It's the first Wednesday of the month and that means it's Manitoba Night at New Music Wednesdays. Each month Manitoba Music chooses three local bands and gives them the chance to shine at Ozzy's in the Osborne Village Inn.
SCENE took the opportunity to get to know one of the performers, Reverend Davey Todd III, the frontman of the group Naysa.
What does Naysa mean?
When I first started my solo project I called myself "Hnausa" after a fishing community north of Gimli, MB. When my close friends and I decided to put a band together I changed the spelling to "Naysa" as it was just easier for people to read.
Is it true that this is your first gig?
This is our first gig.I am very excited for this concert, this is the first ever band that I am fronting and I find it to be very exhilarating and satisfying.
Are you really a reverend?
The meaning behind Reverend Davey Todd III is quite a long story, the short of it is I'm not actually a reverend, it's really just an alias of mine.
How does music figure into your life?
At this point in my life music takes up a lot of my time. I play in a couple of other bands such as Kieran West and His Buffalo Band, and Hostile Life as well as performing songs unrelated to Naysa solo from time to time. I also keep busy practicing other hobbies much related to music such as graphic design, show promotion, screen printing, and recording.
Can you tell us about some of your musical influences?
I really listen to and appreciate all music but specifically artists such as Built To Spill, Elliott Smith, Nirvana, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and The Zombies.
What is your background in music?
I have been playing in bands since I was 17, mostly heavy bands, though in recent years I have found lots of pleasure writing and singing my own songs.
You can listen to "Songs We Recorded in Our Basement" here. Naysa plays at Ozzy's on April 3 at 9:30.