After announcing Songs Without Jokes with the lead single “A Little Tune” in May, McKenzie has unveiled a second outing from the record titled “Dave’s Place”.
He said of the new song, “Like most of my songs I wrote this one night at home in Wellington while strumming away on my guitar. I then worked with producer Mickey Petralia in LA to develop the initial idea. What started off as a three-chord country song, came out the other side an eighties Blade Runner, Dire Straits-esque jam. The song is called “Dave’s Place” after the late Dave Bianco. Dave was an amazing audio engineer I worked with on various occasions in LA, but he sadly passed away not long before I started making this record. Dave had a studio in the North Hollywood he referred to as ‘Dave’s place’. After he passed I finally worked there and this is the track that came out of that session. I sometimes think Dave is watching over this one.”
Songs Without Jokes was recorded at East West Studios and United Recordings, and is produced by Mickey Petralia and McKenzie. The album is mixed by Darrell Thorpe, and mastered by Dave Ives at 101 Mastering in LA.
“Post-Conchords, I’d been working on songs for the Muppets films, and during a session I had the thought that it would be fun someday to work on some songs that weren’t for someone else, that don’t have to tell a story or be funny or continue the narrative plot, checking all the boxes for the character in the movie,” McKenzie added. “I thought it’d be fun to do a record like that, something different.”