For fans of The Beatles, Crowded House, Neil Young, Sam Phillips, T-Bone Burnett, Bob Dylan, Van MorrisonDavid Bowie, Johnny Cash, Gillian Welch, Richard Thompson, The Byrds, the Rutles, Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, Mark Heard, Victor Stranges, the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Roy Wood, ELO…
DC Cardwell was born in Northern Ireland and is now based in Melbourne, Australia. While still working in pathology, he wrote and recorded a constant stream of songs, winning him a large and devoted following on the Internet. Now making music full-time, ‘Some Hope’ is a collection of his best work to date.
DC’s distinctive and affecting voice is perfect for his songs which take an honest and often wry look at life, peppered with positivity and redemptive possibility. Combine that with his maddeningly catchy hooks, pop-smart arrangements and melodic lead guitar breaks and you have songs that you will want to hear again and again.
In December 2010 he travelled to Los Angeles to record several of his songs for an upcoming movie on the life of Alan Watts produced by Oscar winner Jeff Bridges.
Who is DC Cardwell?
“This guy is a blast, simple hooks with a powerpop touch that embeds humor catchy turnarounds and a sense of the 60′s with a bit of the 80′s. This is a fun guy you should check out.”
- Loren Weisman, Brain Grenade
“DC Cardwell creates a heart felt acoustic gem here, full of wonderful melodic hooks and a Ray Davies styled vocal. The gentle minor chords and harmonies that open “I Am Still The Same” are both brilliant and poignant. “Birthday Present” is another example of solid composition and a revelatory Harrison styled guitar break. Some of the mid-tempo ballads (“The Quiet Ages”) are like magical combinations of both Paul Simon and McCartney.”
- Aaron Kupferberg, Powerpopaholic
“He writes from the heart in the same way as Neil Young and applies similar poetic humour to Ray Davies. There ain’t a bad song on this album… [it] is overflowing with damn good songs that Cardwell could publish and earn a good income from.”
- Toxic Pete Brown
“Now it’s time for the world to discover his exceptional songwriting/performing gifts.”
- Paul Freeman, Palo Alto Daily News
“Seriously I have a great respect for your songwriting and style. You have a unique delivery that for the uninitiated conjures the vocal prowess of Thom York blended with the edge of John Lennon and a tip of the hat to Bob Dylan. Bravo DC!!”
- Doug Mitchell (Record Producer)
“DC Cardwell helps to prove my theory that the closer you get to Antarctica, the happier your songs sound… everyone from Crowded House to Midnight Oil, seems to have a knack for sweet melodies; and DC is no exception.”
- Bruce Greenberg, LIVE365
“Exceptionally fine songs, DC. Who knew that depression, bitter irony, loneliness and mistrust could be so much fun? I’m not saying that sarcastically. You dig deep with such gentle and humorous resignation it’s impossible not to enjoy the bitter truths you unearth. I can’t pick a favorite song. They’re all my favorites.”
- Christopher Morse (Songwriter/Publisher)