Whether it be music or film, the Davey Brothers are equally at home with either format. Coming from Devizes, Wiltshire, England, the Davey Brothers (singer Robin and guitarist Jesse) found their niche in the blues rock genre, studying bluesmen such as Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Yardbirds, among others. The brothers helped co-form a similarly styled band in the early 90s, the Hoax, which toured England alongside other blues acts, before signing on with the Code Blue label, and issuing 1994’s Sound Like This. Despite the album being critically acclaimed, the outfit found themselves lost in the shuffle and without a label when Code Blue was merged with Atlantic Records. Despite the turmoil, the Hoax persevered and carried on with several further independent releases before splitting up in 1999.
Robin and Jesse opted to remain together, working under the new name of the Davey Brothers. Instead of continuing right back with their music career, they opted to give film making a try. Long-time film buffs (especially the work of director Martin Scorsese), the duo got to work on their first short film, the gangster flick Making An Omelette. Despite an extremely limited budget of only £50 (the brothers later joked that most of the budget went towards purchasing ‘a decent looking gun’), Omelette won Best Short Film at the 2000 BT Getoutthere Live Awards, owing to its Matrix -like shooting style. The film made such a fan out of acclaimed director Guy Ritchie, that it was included as a bonus on the home video version of his movie, Snatch. With the brothers’ background in music, they naturally provided their film’s scores.
Although more film work beckoned, the Davey Brothers opted to return to their initial love, and completed a debut recording, Monkey No.09, in 2003 (via David A. Stewart’s label, the AN Group), which included a bonus DVD of videos, interviews, and additional short films. The brothers have also built a solid friendship with one of their touring partners, Indigenous, for whom they produced their 2003 self-titled release. They also managed to contribute a song of their own (‘Heart Go Faster’) to the soundtrack of the Angelina Jolie movie, Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life.