Beat the Devil

Beat the Devil

BandAlternativeRock

Beat the Devil brings no guitar to the table, but who needs it when they have lead singer Shilpa Ray’s howl o’ pain, sharp-tongued verses and otherworldly harmonium, painted with Mishka Shubaly’s low-end sludge? If this is the voice of Satan, we’ll see you in hell, suckers!

Biography

Beat the Devil formed in the fall of 2004 when Shilpa Ray, a tired, tiny 5ft 2 Soho shop girl, stumbled into the Sidewalk Café Anti-Hootenanny to sing an a cappella version of her song “Idiot’s Guide.” Lach, the Anti-folk overlord, was so impressed by her fearless performance that he told her if she could find an instrument and write some more songs, he’d give her a show. Unable to learn how to play guitar, she strapped her first instrument, a large harmonium, in a case shaped like a baby’s coffin and rolled it over the Williamsburg Bridge with a hand truck. This trafficking of songs and harmonium, through rain, sleet, snow and general world devastations occurred for several months until she met a drummer and a bassist, nearly-defeated indie-outlaw giant, the 6ft. 5 Mishka Shubaly. He responded to her Craig’s List ad thinking she was a man; after a few phone calls, meetings, and rehearsals, he figured out that she wasn’t. He brought a much-needed muscularity to Ray’s songs as well as a nearly-defeated van to help her carry her stuff. They added drummer Mitchell King and for the next year, Beat the Devil has brought their throbbing, ass-shaking, guitar-less voodoo howl to NYC clubs such as Pianos, Mercury Lounge, and the Knitting Factory. In October '06 they released a self-titled EP and continue to write and perform in the city and on the road.

Discography

Beat the Devil (self-titled, self-released EP)