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
Posted in Whathaveyou on May 22nd, 2013 by H.P. Taskmaster
I really, really don’t have a spare grand-plus lying around at this point, but golly that’s a cool lineup posted for Stoned from the Underground this year in Erfurt, Germany. It seems Lowrider‘s reunion — they were a highlight of the London Desertfest in a one-two punch of Swedish awesomeness completed by a set from Dozer immediately following — continues, which is unmistakably good news, and along with the likes of Earthless, Acid King, Troubled Horse, The Gates ofSlumber, Pelicanand the many others listed below, it seems like it’s going to be a killer weekend July 11-13. The kind of weekend I’d like very much to see, let’s say with a camera and laptop in tow. One of these years, maybe.
Indulge a bit of escapism with me, won’t you?
Welcome to the Mother of all German Stoner Rock Meetings
July 11th , 12th & 13th – Alperstedter Lake near ERFURT
Festival founded in 2001 and located in the very geographical center of Germany, in the area of Erfurt (Thuringen): Stoned From The Underground grew from a one day indoor event with 400 visitors in 2001 to a 3 days outdoor event with 3000 visitors last year !
Located a few kilometers away from the city, in a nest of nature bordered by the Alperstedter Lake, the festival is the perfect location for a very first relaxing summer weekend !
Whether you want to sit in the grass, puffing up clouds of smoke, sipping a beer while checking out the best Rock & Stoner acts of the moment,
Or whether you want to chill out laying on your belly on the sand of the beach with your toes cooling down in Lake’s water…..
STONED FROM THE UNDERGROUND is the place where all your dreams will come true.
LINE- UP 2013: EARTHLESS ( Usa) MUSTASCH (Swe) POTHEAD (Ger)
TRUCKFIGHTERS (Swe) THE GATES OF SLUMBER (Usa) BEEN OBSCENE (At) LOWRIDER (Swe) HORISONT(Swe) TROUBLED HORSE (Swe) ISOPTERA (Ger) LORD VICAR (Fin) MIRROR QUEEN (Usa) ACID KING (Usa) PELICAN (Usa) THE OPERATORS (Ger) THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX (Usa) FIVE HORSE JOHNSON (Usa) SARDONIS (Bel) HYNE (Ger) DEVILLE (Swe) BLACK BOMBAIM (Por) HERKULES PROPAGANDA (Ger) TRECKER (Ger)
Posted in Reviews on March 21st, 2013 by H.P. Taskmaster
Even before Hydra is a heavy rock album, it’s a rock album. The third full-length from Malmö, Sweden’s Deville and first for their new label, Small Stone Records, has its roots in Foo Fighters as much as, if not more than Kyuss, and it’s a difference of presentation and method that runs deeper than one might initially think. A lot of the trad stoner tonality that showed up on Deville‘s first two studio offerings, 2007’s Come Heavy Sleep and 2009’s Hail the Black Sky, has dissipated, but if you listen to those two albums in line with the 11 tracks of Hydra, the latest still seems a logical extension of their methods, if one driven in a more straightforward, less fuzz-reliant direction. The band recorded themselves, with drummer Markus Nilsson handling the engineering, so one imagines they knew what they were doing and that the clean, crisp, professional sound they wound up with on these songs wasn’t an accident. Even in terms of the songs themselves, one can see a difference. Not troubling itself with intros, outros or interludes, Hydra also finds Deville tightening the structures of their material, so that in its varied array of moods, there’s only one song reaching over five minutes long — the penultimate “Imperial,” at 6:31 — where each of the prior two offerings has had four. That’s probably not a conscious decision on the band’s part, that is, they likely didn’t sit down and say, “Okay guys, time to write shorter parts,” but it’s another example of Deville departing their stonerly beginnings in favor of a more straightforward take, skirting the lines between hard and heavy rock an an almost track-by-track basis.
Clocking in at a vinyl-ready 44:35, Hydramakes a strong opening statement in its first three tracks, “Lava,” “Iron Fed” and “In Vein.” Each is opened by Nilsson‘s drums and finds vocalist/guitarist Andreas Bengtsson leading the band with guitarist Martin Hambitzer and bassist Markus Åkesson contributing to the momentum. Right away, the band carries across their sonic shift — again, not so drastic that if you heard Deville before you wouldn’t guess you were listening to them again, but still a marked change from the first two records — but if Hydra‘s first volley proves anything, it’s that the tradeoff comes in the band being tighter performance-wise and clearer in their intent. “Iron Fed” chugs through its verse en route to one of the album’s finest hooks, something mid-period Dozer would’ve been proud to hang their hats on, and keeps motion central even in its lead break, which hits right where it should at the end of the second third of the track, right before the chorus comes back in, once and then again with more feeling. Hardly a slowdown, “In Vain” sees Åkesson come forward in the mix, joined by a guitar swell in the chorus, as Bengtsson pulls back on the vocal thrust to ride the groove kept active by Nilsson‘s upbeat snare. It’s in line structurally with most of the rest of Hydra, but “In Vain” also serves as the first signal that Deville have more to offer in terms of mood than the driving rock they’ve so far presented.
Posted in Whathaveyou on February 25th, 2013 by H.P. Taskmaster
Leading to a performance at this year’s Desertfest in London, Swedish heavy rockers Deville have announced a run of shows that will take them around Western Europe in support of their new album, Hydra. Their debut on Small Stone (third album overall), Hydra also reportedly has a vinyl issue coming from the Detroit imprint, which sent over the dates and info below:
Sweden’s Deville will be hitting the road starting April 9th in Berlin Germany @ White Trash. The three week tour will also include stops in Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, and a UK date at Desertfest London on April 26th. In the meantime, do yourself a favor an go get their brand new album Hydra, It is rather fantastic. And yes, there will also be 180g ltd vinyl version available in a few months, but the cd and digital download versions are now available.
Deville on tour 04/09 Berlin, Germany White Trash 04/10 Vienna, Austria The Shelter 04/11 Hohenems, Austria ProKonTra 04/12 Sull’arno, Italy Santa Croce Rock City 04/13 Vercelli, Italy Officine Meccaniche 04/14 Treviso, Italy Punkyreggae pub 04/15 Torino, Italy United Club 04/16 Bologna, Italy Distilleria 04/17 Pescara, Italy Qube 04/18 Milano, Italy Ligera 04/19 Lyon, France Trokson 04/20 Aix-en-Provence, France Le Korigan 04/21 Barcelona, Spain Rock Sound 04/22 Madrid, Spain Sala Barracudas 04/23 Iluntz Taberna Guipuzcoa, Spain 04/24 Paris, France Le KLub 04/25 La Louviere, Belgium La Taverne du Theatre 04/26 London, UK Desertfest UK 04/27 Den Helder, The Netherlands De Engel