Wednesday, May 31, 2006


A very special indie band, DeVotchKa, consists of Tom Hagerman (violin/accordion), Shawn King (drums), Nick Urata (vocals, guitar, trumpet) and Jeanie Schroder (sousaphone, bass). The music of DeVotchKa is breathtaking, overfilled with the beautiful sounds and emotions, simply amazing. The band uses many instruments typical for the Eastern Europe folk to create wonderful melodies that are mixture of different genres and influences.

Here is a related quote from the Filter magazine:
"Devotchka may be the best band in America youve never heard of. This fascinating little quartet from Denver Colorado has made a wistful, beautifully-arranged something that isnt really an indie rock record, and isnt really a jazz record, and isnt really a mariachi/norteno (or Eastern European) folk record. Its the album you put on when you want to wallow, when you want to brood, when you want to shut your windows and close your blinds and lose yourself in the wistful tragedy of love and loss and hope and nostalgia that bubbles to the surface in all of your darker, finer moments. And though it could easily be the soundtrack to One Hundred Years of Solitude (what, with all the horns and guitars and the crooning Nick Urata), its actually more spiritually related to the darker and finer moments of, say, Modest Mouse. (Night on the Sun the-world-is-ending-right-here-in-this-guitar-delay Modest Mouse, not the newly-minted disco Mouse). It makes you think. It makes you long. It makes you dream. And if you can listen to the aching troubador ballad Dearly Departed without feeling the suffocating sensation of tearing flesh from bone that accompanies any true loss, then you havent loved and you havent lost and you shouldnt kid yourself that your better for it." -Mikel Jolet 11/19/04

Supporting musicians rotated in and out of the eclectic group's lineup, contributing such sounds as strings and bazoukis. While some described Devotchka's sound as polka-rock or circus music, the band was actually a cross-pollination of numerous influences, including cabaret, spaghetti Westerns, and the immigrant dance music of Eastern Europe. Supermelodrama, their self-released 2000 debut, garnered numerous accolades, and the band toured in support of the record with such luminaries as Calexico, 16 Horsepower, Flogging Molly, and Archer Prewitt. Una Volta followed in May 2003. Issued by the Boulder, CO, indie Cicero, Devotchka promoted the album through a tour with noted burlesque/fetish entertainer Dita Von Teese. In 2004, the third album How It Ends is released. Recently, the band released the EP, Curse Your Little Heart, on Ace Fu Recordings.

DeVotchKa - How It Ends
DeVotchKa - You Love Me
DeVotchKa - We're Leaving
DeVotchKa @ MySpace

The Notwist - Different Cars And Trains [EP] + The Notwist + 12 + more !!!
Funeral For A Friend - Hours + Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation
Puddle Of Mudd - Life On Display
Team Sleep - Team Sleep
+ Slipknot, Stone Sour, The Used


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