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I put up a podcast last year on the day before Thanksgiving as well. At least I’m consistent. In the US, today is the biggest travel day of the year, and I continue to feel like there are few things better in this universe than hitting the road accompanied by good music. Whether you’re driving alone on your way to see family for the holiday, commuting to work (that one doesn’t necessarily have to be by car, I suppose), going to stand on line for some silly discount item or whatever it might be, I hope you find something here you consider worth bringing along for the trip.
The holidays are always a pretty stressful time — when isn’t? — so once it gets past the initial burst of heft from Tombstones, this one stays pretty mellow for the most part. Deville and Kind rock pretty hard, but once it moves into the Dirty Streets and Old Man Lizard and so on, it’s more nod than headbang, which is accurate to where my brain is at. Looking for something chill in the face of miles to cover and meals to consume. If you’re in the US, a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and if not, I hope you enjoy just the same.
Track details follow:
Isaak, “Fountainhead” from Sermonize
Tombstones, “Pyre of the Cloth” from Vargariis
Hound, “Over the Edge,” from Out of Space
Deville, “Mind on Hold” from Make it Belong to Us
Kind, “German for Lucy” from Rocket Science
Dirty Streets, “Save Me” from White Horse
Old Man Lizard, “Craniopagus Paraciticus” from Old Man Lizard
Across Tundras, “No Roads in any Direction” from Home Free
Niche, “On Down the Line” from Heading East
Wired Mind, “Road” from Mindstate: Dreamscape
Seedy Jeezus, “Echoes in the Sky” from Echoes in the Sky
Dorre, “One Collapsed at the Altar” from One Collapsed at the Altar
Don’t look for Swedish heavy rockers Deville to make an appearance in their new video for “Make it Belong to Me.” The Malmö four-piece release their new album, Make it Belong to Us this week on Fuzzorama Records, and their clip for the semi-title-track is a long way off from your standard band-in-practice-space performance video. No doubt after making a full-length of such rocking proportions, they decided to give themselves the day off when filming was going on. Time well earned.
Make it Belong to Us is the follow-up to 2013’s Hydra (review here), which was a record I don’t mind saying took a while to sink in for me. Its production was so clear and crisp that it seemed more commercially minded than one might usually expect from Small Stone Records, which handled the release, but as I think “Make it Belong to Me” also demonstrates, there’s a sense of aggression under that sheen, and Deville contort that well to suit the heaviness of their purposes, so that they manage to hone a sound at once based on sonic heft, catchy songwriting and every now and again being really pissed off. Not an easy balance to strike, by any means, but Deville do it so well that it’s almost too easy to look past.
I’ll admit my affection for them increased greatly after seeing them live on their inaugural US tour last summer, and while I don’t know if they’ll be back to support Make it Belong to Us, it’s easy to listen to “Make it Belong to Me” and imagine how it would be coming from the stage, which, of course, is another credit to the album.
Video and album info follow. Enjoy:
Deville, “Make it Belong to Me” official video
Official video for the song “Make it belong to me” Taken from the album “Make it belong to us”. Rel. 13 Nov – 2015
Director: Henrik Christoffersson Producer: Nils Landén Actress: Chelsea Klikunas
Fuzzorama Records – home to the mighty Truckfighters, We Hunt Buffalo and more – is thrilled to announce the release of Make It Belong To Us, the fourth, and most explosive album yet from Malmö-based rockers Deville.
With previous releases on Daredevil Records, Buzzville Records, Heavy Psych Sounds and Small Stone Records, new album Make It Belong To Us will receive an official release on Fuzzorama Records on 13th November 2015.
Deville: Andreas Bengtsson – Vocals, Guitars Markus Nilsson – Drums Andreas Wulkan – Lead Guitar Markus Åkesson – Bass
Posted in Whathaveyou on September 24th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
A busy couple years have gone by quick for Swedish heavy rockers Deville. The Malmö four-piece will release their fourth album, Make it Belong to Us on Truckfighters-helmed imprint Fuzzorama Records Nov. 13 as the follow-up to their 2013 full-length, Hydra (review here), which came out on Small Stone, and a reissue of their 2007 debut, Come Heavy Sleep, that was put out on Heavy Psych Sounds.
Make it Belong to Us will be the first Deville album to feature the lineup of guitarist/vocalist Andreas Bengtsson, drummer Markus Nilsson, bassist Markus Åkesson and guitarist Andreas Wulkan, the latter having joined since the release of Hydra, which in league with the reissue also served as the impetus for the band’s first US tour last year (review here). Whether or not they have similar intentions to support the new record has yet to be revealed — I don’t think one could really hold it against them either way — but they’ll be out in Europe next month to herald the forthcoming release alongside long-running rockers Mustasch, as well as playing at Desertfest Belgium 2015 and the Into the Void festival in the Netherlands.
As a first bit of audio to be made public, Deville and Fuzzorama have offered up the song “Life in Decay,” which you can find under the quickie announcement and the tour dates below:
Fuzzorama Records is streaming a first song “Life in Decay” of the new album” Make It Belong To Us” out 13th of November. The album is produced by Markus Nilsson. Recorded at Sunnanå Studio by Markus Nilsson and Tobias Ekqvist.
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Deville on Tour 10.10 Antwerpen BE Desertfest Belgium 10.16 Essen DE Turock* 10.17 Leipzig DE Hellraiser* 10.18 Berlin DE Magnet* 10.19 Hamburg DE Knust* 10.20 Koln DE Underground* 10.21 Pratteln CH MiniZ7* 10.22 Munchen DE Backstage* 10.24 Leeuwarden NL Into the Void Fest * supporting Mustasch
Posted in Whathaveyou on February 10th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
Swedish heavy rockers Deville have announced their intentions toward a fourth long-player. Their third, you might recall, was the Small Stone release, Hydra (review here), that brought the Malmö four-piece over for their first US tour last summer, an East Coast slog in the June heat that nonetheless presumably paved the way for future incursions on the back of their next album. Well, the time for that next album seems to have arrived. The lineup of Andreas Bengtsson, Andreas Wulkan, Markus Åkesson, Markus Nilsson is writing now in advance of recording in Spring and releasing in the Fall.
For anyone who might want to delve back into Deville‘s earlier work, in 2013, Italian imprint Heavy Psych Sounds — run by Gabriele Fiori of Black Rainbows — reissued their 2007 debut, Come Heavy Sleep, in a couple different limited versions that are still available, including a new version of closer “Rise Above” with its particularly massive central riff. Hydra as well remains on sale and can be heard in full from Small Stone‘s Bandcamp under the news below.
In addition to work on the next record, Deville have announced a quick round of dates in Germany with German/Russian rockers Iguana, whose debut, Get the City Love You (review here), came out in 2012 and who have continued to play shows around Europe ever since. Not sure where Deville will be at in the songwriting/recording by the time they go out, but new material doesn’t seem unlikely.
Dates and the quick statement from the band follow here:
So! We are currently working on material for a new Deville album and hope to enter the studio later in the spring for a release this fall. That´s the plan at least.
But we will play live also and are heading out with the nice desert/psych rockers Iguana for some shows in Germany in May. Prost!
13/5-15 Cassiopeia,Berlin,Germany 14/5-15 OSE Events & Projects,Leipzig,Germany 15/5-15 Bei Adam,Coburg,Germany 16/5-15 Rare Guitar,Munster,Germany
Posted in Reviews on June 13th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster
Swedish four-piece Deville had played in Boston on Tuesday night, but having such a favorable impression of Ralph’s Rock Diner in Worcester from this year’s Eye of the Stoned Goat fest, I decided to see them there instead. An extra 40 minutes or so on the road, but they were playing with Ichabod and Connecticut’s Bedroom Rehab Corporation, so I was up for it. Ralph’s runs what it calls “Metal Thursdays” that, from what I’ve seen and been told, are usually way more metal, and some of the crowd at this show had that look. I figured them for Thursday night regulars, playing the safe bet they’d get to show up and see something heavy. Fair enough.
It was a four-act bill, with Hanson-based (which is a town I know because it’s five minutes from me) newcomers Four Speed Fury opening. Fronted by former Ichabod vocalist Kenneth MacKay, it was their third show, second with the same five-piece lineup, so one adjusted expectations accordingly. To their credit, they didn’t say as much from the stage, I heard it in the crowd — bands making excuses is perennially lame, and really, they had nothing to make excuses for. While they were clearly getting their bearings in that post-Milligram/Roadsaw balance of groove and aggression, the band named after a car and suitably motoring, they still presented the beginnings of a solid songwriting process, particularly on “Stranger,” which closed and found them at their most comfortable. Comprised of MacKay, guitarists Robb Lioy and Keith Genest, bassist Bruce Wahl and drummer Shawn McIver, they found room in their set for a take on KISS‘ “God of Thunder” and were a decent start to a night of bruising rock.
Connecticut duo Bedroom Rehab Corporation followed. I recalled the work of bassist/vocalist AdamWujtewicz and drummer Meghan Killimade from their 2013 full-length Red Over Red(review here), and I had been impressed last year with the variety the duo brought to their recorded output, but frankly, I was caught off guard by how cohesive and commanding they were live. In front of Wujtewicz on stage was a sprawling pedal array that turned his bass — pumped through an Orange Terror Bass head; those things are adorable — into a fuzzed-out echo buzzsaw or a wash of noisy feedback, and the set was impeccably constructed for maximum impact. His dynamic with Killimade impressed, and both players impressed individually as well, Killimade singing along with the songs as she stomped her way through them.
Their grooving instrumental “All Hands” made an excellent centerpiece before the more brooding “S.O.S. (Son of Siren),” and the starts and stops in “No Payment for the Boatman” only underscored how much more tonally creative and full-sounding Bedroom Rehab Corporation were, Wujtewicz showboating a bit on vocals but selling it well. There was a point at which I had to step back and tell myself that if they keep going the way they are in five years they’ll be completely unfuckwithable. Flourishes of Melvins-style weirdness that didn’t come through on the record made them seem all the more volatile, and that only worked in their favor. They’ll play Boston in the fall as well and I expect I’ll look forward to seeing them again.
I’ve seen Ichabod three times now in three months (reviews here and here), so I kind of knew what to expect, but “Baba Yaga” and “Huckleberry” from 2012’s Dreamscapes from Dead Spacemade an enticing opening salvo, guitarists Dave Iverson and Jason Adam, bassist Greg Dellaria, vocalist John Fadden and drummer Phil MacKay wasting little time in brutalizing the assembled post-burger Ralph’s masses with their riffy extremity and Fadden‘s vicious screams. Any day that dude opens his mouth is “Metal Thursday,” I don’t care if it’s Sunday afternoon. Later into the set, they brought up Ken MacKay — also Phil‘s brother — to guest on “Sleeping Giants,” the opening track from 2009’s 2012, on which he originally sang, and he and Fadden traded parts while the band loosed various furies behind, closing out — fittingly — with the newer “Squall” from the forthcoming MerrimackLP and reserving perhaps their most brutal moment for last, an atmospheric jam providing momentary respite from an onslaught for which my respect only seems to increase.
By then it had already been a long night. It was after midnight as Deville got on stage, but the four-piece came all the way from Malmö to play, and even if they hadn’t crashed with The Patient Mrs. and I the night before, sticking around seemed like the bare minimum effort to make. A big part of why I wanted to see them in Ralph’s was for the good lighting, and I had my “well of course” moment when guitarist/vocalist Andreas Bengtsson asked the sound guy to turn the lights down and put them in red. The full O’Brien’s experience, only further away. Fortunately, Deville‘s set itself was a reminder of how killer professional-grade heavy rock can be, the double-Andreas/double-Markus lineup of Bengtsson , fellow guitarist/backing vocalist Andreas Wulkan, bassist Markus Åkesson and drummer Markus Nilsson building an irresistible momentum as they ran through cuts from their 2013 Small Stone debut, Hydra (review here), like “The Knife,” “Lava” and the savagely catchy “Iron Fed,” all of them weightier in tone live — Wulkan joined the band after Hydrawas released as well, so that could be a factor — and delivered with energy that spoke to a genuine sense of performance. They could’ve been on stage at a European festival, from the look of them, and carried themselves just as well.
That level of professionalism, again, can be heard on Hydra, but the active engaging of the crowd and the four-piece’s vigor in conveying the material went a long way. Deville were seven shows into their first US tour, and coming from having an off day on Wednesday, so I expected they’d be pretty tight, but they outdid my expectations with apparent ease, and reminded me of what I dig so much about European heavy rock and particularly Swedish heavy rock: that a band can be so heavy and so raging and still craft a quality song. The largesse of the riff in set-closer “Rise Above” — also the cap to their 2007 debut, Come Heavy Sleep, recently reissued by Heavy Psych Sounds (bought the vinyl) — was among the most satisfying I’ve heard since Wooly Mammoth’s “Mammoth Bones” and they took it for everything it was worth, jamming it out to give the show a huge finish that brought the audience all the way forward and extended even the reissue’s newly-recorded version’s eight-minute runtime.
During that finale, I had a moment where it suddenly didn’t seem that unreasonable to drive two hours to see them again tonight in New Haven, and while I don’t think that’ll actually happen, the impulse was there. For a band like Deville to come and try to break ground with a US audience is an undertaking of considerable personal sacrifice, but aside from being admirable on that level, they absolutely killed it on stage, and my only hope is that this tour proves worth their while enough for them to plan another one at some point. We’ll have to wait and see, I guess. The rest of the dates are here. They didn’t make it easy on themselves, but as they showed on stage last night, hey’re obviously willing to put in some effort.
Posted in Whathaveyou on May 28th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster
Deville are in for a slog. The Malmö, Sweden, native heavy rocking four-piece have announced the first US tour dates in their decade-long existence, and they’re not exactly taking it easy on themselves. To take it easy would be the West Coast, go out, do 15 shows in the Northwest and down the coastline into California, maybe cap with a few in the desert somewhere or in Texas or the like. Deville are going the other way — starting in the Midwest and coming east to play venues in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. They’ve given themselves one day off and are playing four shows to cap the run in Ohio. It’s not going to be easy, but I guarantee whatever tour they do next time in the States is going to seem that way by comparison.
Kudos to the band for the undertaking. I’ll look forward to seeing them at the Worcester gig and hope they get to have some good times along the way. The US needs more European bands touring here, and the better stories Deville go home to tell, the more likely someone else is to come over too. So show up and buy merch.
Here are the tour dates:
The dates are up for the US tour! Check it out! Starting next week!
Jun 5, 2014 Madison, WI – Wisco Jun 6, 2014 Detroit, MI – Trumbullplex Jun 7, 2014 Altoona, PA – Pellegrin’s Jun 8, 2014 Buffalo, NY – TBA Jun 9, 2014 Burlington, VT – Nectars (Metal Mondays) Jun 10, 2014 Boston, MA – O’ Brien’s Jun 12, 2014 Worcester, MA – Ralph’s Rock Diner Jun 13, 2014 New Haven, CT – Three Sheets Jun 14, 2014 New York, NY – Northside Festival Jun 15, 2014 Atlantic City, NJ – The Boneyard Jun 16, 2014 Philadelphia, PA – J.R.’s Jun 17, 2014 Columbus, OH – Cafe Bourbon St. Jun 18, 2014 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class Jun 19, 2014 Dayton, OH – Blind Bob’s Jun 20, 2014 Cincinnati, OH – Mainstay Rock Bar Jun 21, 2014 Chicago, IL – Grand Bar
Following up on a Heavy Psych Sounds reissue of their 2007 Come Heavy Sleepdebut, Swedish heavy rockers Deville have a new video for the song “The Knife.” The track comes from the Malmö four-piece’s 2013 full-length, Hydra (review here), which was also their first release on Small Stone Records. As timing would have it, Deville head out on a European tour this week, having finalized the dates at the start of April, and “The Knife” makes a solid argument for showing up to see them if you happen to be in that part of the world. One doubts they’ll be playing on top of a giant guitar or that there will be huge spinning blades — probably for the best — but as Deville stand in a fine tradition of their country’s heavy rock without bowing to the retro pressures of the current scene, they only make themselves more individualized for their efforts.
Between that conceptual appeal and the actual fruit of Deville‘s songwriting, it doesn’t seem like a way to lose out. “The Knife” was among the most memorable cuts on Hydra, so whether you caught wind of the album or not last year, it’ll be worth either the refresher or the initial exposure to check it out. Rock and roll:
Deville, “The Knife” official video
Music video by Deville performing The Knife. Taken from the album “Hydra” Small Stone Records 2013. Directed by: Henrik Christoffersson Filmed by: Henrik Christoffersson & Peter Tarpgaard Edited by: Henrik Christoffersson
Europe spring tour is up! New dates added!
25/4 GER Duesseldorf-Pitcher 26/04 CH Lugano TI/STREET/ART Festival 27/04 IT Pescara-Orange Rock Cafè 28/04 IT Roma-Sinister Noise 29/04 IT Santa Croce Sull’ Arno-Rock City 30/04 IT Montecchio Maggiore-E20 01/05 IT Piacenza-Cuncertass Festival 01/05 IT Seregno-Sala Malasangre 02/05 CH St Gallen-Rumpeltum 03/05 IT Torino-Cafè Liber 04/05 FRA Lyon-Le Moko 05/05 FRA Draguignan-Bucephale 06/05 IT Padova-Sotterranei 07/05 FRA Besanqon-Les passagers du Zinc 08/05 BEL Hasselt-Carpe Diem 09/05 GER Munster-Rare Guitar 10/05 GER Berlin-Jaegerklause
Posted in Whathaveyou on April 4th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster
After a gig-heavy 2013, hard-rocking Swedish crowdpleasers Deville are getting set to head out on another European tour in support of 2013’s Hydra(review here). The four-piece also reportedly have a video in the works for “The Knife” from that album — it’ll be their second behind “Lava,” which you can see below — and in December, they issued a re-recorded version of their 2007 Buzzville Records debut, Come Heavy Sleep, through Italian imprint Heavy Psych Sounds.
Good to stay busy, I’m told. The PR wire has tour dates:
Deville, European Spring Tour
Deville will hit the road again and these are the spring dates for Europe!
April25 2014 Dusseldorf,Germany-Pitcher April26 2014 Lugano,Switzerland-TI/STREET/ART Festival April27 2014 Pescara,Italy-Orange Rock Cafè April28 2014 Roma,Italy-Sinister Noise funeral mantra April29 2014 Santa Croce Sull’ Arno,Italy-Rock City April30 2014 Montecchio Maggiore,Italy-E20 May12014 Piacenza,Italy-Cuncertass Festival May2 2014 St Gallen,Switzerland-Rumpeltum May3 2014 Torino,Italy-Cafè Liber May5 2014 Draguignan,France-Bucephale May6 2014 Padova,Italy-Sotterranei May7 2014 Besanqon,France-Les passagers du Zinc May8 2014 Hasselt,Belgium-Carpe Diem May9 2014 Munster;Germany-Rare Guitar May10 2014 Berlin,Germany-Jaegerklause