Kevin Devine Sez Goddamn!

 

 

Set to get Blood-y on
April 28…

 

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band’s Brother’s Blood will be released April 28 via Favorite Gentlemen
Recordings. The first for the label and the fifth album overall for the
songwriter, the LP furthers his adventures in exploring new stylistic territory
and reflects the diverse talent and contributions of his musical handymen, The
Goddamn Band.

 

 

Testament to Devine’s sonic ambidexterity, Brother’s Blood showcases the
Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter’s versatility and range, one that has afforded
him the unique privilege of capturing the hearts of fans of a variety of
genres. Case in point, in the last two years he’s played nearly 600 shows with
a dizzying mix of artists ranging from Rachel Yamagata to She & Him and the
All-American Rejects to Manchester Orchestra. That’s in addition to his
packed-out headline gigs and his guest appearances with friends Brand New and Okkervil River during their individual sets at
Lollapalooza 2008.

 

 

Just as much as Devine loves the road he has an equal
fondness for the studio, and in the midst of all his globetrotting, he cooked
up Brother’s Blood. A confident
mission statement about conscience, culture and personality, the album is
resounding evidence of his impressive maturation as musician. Recorded at
Williamsburg Headgear Studios with his Goddamn Band (Brian Bonz on keys &
percussion, Chris Bracco on bass, Mike Skinner on drums, Russell Smith on
guitar, and Mike Strandberg on guitar), Devine deliberately ceded more control
of arrangement to his players, hoping to affect a more live, full-band feel for
the first time on record. 

 

 

Lead single “I Could Be With Anyone” is a charging
and hook-heavy pop song equally indebted to The Cars and Superchunk while the
title track is a massive and dynamic song fueled by epic guitar freakouts in
the vein of Neil Young and Built To Spill. Meanwhile, opener “All Of
Everything, Erased” shows off Devine’s quieter side as he lays a bed of
nimble and rhythmic finger-picking and vividly describes a world fed up with
humanity. “Fever Moon” is a sultry, Latin-influenced meditation on
lust and its consequences that wouldn’t seem out of place on a 1970s Leonard
Cohen album.

 

 

While Devine and co. are gearing back up for the road,
they’ll offer a sneak peak into the new material this March at SXSW. They will
celebrate the album’s arrival with a hometown show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom
Friday, April 24 with a full headline tour to follow shortly after.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Andreas Hornoff]

 

 

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