That's quite the bestowement.
Dave: Anyway, they went up to Toronto and contributed a bunch of stuff for their record.
Everyone has been staying pretty busy. I've been trying to stay in and write songs, and so haven't been much outside of Uptown Sinclair. No one can stand me, basically! I can just be honest -- I'm a pain in the ass. [Laughs]
Why is that?
Dave: I'm just unbearable to be around and so no one wants to play with me. [Laughs] No, no... I've actually been playing bass with a Cleveland band called Blue Eyes. Helping them out with their record.
So Coach replaced Rob Pfeiffer as Uptown's drummer? When did this happen?
Dave: Coach's real name is Joe Hanna. He used to play with Bootsy Collins and other like funksters, so he has a different background from the rest of us. He's a great drummer, but don't worry -- we're not going to go funky on anyone.
You were involved for awhile with Cobra Verde. How did that come about and what part did that play in the genesis of Uptown Sinclair?
Dave: I was Cobra Verde's bass player. The line-up for that band revolves constantly. I knew John [Petkovic] the singer and one day he asked me to play for them. As I did that Tim and I also began writing songs for Uptown Sinclair. Once we started playing live and things got busy I felt spread a little too thin and I was replaced in Cobra Verde. There was no time to do both, really, and it's hard to try and play in two bands and tour. Eventually they will overlap too much and you'll have to give up one.
I really enjoyed both because the roles in each were so different. Playing bass in one versus guitar and singing in the other.
That, and it seems the big step from being a backing musician in Cobra Verde to the primary songwriter with Uptown Sinclair.
Dave: Definitely. But I enjoyed both. I love playing on other people's songs. But they were definitely apples and oranges. I love playing bass live and the whole approach to playing another's songs.
When was it that Uptown Sinclair really started to coalesce as a band proper?
Dave: Two and a half years ago. So that would be late 2000, early 2001. I started doing Cobra Verde a little bit before that, but once both bands started playing live I felt like I was running around so much, and it was understandably frustrating for the guys in Cobra Verde, so it was time to let that go.
It's hard. Even with Uptown Sinclair everyone has a lot of other things going on, so it's always a juggling act. When someone calls about a show you can't always get a "yes" right away; you have to call around and make sure everyone is avaailable. Unless it's a great show where you know everyone will drop everything to play.
What kinds of shows have those been?
Dave: We've done some fun opening shows. We opened for Blondie a few months ago. Something like that where you know everyone would be gung ho about it.