Five Firsts: Mike Davies of the LateShift

May 9th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg
The Late Shift

The Late Shift

NAME: “Uncle Mike” Davies

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears. Laugh it up, but it’s the truth. You’d surely be lying if you could say you never jammed out to a little “Brit-Brit” back in the day! Times have changed though, as have my musical tastes, but your past is what shapes your future, and I would be cheating myself to say Britney Spears didn’t influence my love for music that thrives today. I can hear my band-mates now, “Dude you should have just lied!,” but I’ll just laugh it off. In my eyes, the truth is all that is real and to live in peace is to be transparent to what came before, or in this case, my childhood obsession with Britney Spears.

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Fountains and Rockin’ on Nippertown Campuses

April 27th, 2010, 10:59 am by Greg

The Late Shift

The Late Shift

‘Twas a big weekend of spring fever on college campuses around Nippertown last weekend.

Media-wise, the Big Event was UAlbany’s annual Fountain Day on Sunday, and, of course, the turning on of the podium fountain garnered plenty of gushing coverage in newspapers and on television.

But there was some collegiate rockin’ goin’ on around the Capital Region, too – even if they were in-house, students-only events. Or at least, they were supposed to be.

On Saturday, the College of Saint Rose hosted its annual Rose Rock festival with We the Kings as headliners. Also playing during the day-long Rose Rock rockin’ were Buffalo-based Free Henry and recent Garage to Glory Battle of the Bands winners Try Sarah Topps, as well as A Sound Decision and Fairhaven.

Meanwhile, Siena College hosted Musical Mayhem on Friday, which was the college’s own Battle of the Bands. Several local bands duked it out on campus, and there was some heated competition. The LateShift emerged as the grand prize winners, which meant that they had the honor of performing again the very next night, opening for Dashboard Confessional and Kevin Devine at Siena on Saturday.

“Pretty mind-blowing experience to play on a stage that big with such a powerful sound system backing us up,” declared LateShift guitarist Mike Davies. “It was a really great time.”

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