deVries (pro. deh-VREESE; Dutch def. from/of the North) is the new band of Travis DeVries, of Seattle's legendary shoegaze band The Turn-ons. In August, 2009, Spin magazine listed The Turn-ons in its "100 Greatest Bands You (Probably) Never Heard." Peter Buck of R.E.M. once described them as, "...simply my favorite new Seattle band. [Q Magazine]." They played sold put shows with widely known indie bands such as The Strokes, BRMC, and Interpol. Their last show was with The Jesus and Mary Chain in the spring of 2008.
Death to God was recorded in Seattle in the fall of 2007 with the help of friends and members of The Turn-ons. It was produced and mixed by Turn-ons' member and producer , Erik Blood (The Moondoggies, Tea Cozies, Romance). It was then mastered by legendary producer, Kramer (Galaxy 500, Low, Sufian Stevens). Upon receiving the tracks for mastering, he proclaimed, "Travis, you're a fucking genius. This music is just too good" and "this shit is amazing."
Travis makes music purely from his heart, and without compromising for the purpose of success. He writes songs that are beautiful, lush, engaging, emotional, and intelligent. His sound harkens to the reining days of Britpop and Madchester bands such as Ride, Stone Roses, and Suede. It reminds people of what they love most about music, and what is lacking most in indie music today. His lyrics touch on a wide range of topics of social interest, from trans-gender children (Boys are Bores), to global warming (Slowing Down), and financial woes (Black Thursday Repeat).
He moved to NYC in the summer of 2008 after the mixing of Death to God was completed, and continues deVries there with a new line-up of talented musicians. They are playing shows throughout Brooklyn to growing popularity and enthusiasm, and writing new songs to be recorded later this year for a future release.
Death to God was released November 10, 2009 via Noise on Noise. The reviews from bloggers and online publications have been overwhelmingly positive. The follow-up album to it, I Have Chosen Hell, will be comprised of more tracks Travis recorded during the 2007 session, and up through his last session with Erik Blood in early January, 2010. It will release later this year on Noise on Noise.
deVries have recently returned to the studio in NYC to record new demos for a future album. They are also in the process of booking a west coast tour for this summer.
Travis DeVries-vox, guitar
Sean Gibbons- lead guitar
Martin Glazier - guitar
Johnny Lancia - bass
Kuki Kooks - drums
deVries released its debut album, "Death to God", for digital download in July '09 and the CD was released in Nov. '09. Their next release, "I Have Chosen Hell," should be out in 2010
de Vries - Death To God
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This is a simple recipe. Take a healthy dollop of the Stone Roses debut album and strip off the danc...This is a simple recipe. Take a healthy dollop of the Stone Roses debut album and strip off the danciest elements of it. Replace the skeleton with a small handful of Doves drum patterns and fold it all together with a love for Echo and the Bunnymen and Spiritualized. Throw it all into a bowl, fold the mixture together gently and cook in a low oven for 45 minutes. Leave it to cool down under an Oldham raincloud for a week and a half and then garnish with some affection for the Jesus and the Mary Chain before serving.
In other words, Death to God is possibly the greatest Manchester album never to have been made in Manchester. In fact, it was made in New York, by an American. The good thing is, you can take all of those references at face value, because Death To God is a beautiful piece of work. Yes it sounds like it was recorded under a rain cloud but it’ll entertain you from start to finish.
Simple. Precise. Haunting. Special. Death to God is a must have for all of those who spend more time looking at their shoes than should be considered healthy.
Don’t miss it.
New to the city and worth checking out: deVries - live on 12.10
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Guitarist and singer Travis DeVries' name might ring a bell among those of you who obsess about cult...Guitarist and singer Travis DeVries' name might ring a bell among those of you who obsess about cult shoegaze bands (for some reason shoegaze is the inde cult genre par excellence): he was the main force behind the band The Turn-ons, also nicknamed "the godfathers of the shoegaze Seattle scene". Now based in NYC, Travis has formed a new project and conveniently called it "deVries". The man has worked almost two years to deliver "Death to God" (released last week with a show at Cameo), a fine shoegaze-pop record that kept us involved from the first to the last fuzzy guitar chord. The songs on the album share an atmospheric and contemplative weft, given by the textured and hypnotic guitar sound and by Travis' droney, reverbery melodies. DeVries’s songs create an original musical universe while giving a lingering impression that they have always existed. The ethereal "Girl in the fur skin" and the captivating "Slowing Down" could have been classic shoegaze gems from the early '90 next to Kevin Shields' unforgettable "Girl in the City" or The Jesus and Mary Chain's "Just like Honey". "Darkest Summer" is a beguiling melody that flooats on a saturated orchestration and definitely has the power to linger in your mind for awhile. Don’t miss deVries’s show at Union Hall on December 10. - by Claire-Marie Le Bihan
Review - Death to God
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Travis DeVries of Seattle's late, great Turn-Ons is back with a new band whose sonic agenda should c...Travis DeVries of Seattle's late, great Turn-Ons is back with a new band whose sonic agenda should come as no surprise to any Turn-Ons devotee. He's still into the dreamier side of the spectrum, whispering a musical language best enjoyed by fans of the Church, Yo La Tengo, any shoe-gaze band you'd care to adore and the Jesus & Mary Chain, who happened to headline DeVries' final show with the Turn-Ons (several of whom appear here as his backing band).
The songs do have a tendency to blend together, but that also makes for an engagingly cohesive sleepwalk through his atmospheric melodies on such hummable highlights as "Boys are Bores" (about trans-gendered children) and the drone-along hooks of the Spector-on-codeine gem, "Girl in the Fur-Skin Rug." A few songs rock a little harder than the others - the practically mod-ish "Black Thursday Repeat" in particular - but not enough to wake the baby.
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Seattle's deVries is the brainchild of Travis deVries, also a member of the Turn-Ons. Their record D...Seattle's deVries is the brainchild of Travis deVries, also a member of the Turn-Ons. Their record Death To God is a good one. It's a weird, unpredictable mix of your favorite bands, but it's still strikingly original. The songs are similarly arranged and produced - think T. Rex in a subway tunnel - but they're also very distinct, including the beguiling "The Darkest Summer". They're also Peter Buck's favorite Seattle band. If you're not convinced yet, I'm not sure what else to tell you. Uh, the CD comes with a $20 bill inside ... ?*
In any case, pick up the record when it's released on Nov. 10. You won't be sorry.
* This may not be true.
Album Review - deVries Death to God
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album review deVries Death To God Noise On Noise DeVries' Death To God might be titled like a ...
Death To God
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DeVries' Death To God might be titled like a metalhead's dream, but nothing can be further from its reality. Beginning with a thirty second ambient intro track, Death To God then explodes into the immediately engaging "Boys Are Bores," in which deVries, consisting of former member of The Turn-Ons, Travis DeVries, easily prove that even tracks about hermaphrodites can be taken seriously if you have the right musical chops to create them with. A catchy guitar introduction and low-key vocals easily render "Boys Are Bores" one of the best tracks on the album -- an early highlight that is not the only highlight, but certainly one of the most notable.
DeVries draws comparisons to Brit-pop bands such as The Stone Roses, and they're not far-fetched comparisons. '60s-style guitarwork is present on this album, along with fabulously airy vocals. However, unlike the aforementioned bands, deVries have an updated indie rock sound, featuring more crisp production and mastering, courtesy of Erik Blood (The Moondoggies, Tea Cozies) and Kramer (Low, Sufjan Stevens).
But enough name-dropping, because the simple fact is that that Death To God is an album that's simply, well, pleasant. Light, airy shoegaze textures are commonplace, and ethereal vocals bridge the gaps in-between. Death To God exemplifies its subgenre well, adding in lyrical twists as highlights, but ultimately, it's a subgenre without much room for breaking new ground. So, despite a solid album, exposure is the key.
deVrie's Album, "Death to God" is Brilliant
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Death To God, the new album from deVries, is an impressive mix of songs. Travis deVries, former fron...Death To God, the new album from deVries, is an impressive mix of songs. Travis deVries, former front man for Seattle band The Turn-Ons, delivers with solid lyrical content backed by just the right musical atmosphere and depth created on every track. Sometimes airy, sometimes pumped out with rock bravado, the melancholy feel of the album is balanced perfectly by well-placed orchestration and catchy guitar riffs, giving the album real depth and diversity.
ï¿½Boys and Girls,ï¿½ an upbeat song about transgender children, pumps out a danceable beat with nice guitar riffs and bouncy lyrics. In fact, every track on the album has music that, on paper, would seem to not fit with the serious and mature issues deVries tackles. But he pulls it off brilliantly! It makes for a very beautiful album.
Death To God is out now on iTunes and Amazon via Noise on Noise.
Alex Aaron, Indie Contributor
deVries "Death to God" (Noise on Noise, 2009)
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Turn-Ons frontman Travis DeVries has relocated from Seattle to New York since The Turn-Ons previous ...Turn-Ons frontman Travis DeVries has relocated from Seattle to New York since The Turn-Ons previous album, 2008's 'Curse'. A change of band later and under the monicker "deVries", 'Death to God' sounds like a fifth Turn-Ons album.
There is little to distinguish it from earlier efforts, both 'Death to God' and 2006's 'Parallels' even feature the peculiar image of boys in underpants on their front covers. Lyrically and musically, DeVries continues to mine a distinct strata of late eighties and early nineties shoegaze and Brit-pop, with The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, The Smiths, Suede, James and The La's clear and persistent influences.
The term "shoegaze" continues to fall out of fashion as more bands capitalise on its tricks and textures. In recent years it has become a byword for experimentation, with some such as The Twilight Sad mixing guitars and electronics to great effect or like Seattle based The Sight Below, others are producing vast soundscapes of electronic interference. After experimenting with different instruments and ideas on 'Curse', DeVries has returned to a sound and formula that was perfected in 1988 on My Bloody Valentine's 'Isn't Anything': ethereal vocals dealing with personal demons over a haze of crunching guitars and keyboards. DeVries does it so well though, and while the influences are obvious on 'Death to God', the album is more consistent and better for it.
'Death to God' is haunting and moving music, far more sophisticated and beautiful than the angsty title suggests. That there is little new here is both the album's greatest appeal and its biggest weakness.
Typical set list is about 1/2 hr long, consisting of songs from the current and upcoming album, and more.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.