After touring as the drummer for Vera Blue and working alongside artists like Lisa Mitchell, Bertie Blackman and Andy Bull, Dave Jenkins Jr has now launched his first solo project, NOT A BOYS NAME.
While you may not have heard of his name yet, the multi-instrumentalist has spent a while establishing himself in the music industry. He was once a part of the alternative band Young Romantics, which then led to the retro pop duo Vigilantes, and now he has become a solo artist in the indie-rock scene.
The Australian Musician Magazine labelled him as “one of the most in-demand drummers in the industry”, but he has now incorporated guitar and vocals into his performance.
He recorded every instrument in his debut single, Hazard Perception Test, which is a catchy song about strength, freedom and navigating through your own negativity.
“The song is about resilience,” he says.
“Fighting back when you are being stunted by your own fears and insecurities. It’s less about a romantic kind of heart than it is about having heart and having the strength to do what you want to do, the way you want to do it”.
Written in one day, NOT A BOYS NAME uses harmony vocals, sharp guitar hooks, a strong bass line and powerful imagery in his song to compare life to a hazard perception test.
This is echoed in his colourful music video, where he walks on a never-ending treadmill while objects are being thrown at him. Broken glass, fire, a dreamy cloudscape and a lot of dancing perfectly complement the meaning and vibe of this “anthemic” track.
The video screams themes of optimism, negativity, fun and confusion, portraying the inner workings of his mind.
“We asked the question ‘what would a real-life hazard perception test look like?’,” says music video director Matt Sav.
“We wanted to make something fun and a little dangerous. It is always more fun when there is a little risk of getting burnt. For me, the song and video are about the struggle to self-love.”
Since the song premiered on triple j Good Nights, it has reached the top 20 on the Spotify Viral Chart and was chosen as BEAT Magazine’s Single of the Week.
It’s clear that he is talented, and you can guarantee that NOT A BOYS NAME is destined to be one of the most exciting and unique projects of the year.