David Alpha Brothers (aka Mediavenger) first attained musical attention as the lead singer and songwriter of the 1980s band the Fons (pronounced fones), with songs like "Surfside Swing," which was distributed nationally on a multi-band sampler album, and "Things in Love," which became a mainstay of Tampa Bay community radio. Both songs were from the band's critically-praised six-song EP, S Talk E.
"Smart stuff," said the St. Petersburg Times. "... a most promising set from a most promising band," said Music magazine. Circle This proclaimed "Thank God, Ra, Allah, or whoever. Go see 'em even if they have a silly name."
And go see 'em many did. The band routinely headlined at Tampa Bay area clubs like Ms. Lucky's, Club Detroit, Jannus Landing, the Cuban Club and the London Victory Club, and performed a live radio broadcast from Mac Dinton's.
Going solo in the '90s as Anthony de Ville after the band's demise, David again drew critical praise. "De Ville is a trickster, a prankster, a poet," noted Music magazine's Michael Upledger. "Repeated listening is the only way to gain each song's full flavor, but it's a pleasure."
In spite of the critical approval and breaking through the commercial radio barrier in central Florida with "The Likes of You," "No Fade to Gray" and "Cupid's Nightmares," David abruptly walked away from music for the second time. He returned to graduate school, eventually earning master's degrees in English and journalism, which he followed with stints as a college instructor, magazine editor, university public information writer, poet, short fiction writer and independent journalist who's by-lined commenteries have appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times and other prominent publications.
Now, after his longest absence from music, he's back with a vengeance and a new solo album, Sacrilege 2.0, which features his best and most eclectic work to date, along with a list of guest musicians that includes legendary Dead Kennedys founder and guitarist East Bay Ray, who co-wrote and produced the title track, and numerous well-known central Florida musicians including Robert Wegmann, Mark Prator, Tim Mullally and Flat Stanley's Fred Stolz.
Says David of the new effort, "It's all about mind movies for people who like to listen to a lyricist like they're watching a painter. The musical intent is a conscious effort to avoid genres and instead explore the alleys between genres, thus freeing the music to be completely expressive."