SOUNDCHECK TO ENCORE WITH KEVIN DEVINE
Kevin Devine is an American songwriter and musician from Brooklyn, New York, who is known for melodic, acoustic songs with alternately introspective, and political lyrics. 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 Nirvanaand Bob Dylan. Recently, Kevin Devine has rejoined his previous band, Miracle of 86, for a series of reunion shows.
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. His brother, Dan Devine, is a columnist for Yahoo! Sports.
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.
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.
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.
On January 14, 2013, Kevin launched a Kickstarter to help fund his next two albums. Later that day, it was announced the entire goal amount was raised, and on February 28, when the project finished being funded, the fans of Kevin Devine had pledged $114,805 (USD). 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, Kevin 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 will be released February 24. The remaining five splits will be released every other month in April, June, August, October, December.
On January 29, 2016, Kevin announced that his ninth LP was completed and mastered. It will be released on Procrastinate! Music Traitors.
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