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The best kept secret in music

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"Live at Village Pub South, Amityville, NY 12.12.03"

“We’re trying to do something here, but I’m not exactly sure what”, was frontman, Jim Fitzgerald’s preamble to Devia’s set. The trio of club vets have 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


"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


"Live at ACME UNDERGROUND, NYC"

...A full, powerful mass of sound carried a distinct purpose—communication 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


Discography

Mood. Rhythm. Power. EP (pre-production)

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Bio

Reactive dark thematic music with an ear toward accessibility, Devia picks up on the lineage of conceptual rock layed out by David Bowie, The Beatles, Elvis Costello, The Cure, and on it goes...  Devia builds a wall-of-sound with the simplest of all tools: big vocals upon a solid foundation of guitar, bass and drums...  a power trio looking to rock themselves and share the music and the feeling with anyone and everyone who still has a heart beating out there in the world...  Devia is about searching... within and without...  and how that might or might not satisfy...  Melodies and lyrics run the gamut of emotions...  placed in the context of true independent rock...

Devia is from Long Island, NY and has been together since early 2002. Devia released their 3-song promotional single Mood. Rhythm. Power. in February 2003, an entirely homespun production featuring their trademark sound on Maria, Same As Yesterday, and When I’m Gone…pick up the free CD here… A 6 song E.P. is due out by October 2003 featuring live-set highlights Life, Those Days, and Seconds… Devia has been performing live in Long Island and NYC venues [Stephen Talkhouse, Munchaba Lounge, The Downtown, Acme Underground] and getting airplay on local radio stations WUSB 90.1FM, WCWP 88.1FM and WGBB 1240AM. Their sound has been likened to acts such as Lifehouse, Radiohead, The Beatles, Jeff Buckley and Queens of the Stone Age with impressions of post-punk England and early-underground American acts. Devia’s live performance is riveting and absorbing, and reeks of sincerity in both music and lyric.

Jim Fitzgerald [guitar, lead vocals] fueled by fundamental truth in music, visual arts, good people and other cool bands… channels existential tendencies and post-punk sensitivities writing tunes and playing Devia music… his love and need… enjoys ridiculous comedy, dark films, a plethora of any music that’s real… and watching the water flow… Goal: To become famous enough to be assassinated
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Ben Eriksen [drums, vocals] inspired by simplicity and the energies of pure, unadulterated motivation. Brought up by a family of musicians and hopelessly thrown behind the drumkit and into the 1980’s LI/NYC hardcore punk scene at an early age...only to be rescued from mental whitebread by the truth and integrity of reality TV programing.

Will Becchina [bass, vocals] Growing up in Cali and moved East as a young kid, Will is a New York Surfer who is into rational thought and reckless recreation. His CD’s random mode is just as likey to produce Mozart or Debussey, as it is The Specials, Tool or Depeche.