to hear the obvious confidence Dave brings to his disc. Faith in one’s own work in conjunction with actual talent - that’s what the successful people in this business have." - Richard Milne, WXRT (www.93xrt.com)

"This 'Room' from Chicago-based Sills is full of edgy rock sketches on the downtrodden side. With a sound at times conjuring both early del Amitri and Ryan Adams, gentle shuffle "Where You Are" and uptempo "Bring The Sun" are standout tracks." - Guy-Michael Grande, Ear Candy (www.myspace.com/earcandyartists)

THIS ALBUM IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD FROM APPLE'S ITUNES MUSIC STORE AND OTHER FINE DOWNLOAD SERVICES.

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Sometimes Nothing

Dave Sills

Melodic guitar driven roots-pop with lyrics for people who listen to lyrics. Great for fans of: Del Amitri, Peter Himmelman, Crowded House, Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, David Gray, Michael Penn, Lloyd Cole etc.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: "Quite impressive." - Peter Himmelman, recording artist "Really nice songs on here." - Richard Milne, WXRT 93.1 FM "Refreshingly low-key... [with an] endearing wit that sets Sills apart from other singer-songwriters and has won him a legion of fans." - Old Town School of Folk Music "Simply put, Dave Sills is a great artist and 'Sometimes Nothing' is a great record. This is a record that after numerous spins, continues to inspire me and console me and resonate in my soul." - Dawn Maze, Trampoline Records

Point your browser to: www.davesills.com (or click the link to the left) for live show dates, more sound clips, photos, blog, etc.

SOMETIMES NOTHING is now available for download from Apple's iTunes Music Store and from most other music download services.

Dave's latest album, WAITING ROOM, is also available now from CD Baby (and iTunes, EMusic, etc.).

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