Up Pops the Devil

Up Pops the Devil


Sounds like Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello watching a vhs copy of A Night at the Opera.


“All our songs revolve around the glory and defeat of relationships—mostly defeated relationships,” deadpans Dan Ruscito, singer/guitarist for Up Pops the Devil.

Dan Ruscito and guitarist Kevin Shoaff have played in bands together since high school—mostly with Ruscito holding down bass duties for Shoaff’s snaking leads. Up Pops the Devil is their first venture with both of them playing guitar.

Self-admitted cynics who hang out so much they could finish each other sentences, Ruscito and Shoaff wanted a band with a certain rock and roll aesthetic while still screaming bar band. “We have a lot of pop, rock and country influences, but we both wanted a rock band,” says Shoaff.

In 2006, when Ruscito and Shoaff started delving through old material and writing new pieces, a common theme kept occurring in their songs—temptation. It didn’t take Ruscito long to come up with the band name, “whenever I think of temptation, up pops the devil on my shoulder,” he says.

Up Pops the Devil recruited bassist Adam Bustin, who plays bass in bands ranging from bluegrass to reggae, and drummer Dave Rife, who has played with Ruscito in a roadhouse band for nearly seven years.

Now armed with a name, concept and rhythm section, Up Pops the Devil is trying to save the world two guitar players at a time. “We love the sound of the twin guitars, and Adam and Dave are so solid that we can have a lot of fun with it, says Ruscito. “The lyrics might sometimes be a little depressing, but we wrap it up in a rock-and-roll sheen.”


recording in progress, fall 2008 release

Set List

up pops the devil
don't want to be a stranger
broken heart in town
another ghost in this town
goodbye wedding day
dinner with the king
take it away
moonshiners in the moonlight
hot water/ cold water
idle hands

Covers by -
Bob Dylan
Elvis Costello
Nick Lowe
Bruce Springsteen
Charlie Rich
Commander Cody
Hank Williams

Up Pops the Devil is able to perform one to three 45min. sets of material as needed.