Kevin Devine And The Goddamn Band
featuring An Horse
Saturday, Oct 08, 2011 8:00 PM MST
(8:00 PM Doors)
Hard Rock Cafe, Phoenix, AZ
Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band
BETWEEN THE CONCRETE & CLOUDS
As Kevin Devine started work on his sixth solo album, Between the Concrete & Clouds, he decided to make some fundamental changes. The first notable difference was the way he structured his day when he woke up each morning. Having spent most of his time on the road during the last few years, he needed some adjustment when he was stationary, at home in Brooklyn.
And this marked the second big change for the New York City-born singer and songwriter. Rather than starting his process with a tight focus on the words, he allowed himself to follow "the things you unconsciously stumble upon—almost like the lyrics are a color more than a narrative." Not, of course, that it meant any less of a commitment to that element of his writing.
For nine wildly productive years, since the 2002 release of Circle Gets the Square, Kevin Devine has been tireless and fearless in exploring the possibilities for his music. It seemed his moment had come when Capitol Records released Put Your Ghost to Rest in 2006—but the following year, he was dropped during the label's merger with Virgin Records. Seizing this as an opportunity, Devine committed to building his growing fan base through constant touring, and the results were the most successful and widely acclaimed music of his career with Brother’s Blood and Bad Books, a side project with Andy Hull and other members of Manchester Orchestra.
His work on stage and in collaboration with other musicians emerged instantly when he began the actual recording of Between the Concrete & Clouds. "The first time we got into the studio and played 'Off-Screen,' and the chorus kicked in, I knew this was different, and awesome," he says. Kevin Devine's excitement aboutBetween the Concrete & Clouds is obvious, and well-earned. "The best thing you can do with anything you make," he says, "is to feel like 'I’m in love with it, and I’ll live and die with it regardless of what anybody else thinks.' If it ends up being the most successful thing I do, great, but if it’s just the next step in the chain, that's great, too.”
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