Kevin Devine

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Kevin Devine
Kevin Devine in Amsterdam (2008)
Background information
Also known asKevin Devine
Born (1979-12-19) December 19, 1979 (age 39)
Origin Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Indie rock, folk rock, alternative rock, acoustic, emo
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, glockenspiel
LabelsFavorite Gentlemen, Big Scary Monsters, Hobbledehoy Record Co, Academy Fight Song, Procrastinate! Music Traitors, Triple Crown, Defiance, Immigrant Sun, Razor & Tie
Associated acts Bad Books, Miracle of 86, Delusion, Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, Jesse Lacey
Website Official website

Kevin Devine (born December 19, 1979) is an American songwriter and musician from Brooklyn, New York, who is known for his introspective and political themes. He is a contemporary member of the underground indie rock and indie folk musical scenes, and his influences range from older indie artists such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Elliott Smith and Pavement to more mainstream and well known acts such as Nirvana and Bob Dylan. [1] Recently, Kevin Devine has rejoined his previous band, Miracle of 86, for a series of reunion shows. [2]

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Kevin Devine grew up in Brooklyn and Staten Island and has spent significant time in Manhattan and Queens. Devine graduated from Fordham University at Lincoln Center in 2001, majoring in journalism. He played in the band Miracle of 86 (referring to the 1986 New York Mets), as well as the popular Staten Island band Delusion. At Fordham he was able to hone his solo, acoustic style by playing at various open-mic and college events. Devine released his first solo album, entitled Circle Gets the Square , in 2002 under the record label Immigrant Sun Records, as well as being produced by Bill Manoudakis. During this time he also appeared in regular stints at the Wetlands Preserve venue in New York City.

Brooklyn Borough in New York City and county in New York state, United States

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Fordham University American university

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His brother, Dan Devine, is a columnist for The Ringer.

Increased success (20022007)

Although still relatively unknown, Devine gained some popularity with his 2003 album, Make the Clocks Move . This album's songs reflect Devine's political views and a growing introspective style, inspired by recent death of his father to a stroke. These two styles would become a staple in Devine's music that followed.

<i>Make the Clocks Move</i> 2003 studio album by Kevin Devine

Make the Clocks Move is Kevin Devine's second studio album. It was released in 2003, making it the first of two albums released on Triple Crown Records. The German record label, Defiance Records, released a double LP set which bundled the album with Kevin's following album, Split the Country, Split the Street.

It is the first of two albums released on Triple Crown Records. It is also the first of three albums produced by Chris Bracco and Mike Skinner (ex-Miracle of 86). In 2005, Devine released his third full-length album, Split the Country, Split the Street . He signed with Capitol Records, who released his fourth album, Put Your Ghost to Rest , on October 17, 2006. Only four months after his major label debut, Devine was dropped from Capitol Records due to EMI merging Virgin and Capitol Records.

Triple Crown Records is a New York-based rock music record label created in 1997 by Fred Feldman. The label features such artists as The Receiving End of Sirens and The Dear Hunter, and launched the career of Brand New in 2001. It is a part of the Eastwest family of record labels, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group, and is distributed by the Alternative Distribution Alliance.

<i>Split the Country, Split the Street</i> album by Kevin Devine

Split the Country, Split the Street is Kevin Devine's third studio album. It was released in 2005, being the second of two albums released on Triple Crown Records. It is the first solo record released after Kevin was no longer in Miracle of 86. The album features more rock oriented songs with fuller band arrangements than his previous two releases, and was produced by Chris Bracco, Mike Skinner & Kevin Devine.

Capitol Records American record label

Capitol Records, Inc. is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group through its Capitol Music Group imprint. It was founded as the first West Coast-based record label in the United States in 1942 by Johnny Mercer, Buddy DeSylva, and Glenn E. Wallichs. Capitol was acquired by British music conglomerate EMI as its North American subsidiary in 1955. EMI was acquired by Universal Music Group in 2012 and was merged with the company a year later, making Capitol and the Capitol Music Group both a part of UMG. The label's circular headquarter building in Hollywood is a recognized landmark of California.

Devine was able to gather a strong fan base as a result of his exposure through touring with Brand New (who were also formerly signed to Triple Crown Records). First appearing as their opening act on their 2004 spring tour, Devine made a small splash among their fan base; however, opening for them again in April 2006 and joining their 2007 Spring tour with Manchester Orchestra greatly increased his fan base and affected his career. Devine also toured solo with Jesse Lacey of Brand New and singer/songwriter Grace Read.

Brand New (band) American emo band

Brand New is an American rock band from Long Island, New York. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Jesse Lacey, Vincent Accardi, Garrett Tierney, and Brian Lane ; they were joined by Benjamin Homola (percussion) for their live performances. From 2005 to 2013, the band also included Derrick Sherman. The band is recognized as one of the most influential within the 2000s alternative rock and emo scene, celebrated for making artistic statements with their music while their peers aimed for commercial success.

Manchester Orchestra American indie rock band

Manchester Orchestra is an American indie rock band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2004. The group is composed of rhythm guitarist-singer-songwriter Andy Hull, lead guitarist Robert McDowell, bassist Andy Prince and drummer Tim Very. Former drummer Jeremiah Edmond parted ways with the band in January 2010 to focus on his family and on running the band's record label, Favorite Gentlemen. The band's original bassist, Jonathan Corley, parted ways with the band in 2013. Keyboardist/percussionist Chris Freeman announced his departure from the band in September 2016.

Jesse Lacey American musician

Jesse Thomas Lacey is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer who is best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the American alternative rock band Brand New.

Brother's Blood and Bad Books (20082010)

After negotiations with Capitol Records, Put Your Ghost To Rest was re-released on April 20, 2008 by Procrastinate! Music Traitors. Several new demos were featured on Devine's MySpace page around this time. A majority of the demos would later be properly featured on Brother's Blood and a single for "Another Bag of Bones" was released in August 2008. The tours throughout 2008 were in support of both the Put Your Ghost To Rest re-release and his new material.

Procrastinate! Music Traitors is an American record label started by the members of the band Brand New. Little is known about the label other than its first release, a re-release of Kevin Devine's 2006 album Put Your Ghost to Rest.

<i>Brothers Blood</i> album by Kevin Devine

Brother's Blood is the fifth studio album by American indie rock musician Kevin Devine, his first album since 2006 and first release on the Favorite Gentlemen record label.

Another Bag of Bones 2008 song performed by Kevin Devine

"Another Bag of Bones" is a song by Kevin Devine released on August 19, 2008, as a digital EP and a 7" vinyl record, with catalog number AFS.006 on the label Academy Fight Song. It includes the song "Another Bag of Bones", and a lyrically revised cover of Phil Ochs' "Love Me, I'm a Liberal", inspired in part by the 2008 US presidential election. Brian Shultz of praised the release, describing the two tracks as a "creative renaissance" for Devine. Both tracks were produced by Rob Schnapf.

In December 2008, Devine announced in an interview with Popwreckoning that his new album Brother's Blood would be released on April 28 [3] on Favorite Gentlemen records. He also announced a tour with Manchester Orchestra and the release of the I Could Be With Anyone EP in support of the upcoming album. [4]

In an interview with Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull, Hull confirmed that Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine would be releasing a split EP entitled "I Could Be The Only One". [5] He later confirmed in a January 2010 interview with AbsolutePunk that Manchester Orchestra and Devine had finished a currently untitled album featuring eight songs, [6] with four songs written by Devine and the other four written by Hull. [7] The album with will be released under the band name Bad Books. [8] In August 2010, the band officially announced their self-titled debut album Bad Books would be released on October 19, 2010. A small East Coast tour in support of the album was also announced. [9]

He toured extensively in 2009–2010 for Brother's Blood, including dates with Manchester Orchestra, Brand New, Thrice, and Nada Surf. He also played a number of major music festivals, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, The Bamboozle and Bonnaroo. On July 6, 2010, Devine released the She Stayed As Steam EP, featuring outtakes from Brother's Blood .

On October 19, 2010, the self-titled debut album by his new project Bad Books, featuring members of Manchester Orchestra was released. The band supported the release of the album with a 4-date east coast tour. [10] Another short acoustic tour followed in December 2010, with only Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull playing Bad Books songs, as well as solo songs. [11]

Between the Concrete and Clouds (20102012)

On August 26, 2010, Devine announced on his Facebook page that he had begun writing his sixth album. A post made on his Facebook page also revealed tentative song titles which included "Between the concrete & clouds," "The first hit," "Off-screen," "A story, a sneak," "The city has left you," "11-17," "I used to be someone," "Sleepwalking through my life," "Wait out the wreck," and "Merry Levov". (The song "Merry Levov" was possibly renamed "Awake in the dirt", as it does not appear on the album yet would explain the lyrical content of the later renaming.) Several rough draft lyrics of these songs have been added to his Facebook notes page. [12] Recording was completed on March 6, 2011. Between the Concrete and the Clouds is the first record made by Devine that is fully backed by a band, featuring musicians Brian Bonz (keyboard), Chris Bracco (a.k.a. Plosive) (bass, keyboard), Mike Fadem (drums, percussion), Russell Smith (electric guitar), and Mike Strandberg (guitar, mandolin). It was recorded in 10 days over a span of a month, produced by longtime collaborator Chris Bracco and mixed by Rob Schnapf.

In March 2011 Devine toured with River City Extension, and released a split 7" EP. Devine's songs on the EP are an acoustic version of "Between the Concrete and Clouds" and "Walls", a Tom Petty cover. [13]

Two 7" singles, "Luxembourg" and "Part of the Whole", were released on May 17, with the album Between the Concrete and Clouds to follow later in the year. [14]

During an Alt Press interview on July 6, 2011, Between The Concrete and the Clouds was officially announced for a September 13, 2011 release in the US on Razor & Tie/Favorite Gentlemen Records. [15] He performed some of his new material on tour starting in spring 2010. A few songs on the album (most notably "Awake in the Dirt") are influenced by the book American Pastoral by Phillip Roth.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's classic album Nevermind, Kevin Devine covered the entire album, and let fans download it on his website for free. [16]

Bubblegum and Bulldozer (20122016)

On January 14, 2013, Devine launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund his next two albums. [17] Later that day, it was announced the entire goal amount was raised, and on February 28, when the project finished being funded, fans of Kevin Devine had pledged $114,805 (USD). [18] Both albums were released in the United States on October 15, 2013 via Devinyl Records/Favorite Gentlemen/Procrastinate! Music Traitors labels. His seventh studio album, Bulldozer, is a solo album, with Rob Schnapf as collaborator and producer of the album. His eighth studio album, Bubblegum, made with the contribution of his backing band The Goddamn Band, was produced by Jesse Lacey of Brand New.

On January 27, 2015, Devine announced Devinyl Splits, a six-part split series featuring artists such as Matthew Caws, Meridith Graves of Perfect Pussy, and Tigers Jaw to be released on Bad Timing Records. Devinyl Splits No. 1: Matthew Caws x Kevin Devine was released on February 24, 2015, with the remaining five splits released every other month in April, June, August, October, and December. [19]

Instigator (2016present)

On January 29, 2016, Devine announced that his ninth LP was completed and mastered, to be released on Procrastinate! Music Traitors.

On August 8, 2016, Devine announced that his ninth studio album would be called Instigator and that it would be out in the fall. He also announced a fall 2016 US tour with Julien Baker, Pinegrove and Petal to support the record. [20]

On September 13, 2017, Devine announced that he would be joining Brand New as a touring member, playing guitar and singing harmonies for the foreseeable future. [21] He departed after sexual misconduct allegations were raised against Lacey. [22]

On October 20, 2017, Devine released We Are Who We've Always Been, an acoustic version of his 2016 album Instigator . [23]



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  2. Ambrose, Anthony. " Show Recap: Miracle of 86 / Hopewell @ NYC 6/15/2013" . Retrieved 2013-06-18.
  3. "Interview with: Kevin Devine, pt. I". Popwreckoning. 5 February 2009.
  4. PRE-ORDER "BROTHER'S BLOOD" Archived 2009-02-07 at the Wayback Machine
  5. 10 Questions with Andy Hull, front-man of Manchester Orchestra Archived 2009-12-21 at the Wayback Machine
  6. Manchester Orchestra - 01.21.10
  7. Kevin Devine - Press Record Online Archived 2010-03-28 at the Wayback Machine
  8. Manchester Orchestra: By The (Bad) Books
  9. Tour Archived 2012-03-08 at the Wayback Machine
  10. Bad Books; New Project From Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra
  11. Andy Hull & Kevin Devine with Gobotron, The Social, Orlando, FL December 4, 2010
  12. Facebook lyrics postings
  13. River City Extension/Kevin Devine Split EP
  14. Kevin Devine Returns With Two 7" Singles Just Prior To New LP This Fall
  15. Kevin Devine signs to Razor & Tie, announces tour dates