(Video) Devin – Nineteen

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Having already released his excellent debut album Romancing earlier this year, Devin has followed it up quickly with a brand new single, ‘Nineteen’.

‘Nineteen’ follows a similar trend to that of his album, continuing to embrace the rock ‘n roll days of yesteryear. While much of his debut album was pretty frantic stuff, ‘Nineteen’ displays a softer, more melodic side; it is a slower, ballad-like song. Artist’s who throwback to days of yore are always going to be with us in abundance but Devin sounds sounds passionate and genuine, maybe he was born but perhaps not, ‘Nineteen’ is another fine slice of pop music from the NYC man.

‘Nineteen’ is out October 23rd through Frenchkiss Records.

Devin – Romancing

Album review of Devins ‘Romancing’ published for State.ie on May 16th 2012.

Looking to the past for inspiration is common place in modern music, after all, isn’t everything is borrowed? However, 2012 is unlikely to throw up another artist so keen to embrace the past than young New Yorker, Devin. Just a quick glance at the cover of Romancing and these suspicions are confirmed, it is an unashamed throw back to rock ‘n roll of yesteryear, an ode to the days of The Stones, The Ramones & New York Dolls.

As the album and song titles like ‘Born to Cry’ ‘You’re Mine’ and ‘In My Solitude’ suggest, this is a journey through the time-honoured themes of love, loss, and heartache. Apart from this, what strikes you as soon as you set Romancing loose on your speakers, is the raw energy and spirit that drives the album. From the thundering, lightening fast opener ‘Masochist’ to ‘Run’ and ‘Forever Is Only a Moment’ the flamboyant energy never dies.

This flamboyance transposes an effortless, carefree sense of fun and a remarkable danceable quality to his songs, an admirable quality. The hip-swinging ‘New Horrors’, ‘I Don’t Think I’ and ‘Too Soon’ hit the heady heights of Supergrass at the top of their game. It may be a predominantly hyperactive mesh of lively pumped up punk and garage riffs but despite the gritty production, Devin’s soulful blues-tinged vocals inject a touching sense of emotion to proceedings. Originality is obviously not his forte and you will probably feel you have heard these songs before but Romancing offers Devin’s take on a genre and style he loves, doing it justice with an album which sounds passionate, edgy and genuine. A worthy addition to any record collection.

Introducing: Devin | Pure unadulterated rock & roll from NYC

Do you like your music to rock out hard and fast? Well then, New York’s Devin is just the man for you.

The Brooklyn musician dishes out pure unadulterated rock & roll that sounds passionate and genuine. It is a volatile cocktail of rhythm & blues, soul, punk and raw energy topped off with screechy punk-tinged vocals. 

His latest single ‘Masochist’ sums up what he’s all about, a lightning-quick dash of pounding drums, driving guitars and pop melodies merged with a brash, punk attitude. The same can be said for the energetic ‘Thing On My Mind’ while ‘Black and Blue’ is a slower, ballad-like song, showing there is scope for a softer less frantic side.  

The vintage vibe may hark back to the days of the likes of Iggy Pop and the New York Dolls but this is music that will get even the most stubborn up and moving, pure and simple!

Devin will release his debut album Romancing on April 30th via No Evil.

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Devin – Thing On My Mind

Devin – Black And Blue via Orchardmktg