As we announced earlier in the year Ray Franklin, our stalwart bass player for the last 2 years, is leaving us.
However, we are pleased to announce Ray’s replacement will be Dave Hitchins, who has already been depping for Ray for a few gigs this year…
Dave is a bassist, drummer and lead guitarist from Salisbury. He has played in a number of original and covers bands and as a songwriter and Dave has released three albums of self-penned material, which have proven popular with listeners of college radio in the States. In the early 80s, Dave was taught music production and songwriting by Phil Collins and during his time studying he had the opportunity to play live with Phil, Eric Clapton, Gary Brooker and Nathan East and he provided the concept for the sleeve of the 1982 Genesis single ‘Paperlate’.
Whilst playing lead guitar with Surrey-based metal rockers, ‘Backstage Pass’, he also had the opportunity to study music production with ‘Yes’ keyboard maestro Rick Wakeman and Fearghal Sharkey of ‘The Undertones’. It was at this time that Dave progressed to bass guitar, where, with the help and support of John Wetton from Asia, he ‘found his sound’ and developed his unique style of playing. Following a stint as the guitar tech at Anderton’s Music Company in Guildford, Dave joined top function band ‘New Dimension’ and performed throughout the UK and on Sky TV. He latterly went on to form British prog rockers ERA with Terry Winstanley (who later enjoyed success on the X-Factor) and subsequently wrote material and played with ‘The Stupid Club’, ‘Jules’ and frenetic three-piece indie rockers ‘Mama Huhu’ on lead guitar. Dave says, “I’m absolutely delighted to have been asked to join ‘Break Cover’. This is a top band that I’ve followed for some time now and I love the fact that they’re not only great musicians, they have great taste in songs and are a brilliant bunch of people to work with.”
Welcome aboard full time Dave! We are all looking forward to kick starting the all new Break Cover, bringing in some new songs and getting back out there!