Mood. Rhythm. Power. (Production Demo Release)
Devia is about more than just art rock. This Island-based trio is about humanity, the search within us and the emotional journey it entails. Pretty heavy stuff for a rock group. Although the influences of several other groups can be heard in Devia's limited-edition first release, it actually works in the bands favor. They combine the best elements of music and art into an experience they can call their own. The trio builds a wall of sound composed of guitar, bass and drums, which, combined with strong lead vocals by singer Jim Fitzgerald, sounds like the work of a greater number of musicians.
Their debut release begins with the dark, moody love-gone-wrong piece "Mariah". Drummer Ben Eriksen and bassist Will Becchina maintain a solid background beat that slowly builds throughout the piece, complimenting Fitzgerald's guitar lead and appropriately dark lyrics. "Same As Yesterday", which actually breaks off midway to sample the Beatles' "Yesterday", lightens the mood a bit with a faster tempo and catchy guitar riff. However, the lyrics, which concern personal change, remain appropriately on the dark side. "When I'm Gone" finshes out the set with a haunting chorus that showcases the group's talented collective voices and opens with yet another string guitar riff.
This is not a band to be taken lightly. Their harmony, rhythm and sound are all very tight, and their lyrical content something to be listened to carefully. While they could be popular commercially, Devia fortunately does not seem interested in being just another commercialized pop group, judging from this small taste of their sound.
Michael McDonough Good Times Magazine
INDEPENDENT RELEASE (Production Demo Release plus bonus tracks)
Devia is the best new heavy band Ive seen out here since Dearly Departed. The version of the CD Im writing about is 5 songs long, but Ive seen various other versions with 2 or 3 songs, probably depending on the bands mood the day of a show. Regardless, the CD is worth picking up, and the band is well worth catching live.
Devia is tight as a band, and energetic. They are particularly strong, in the songwriting category. They are also blessed by one of the more powerful lead vocalists Ive heard in a while, Jim Fitzgerald.
Mariah is the song that really blows me away on this disc. Its a slow, dark number that sticks in your head from the opening dissonant guitar riff to the end. Bitterness is sweet / Sorry that I broke your spirit / Only I thought / I could bring you like a leach to my soul. Shudder. This one belongs on K-Rock more than any song I think Ive ever heard.
When Im Gone is another song that sounds evil from the opening riff. On the other hand, Same Space, Same Time is a little gentler, and a bit more like some of Fitzgeralds acoustic solo work. Theres something about it that evokes the memory of a slowed-down version of Deep Blue Spirits Breakfast At Tiffanys. Same As Yesterday features a driving mid-tempo bass. This one keeps changing tempo, and somewhere in the middle, it breaks down completely and briefly morphs into Paul McCartneys Yesterday, complete with strings, before regaining its original strange melody. Darker Still, the song that is left off some versions of the CD, is a dreamy acoustic number.
These guys are good. Check them out.
Rich Hughes, President Long Island Music Coalition Aural Fix
Live at ACME UNDERGROUND, NYC 6.21.03
...A full, powerful mass of sound carried a distinct purposecommunication by way of revelation. Once again, I had become entranced by the seductive sounds of Devia. Dark and persuasive, sympathetic and hypnotic, Devia's songs whisper volumes. Their performance was near perfect. The drums were tight and the bass was fat. This band demands attention. Their harmony is hauntingly captivating...They played the three songs that they have on their free CD which I know by heart now. It is really good and worth picking up. ...This music is not to be taken lightly so listen closely.
Mike Vincenti thefreezer.com
Mood. Rhythm. Power. (Production Demo Release)
Devia's music redefines the rock genre, it's persuasive hooks, harmonized vocals, and surprising elements remain instilled in the listener's mind, making them want more, yet feeling satisfied. These guys are gonna go a long way. Listen if you dare.
Mike Frankson Host, Access Central Radio AM 1240 WGBB www.accesscentral.tv
Live at Village Pub South, Amityville, NY 12.12.03
This trio has come together and gelled as a fresh and inventive act with influences that range from classic rock to today's more cutting edge rockers. The music was well rehearsed and the vocal harmonies played well against the chopping chord backdrop. I was actually blown away by these guys and couldn't wait to get home and take their disc for a spin.
Dan Brown, Good Times Magazine issue 878
Radio Single Release "When I'm Gone"
For this weeks show, the band Devia, with the track: When Im gone, has been chosen to be Mr. Reds Pick Of The Week. The rock trio, with Jim Fitzgerald on guitar & vocals, Ben Eriksen on drums, and Will Becchina on bass, is one of my favorites. I think these guys are going places. When Im gone is a catchy tune, that could be on any commercial radio station, movie, or TV show.
Mr. Red Host, The Mr Red Music Man show AM 1240 WGBB
Live at The Spot, SUNY Stony Brook, NY
Then the [Devia] took the stage. Having played here just recently, I knew what I was in for. This trio (guitar, bass, drums) strives for the depths of a Radiohead, though keeping it much more simple. Every song is delicately deliberate which gives them an air of seriousness.
The Freezer.com Mike Vincenti. www.thefreezer.com
Live at Some Place Else Pub, Farmingdale, NY 9.5.03
For those who miss out going to Someplace Else Pub last night, you miss on hell of a show. Devia was excellent the hole place was singing when they broke into The Beatles "Yesterday" during their song Same as Yesterday. If you havnt seen them yet, do yourself a favor and go to the next show!
John Jimmy Krack Corn