Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band

Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band

Kevin Devine is a punk-folk singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY.

Since 2001, he's made six records under his name, performing extensively in North America, Europe, the UK, Australia, and Japan, both solo & alongside his "Goddamn Band" collective.

His side project Bad Books (a collaboration with members of Manchester Orchestra) recently released & is supporting its sophomore effort, II (Triple Crown Records).

His prior band Miracle of 86 released two albums & two EPs before going on indefinite hiatus in 2004.

Spring/Summer 2013 sees Devine recording two albums funded by an historically successful Kickstarter campaign; heading to Europe for a two-week solo tour, featuring his first ever show in Russia; continuing to tour with Bad Books, including a short stint supporting Silversun Pickups; and reuniting Miracle of 86 for two shows in June.

Threads – the second full-length release from Minneapolis-based Now, Now – explores the fragile and often transitory nature of our existence, our perceived understanding of the world around us and relationships shared with others physically and emotionally. Produced by Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, An Horse, New Pornographers), Threads forms a sprawling sonic endeavor that showcases the bands incredible growth as songwriters and musicians. Vulnerable vocals give way to oceans of sound retaining definition via deftly layered guitar parts augmented by lingering synths which alternate between background and center stage.

Harrison Hudson

Gypsy & His Band of Ghosts

Strange things happen on the road. Venues, cities and people blend into blurry, indistinct memories; strangers emerge and become lifelong friends; impossible levels of fatigue and loneliness and met with bursts of joy. And when it's over, you’re left with nothing but a collection of sensations, vague souvenirs and battle scars. For Giuseppe Capolupo, these moments were the seeds of a burgeoning mu
sical endeavor: Gypsy & His Band Of Ghosts.

Capolupo is a musician with old school appeal; he’s a vagabond, endlessly curious and virtually incapable of muting his musical ambition. Capolupo spent the 2000s as a drummer for two prominent metal bands (Haste The Day and Once Nothing) and it was on those long grueling tours that he began penning his own songs. Once those outfits dissolved, he was left with a collection of beautifully uncluttered folk gems and nobody to play them with.

A few years later, Gypsy & His Band Of Ghosts has filled out with three worldly non-ghost musicians named Diego Byrnes (guitar, vocals), Tony Tortella (bass, vocals) and Scott Maniglia (percussion, vocals). Though Capolupo had known each member previously through other musical endeavors, it wasn’t until the bunch played in a room together that it all clicked. This was something new, answering that something missing from the dialogue, something worth pursuing.

Now fully formed, Gypsy & His Band Of Ghosts start the arduous process of recording their debut EP. It’s called ‘Shortcuts, Backup Plans & Detours’ and it relates to the listener all the strange joy, heartbreak and excess of Capolupo’s touring days. The first release, “Vagabond,” is a fitting introduction: it’s a love letter to aimlessness, scribed in nimble acoustic guitars, wrapped up in tight percussion and narrated with robust four-part harmonies.

To all involved, it feels like Gypsy & His Band Of Ghosts has been here all along. Before they even entered a studio, before they even had a full band, before they even had a name. It’s a timeless appeal, channeling the bygone narrative of Woody Guthrie and bringing it up to speed.

To quote the Gypsy Man himself, “We all have a story that needs to be told.”

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Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band with Now, Now, Harrison Hudson, Gypsy & His Band of Ghosts

Wednesday, November 20 · Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM at Rex Theater