Make some noise!
Made up from a mixture of bands, including Inspades and Bastrad : DEVICES are now currently working on putting a set together to finally hit the local live scene.
Its been a hard graft to get the right people in place, not least collecting the necessary skills and experience, but putting together 4 characters to work in bringing some different but heavy modern music is staring to pay dividends.
We are excited with what we have penned so far, our only negative is not having the impetus to road test them live, but as the saying goes; “the best things come to those wait!”
With an imperious and inspirational back drop to live in, YORK provides its ancient and dark history to complement the fabric of what we do, to write the music we want and not be scarred to do so!
There are plenty of ghost’s to live with in this medieval city but its time to relieve those demons from our past and concentrate on living in the now. Uncompromising, dark, heavy, melodic and powerful: DEVICES are coming.
Happier than a Clown at a Killer Clown Party..
So after what we thought was a solid, albeit a slow start, Devices has turned another corner and lost Bass Player Lu to another part of the bands early history.
Writing has been a key part of generating a steady stream of musical consciousness and in the months since its inception that process has been poorly affected by the uncertainty of commitment. However, with this now in the past, Devices has moved on and is concentrating on establishing a new bassist and things are looking good.
As ever, things never run smooth and the path to finding that elusive steady ship is one that may never be.
There is always a positive, the one main outstanding point is that Devices are beginning to write some of the music of their lives and are exciting to push on and deliver some new and fresh heavy music.
With a recording session planned and booked in the coming months, gigs, which have been a primary objective, is somewhere closer than originally desired and closing 2016 there should be further announcements concerning new recordings and live appearances.
We draw on inspirations to create what we find is something challenging but also different enough to entertain and provoke thought. Blending imagery and art, like that of Slipknot, provides a source of photographic enjoyment that we use on our Instagram account:
We take pride in making music that is enjoyable to ourselves but also to others who like similar music to us. WE follow on Twitter our influences and bands that we respect but we also use Twitter to find other users & people that we find interesting or we can connect with. If you’re using Twitter why not check us out:
We are DEVICES and we are coming..
Featured image: Chris Fehn – Slipknot (Metalinjection)
So you’re looking through your own Facebook page, Twitter profile and photos on Instagram and wondered to yourself, “Where do I find out about DEVICES?”
Well, that question can be answered right here;
We can be found on all the usual haunts but if you need to be cajoled then here’s some helpful links and pictures for your aid.
It’s reached the uncomfortable highs of mid July heat and in a small sweaty room on an industrial estate in a corner of York; the early evening quiet is interrupted with a new kind of heavy that wafts over in the warm breeze.
More associated with cold, damp and close weather, the welcome seasonal break to the norm, gives way to bright, brand spanking new music that mixes a powerful metal cocktail.
In these early days it’s clearly evident of the portent of quality to come and none more so to getting that established first foot out there.
That being said lets introduce you to the first three “DEVICES” songs,
As a debut goes, with approximately 3 minutes and 3 seconds on the clock, it’s not the longest tunes out there but “Wearing Thin” showcases all the factors that will become meat and drink to further writing. Starting with a lone rolling riff, its two bar intro is met with full band meat that falls into the first verse. Using breaks, melody licks and dynamics to underline each other the verse quickly gathers to a short bridge that combines both clean and distorted vocals.
The Chorus is full of bright and clean soaring vocals and a catchy guitar melody that will instantly stick around, a combination and key component to Device’s armoury.
Breaking it down to a small acoustic style quiet part is the beginning of the middle eight that really gets into what Devices can do. A slow tempo aggressive riff that’s full of low end attack is double timed and fed into the solo and vocal outro before an alt’ style stabbed ending completes the song.
Quietly confident is the verdict. Onto song number two.
“Depths” is a full on in your face song, with a 150+ bpm it’s an all in heavy metal party. The song starts with an introduction that utilises the riff for percussive dynamics and features a blended motif guitar riff for depth (!) The first part of the verse breaks down to just vocals/drums/bass and a small guitar part which then lifts to a full bodied climax to the bridge.
There’s no relenting on the pace as the bridge speeds in, separated only by a half time drum bar that mixes the same technique in the chorus. Grinding out a slower and meaty short chorus it’s all back round once again to the end of the chorus this time with a crescendo ending to take an unexpected turn.
Again a lone riff signals the start of a melodic break down that enters the middle eight and solo parts. After a quick lead line it quickly starts to drip with ferocious fret work that beautifully changes half way through between guitarists. There’s still room to fill out an ending that vocally emerges from the melt to leave a more thoughtful and wanting more style ending.
For song number three, as written chronologically, “Hands of Fire” became that “difficult” third song. Not made tricky by its number but more so because of the writing and musicianship that is trying to break free. But restraining the beast is part of the learning curve and in trying to create something different and individual, patience is the name of the game. This song features a potent guitar riff that is punctuated on the changes with a purposeful bass/cymbals/grit attack which then moves to a more groove style and moody verse. More sinister in the vocal delivery and combines a drop out overlay its unique feel is more the type which could be drawn back to individual influences.
Fall out of the verse and into a short but impacted bridge it’s quickly into the chorus. Again the use of melodies and slower more sustained brighter riff carries it to a more accessible and crowd pleasing level. It’s only once round before it moves to another segue way and into a spooky two bar intro to start the mighty middle eight. Packed full of power and low end force this burgeoning riff is full of bass and overdriven punch, matched intensely with the stabbing of the drums. As this moves through the solos it drastically ups it speed to give a nod to its thrash metal inspirations and then it’s gone.
A little acoustic chorus riffs bleeds in to one final chorus ending and this 5 minute behemoth closes.
We have sweated, agonised, changed, lifted, dropped, enhanced, promoted and ultimately enjoyed making the first three Official DEVICES songs and are now part of our history.
We are working hard to write as much as we can and as fast as we can.
We shall soon be hitting the road for you to hear them too.
We are DEVICES and this is what we do.
How do you discover new music? Do you listen to the media to tell you who you should listen to?
Are there any reasons for finding a certain artist on YouTube; was it an ad, a label sponsor or a suggestion? How many gigs are involved with that discovery, are there any legitimate reasons for travelling to your local venue and finding a new hidden secret?
Mostly, spending money is the real distraction, but because the artist they want to see is playing an arena tour out of town, the cost of buying a ticket far outweighs the reasons to stay at home and watch TV at your parent’s house. But is the band at an arena concert worth the money? Its kinda supermarket shopping, it’s not intimate, it’s not interactive and it’s mostly passive. More corporate polished and highly professional maybe but a long way since their early days when it was super charged, exciting and relatable.
There is always a place to see a major headlining tour, for production, sound and aesthetics there can be no compromise. It’s a way to see your childhood Heros and, for the sake of it, it’s perhaps the success of the band that draws you there. There’s a little piece of heaven in there and these five guys, or girls, playing up there have a message that you have long tapped into.
Are we all therefore a bit guilty of not wanting to stretch our tastes and limits? It’s far too easy to stay with the artist we like and not deviate too far away from what we like. It’s another way to communicate with like minded people, a way to socialise in a non social world; there are no risks and it’s safe. Taste is a personal objective and there is no right or wrong. No one can tell you who you should like or not and we find our own drive and rhythm, we all look at it differently.
After all is said and done, music is more popular and more available today than it ever was. Yes, it’s true that with such availability there is a dip in the overall quality and there is an argument that live music has become saturated, it’s just not exciting enough to justify. Local music is still going strong though; DIY music scenes are a real potent force in potential and for those lucky enough to be a part of one. For ourselves we have exciting trends in our home town and in the City’s near us, but perhaps it’s not quite delivered in the right format? We are not knocking what is out there but we are working hard to contribute, organise and deliver are own identity on an organic level: Bringing together more focus on writing music we believe in and finding other people to work with; whether this is other bands, venues, promoters, artists, designers, photographers, writers, bloggers, T-shirt business’s and so on.
In a community where the shared experience is a common rule, it’s therefore quite simple on paper, get people to your shows! How do you get to start a new musical revolution, blow up a core of independent live shows, a regular event showcasing local and touring bands together? The challenge is tough as it seems to be more important to be a genre stereotype; Facebook liked breadhead, even more so in a harder music sense.
One of the main components to success is producing a healthy music scene, this includes supporting other bands and not developing a God complex; this does mean watching the other bands you play with on a bill! Music has become selfish, an arrogant big brother who looks down on his little brothers band and its awkwardness. It’s not a cliché to make an assumption this way, it’s pretty straight forward, but break down the egos and it can become something else. We have been able to see this with our own eyes, the good and the bad. Thankfully some of our peers are interested in this too and have been pioneers of this for far too long without consistent reward.
Devices are interested in you. We are looking over our shoulder to what is going on and making our choices carefully. We’re maybe designed to not have much care to what people think about us, if they judge us or our music but we are not interested in popularity contests or fake fan clubs; we are looking at the real people who give a shit.
We are Devices; and we play our way.
So what do we do and how do we do it?
We are from the City of York, we are a Four piece, we are Drums, Guitar, Bass and Vocals and we write our stuff in studios such as The White Rooms and Melrose Yard.
We are a band of experienced musicians, time served with plenty of live and studio time and a back catalogue sprayed across different bands on the Internet but that’s nothing new; there are literally thousands of people who can claim that, right?
While that statement is true we like to think what we do is different to all the rest. We are selfishly aggressive in writing what we consider to be something that blurs between, Hard Rock, Metal, Alternative and other musical influences. But that’s nothing new I can hear you say, just more boring Clichéd tags and genre labelling like every other band. Well, its not entirely true, although those “Genres” are where we comfortably lie, there are within those details influences that have been crossed and bands that not your average fan girl would put together.
Putting together each individuals strengths and talents is what we do, its not conventional, it has caused controversy before. In writing our desired sound we aim to profit using clean melodic vocals with an alternative second style of delivery, having technical guitar segues, twin lead melodies and solo’s to slamming hook laden chorus’s with breakdowns. We would not be one of those bands to bring in a collection of ideas and tools from our peers and try and tactlessly glue them together; this is more colourful than that. Though the appearance of this may seem to be unpopular or even un-fashionable, we don’t care about “fitting in” or being characterised by our music, instead we focus on delivering content that’s full of art, passion, energy, colour, aggression, meaning and dare we say, the more unusual.
In our experiences the focus has fallen off what we would consider to be music and the reasons for playing it, rehearsing it and even recording it. We want to achieve success naturally but we also want to challenge ourselves and hopefully the people that listen to it.
So if its formula you’re after, young kids with plenty of fizz but no direction or even something commercially viable but totally soul less then this isn’t that. We are real, real people with life experience, hard working with a tongue firmly rooted in the side our collective cheek.
Its Heavy, its Loud and its something Dark and Alternative
If this ticks your box, then Devices™ is for you.
Devices are a band that have evolved from York and the surrounding county’s under ground Hard Rock, Alternative and Metal scene.
Founding members P.G. Branton (Drums/Vocals) and Stew King (Lead Vocals/Guitar) have shared a musical chemistry since teenagers, forming Alternative Heavy Punk band Kilometre Zero to then establishing a more modern twisted metal trio with bass player Tom Leggott in Inspades.
As shared experiences and as stand alone musicians and writers, the pair have often worked together and fed into each others views and desires of writing hard hitting, melodic grit. Combining a shared love of music, art and culture, the back bone of Devices is driven by Branton and Kings’ vision, this time though challenging themselves on York’s DIY and Low Fi music scene; bringing back more of the ideas of late nineties work ethic with an exciting grasp of contemporary heavy music.
As Devices started to grow, a fresh recruiting process began and it started with gathering interested from individuals from local wanted ads.
Lu Dixon (Bass) from Hull based band SystemK was an obvious choice if not generally for its huge slice of fate. Being of a similar back ground and similar musical tastes, it was clear that this former guitarist turned bass player was not only on the same writing page but within a particular vein of humor.
As a three piece, new ideas began to flow but this time both PG and Stew were constantly aware of the need to develop their sound and progression and a pursuit of a second guitarist.
It’s no secret for those involved in a modern music scene in their own town that there seems to be a saturation of tribute acts and singer/songwriters and York is no different. Finding three members of a band is hard enough but a fourth was a challenge.
Never the less, Rob Horton (Guitarist) from Mantle of Thorn and his siblings project, Misguided Strum Monkeys proved not to be the case as again a collection of shared influences was a vital beginning point; a quick partnership with guitars soon began to come together.
Devices are now currently writing new material with songs such as “Depths” and “Wearing Thin” show casing their latest tools. For fans of melodic twin guitar, raw punk tinged drums, huge low end, technical segues, spat vocals, chunky riffs and clean Dickinson Esq vocals – there’s always Devices near you.