Phoenix Power-Popper Dfactor: No "Angry Young Man"

Dfactor is always writing new songs and like all pop-infected minds, he's a sucker for self-deprecation and introspective topics. He's also highly sensitive to the world around him. So if his new single, "Yes & No Girl," is any indicator, it looks like Dave is in a pretty good place right now.

"Yeah, I think I'm happy there," Dfactor -- real name Dave Murrow -- says. "I'm more positive."

Last year marked a departure from music of sorts for Dfactor as he stayed "off the rock grid" for a while, playing a smattering of tribute shows around town. "I'm always writing songs, so it's just more a matter of getting them out and getting the right people around me to play -- and that's tough," he says. "Everyone's got full-time jobs, full-time wives and girlfriends, and everything else, so it's hard to get people committed to the certain style of music that I like so much.

"Right now, Dfactor still lives and I'm going to play some songs solo [tonight] at Chopper John's," he says. "I have a new band coming out, which I can't quite talk about just yet, but I have recorded some songs for the new project."

Up on the Sun: Is this new project a move in a different direction for you?

Dfactor Dave: I think it's a little more . . . it's faster. I think it's a little harder. I've been listening to a lot of Teenage Bottlerocket for the last year and a half. I like what they're doing, it's very Ramones-y. I'd like to think that some of it gets back to that. I've got a little more of my [Guided by Voices] influence in there, too. It's coming along, though.

But it's not terribly different. We're not doing a Zero Zero or anything.

The new track you recently released is just so fun, right from the start . . .

She's my yes and no girl, beautiful girls all have their quirks . . . Yeah, it's a little self-deprecating. Some of it's based on a girl, some of it's based on a phrase, but I like the idea that it lends itself to indecision and inequality and incoherence. There's all sorts of confusion going on in the song and perhaps I'm one of the most confused. But I like the way it flows, I wish we could have added an organ bit in the middle, but it just didn't come to pass. It would have ended up a nice sonic touch. It's a nice little pop song and not terribly different than what I was doing back in the old days in New York City.

It's such a playful tone, is that reflective of how you're feeling right now?

Yeah. I think I'm happy there. I'm more positive. Part of this new project -- some of the songs are more upbeat, more of a positive pop edge, rather than I think some of the old Dfactor songs, which were a little more -- I don't want to say depressing -- but they were angrier. I think I'm less angry. Elvis Costello: "I'm not angry anymore." [Laughs]

What brought that about? Any life changes?

Well, the economy's picked up and, you know, people are working more now and making more money, so I think that helps a little bit. And I think I'm getting a little bit better at my craft, if you can call it that.

I'm finding new ways to put words together and better ways to put chords together. Unfortunately I'm still sort of stuck with the basic bass/drum/guitar setup. I'd like to branch off into playing more electronic and synth-type stuff, but I just don't have access to it.

Dfactor is scheduled to perform Friday, March 8, at Chopper John's in Phoenix.

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