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John Davis’ new project, Title Tracks,makes some mean power pop, and it covers some, too. Davis, who played in the defunct Georgie James and Q & Not U, recently posted some quick-and-dirty demos to his MySpace: “I Can’t Hide,” one of the catchiest teenage anthems by the influential ’70s band The Flamin’ Groovies, and “I Stand Accused,” a similarly themed ditty by the mostly forgotten British Invasion group The Merseybeats.
Davis’ band, which plays tonight at the Black Cat, occasionally covers both songs live. Davis wrote in an e-mail that he recorded the covers in his Brookland practice space with Michael Cotterman and Andrew Black, who play bass and drums in the band’s live incarnation (Davis plays every instrument in the studio).
“I think they were just songs that fit in with what we were doing overall,” Davis wrote. “We were actually playing that Flamin’ Groovies song on the final Georgie James tour in Europe last year (Michael and Andrew also played with me in GJ), so it was something we knew and just thought we’d bring back and do again.”
These aren’t the only covers Title Tracks can play, but don’t expect to hear many more of them. “A lot of time at practice, we’ll just play covers for fun, most of which won’t see the light of day,” Davis wrote, “as people probably don’t need to hear Title Tracks’ instrumental version of Fugazi’s ‘Public Witness Program.'”
Title Tracks perform with Fulton Lights and The Andalusians tonight at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat. Tickets are $10.