July 24, 2007

DeVotchKa: How It Ends

Weird. You'd think with the internet and all that albums would be released within the same time frame. Not so. It took nearly a year for an European record company to release How It Ends, the latest DeVotchKa album. The Denver band is a rara avis, with prominent roles for instruments like the sousaphone, accordion, piano, violin, a bouzouki, an upright bass, percussion, a trumpet, drums, and a theremin. You guessed it: tons of Eastern Europe influences. This is a band who can turn a depressing mudd soaked festival into a freak-out frenzy. They are that good. Gypsy-folkie-punky tunes, a bunch of Devendra Banharts on speed.

The album comes with an animated video for the Vengo, Vengo (a song from DeVotchKa's previous album Una Volta). When you have watched it you just know you will buy that album too. They are on tour in Europe this summer. Catch them if you can. They might even be playing Venus In Furs again.

Nick Urata: vocals, theremin, guitars, piano, trumpet
Tom Hagerman: violin, accordion, piano
Shawn King: drums, percussion, trumpet
Jeannie Schroder: sousaphone, upright bass, vocals

How It Ends is released in Europe on Anti Records. Release date: August 6th.

DeVotchKa - How it ends
  1. You Love Me
  2. The Enemy Guns
  3. No One Is Watching
  4. Twenty-six Temptations
  5. How It Ends
  6. Charlotte Mittnacht (The Fabulous Destiny Of...)
  7. We're Leaving
  8. Dearly Departed
  9. Such A Lovely Thing
  10. Too Tired
  11. Viens Avec Moi
  12. This Place Is Haunted
  13. Lunnaya Pogonka
  14. Reprise
  15. Vengo! Vengo! (animated video)
Tour dates:
  • 07/24 SpiegelTent, New York, NY
  • 07/25 SpiegelTent, New York, NY
  • 07/27 Floyd Fest, Floyd, VA
  • 08/03 Red Rocks Ampitheatre, Denver, CO
  • 08/11 Teatro Vila Real, Vila Real, Spain
  • 08/12 Paredes de Coura Festival, Paredes de Coura, Spain
  • 08/14 Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary
  • 08/15 Abart Music Club, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 08/16 Underground, Cologne, Germany
  • 08/17 Pukkelpop Festival, Hasselt, Belgium
  • 08/18 Escot Park, Otter St. Mary, UK
  • 08/20 93 Feet East, London, UK
  • 08/21 Birmingham Bar Academy Birmingham, UK
  • 08/22 Manchester Academy 3, Manchester, UK
  • 08/23 King Tuts Wah Wah, Glasgow, UK
  • 08/24 Crawdaddy, Dublin, Ireland
  • 08/25 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 08/26 Rock En Seine, Paris, France
  • 09/01 Bumbershoot, Seattle, Washington
  • 09/16 Austin City Limits Festival, Austin, TX

» devotchka.net
» myspace.com/devotchkamusic

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