Kevin Devine live album
On the eve of his UK tour with Cursive, Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Kevin Devine releases a brand new, digital only, live album. 'Matter Of Time: KD&GDB Tour EP 2012' features 10 songs recorded live with the full band in a local studio, alongside one brand new acoustic track, and is now available via iTunes for a special low price. To explain the idea in more detail, the man himself...
Between September 6th of last year and May 4th of this year, myself and this most recent and most fully-realized iteration of the Goddamn Band (Mike Fadem on drums, Daniel Sparks on bass and backing vocals, and Mike Strandberg on guitar and backing vocals) played something in the vicinity of 100 shows in 8 countries supporting Between The Concrete & Clouds. Over that time, as we got more comfortable taking risks, the songs (from all the records, not just the new one) changed presentationally, sometimes in ways that felt pretty radical. I feel like our band became a band, for the first time in my career, really; noisy, scratchy, tuneful, dynamic.
I wanted to document the way the songs and arrangements had stretched and grown during the cycle. So, a few weeks back we went into Seaside Lounge, a great studio a few blocks from my apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and recorded live versions with Phil Palazzolo there, VERY little overdubbing (a few backup vocals and distorted bass lines), sung live, played live, no frills. I'm pretty thrilled with the results, and thought it was appropriate to share them with our fans, especially around another full summer of touring, really closing out the Concrete cycle circling back through the UK with Cursive, US with mewithoutyou, and appearing at Lollapalooza in August.
I also wanted to offer something new, and stylistically contrasting, as a counterpoint to the rockier band performances. "Matter Of Time" is a song that literally came to me during a walk a few weeks ago; it kind of started singing itself to me while I was en route to see some people, and finished itself on my way home from the same meeting. I rarely write straight love songs, ones that don't have a kind of trap door in them; sometimes, you're moved in gratitude, and want to capture it, to simplify its complexity. This song is as close as I can get.
'Matter Of Time...' is available to buy from iTunes now for the special low price of just £3.49.
Matter Of Time: KD&GDB Tour EP 2012 tracklisting:
02. The Longer That I'm Out Here
03. Just Stay
04. A Story, A Sneak
05. Cotton Crush
06. Buried By The Buzz/Carnival/Another Bag Of Bones
07. Between The Concrete & Clouds
08. Brother's Blood
09. Matter Of Time
Tour dates (w/ Cursive)
01.06 - Brighton, Audio
02.06 - London, Cargo
04.06 - Manchester, Ruby Lounge
05.06 - Dublin, Academy 2
06.06 - Belfast, Limelight
07.06 - Glasgow, King Tut's
08.06 - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
09.06 - Birmingham, Academy 2
10.06 - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
11.06 - London, Birthday's (KD headline show - no Cursive)