“A ferocious guitar-driven power trio equally adept at sprawling psychedelic jams and terse, haunting rockers.” – Lucid Culture
Devi’s debut album, Get Free, bursts out of the gate with the exhilarating powerpop gem “Another Day” and closes with a six-minute cover of “The Needle and the Damage Done” that ranges from dreamy to ferociously jamming. This is pure rock fudge played by a contemporary Cream at the top of its game – led by a woman.
“Debra has a compelling voice—a mix of Sheryl Crow and PJ Harvey—while her guitar playing reminds us of the incomparable Jimi Hendrix.” – Metal Hammer (Italy)
Devi is a rock trio from Hoboken NJ, led by a woman NYC blog Lucid Culture calls “one of the great guitar players of our time.” This is “an utterly bad-ass power trio,” says Midwest Record, with “a sense of humor, swagger, blistering guitar chops, looks, and the smarts to fuse niche with mass market.” Italy’s Audiovideofoto adds “something tells us we’re witnessing the birth of a rock star.”
Devi (”Davey”) is Sanskrit for “the Goddess”– nature in all her forms, including sound. The band got its start when Deb saw John Hummel playing drums in a tiny Hoboken NJ bar. John had played with Keith Mannino in Black Market Radio, the heavy rock band led by Peter Cornell (Chris Cornell’s brother), so when original Devi bassist Dan Grennes was hired by Toxic Avenger: The Musical, John and Deb asked Keith to play bass.
“Something tells us we are witnessing the birth of a rock star” – Audiovideofoto (Italy)
The band’s debut album, Get Free, is digitally distributed by Redeye USA and is starting to get airplay on college and AAA radio. After some rave reviews in Italy, Get Free was featured on the iTunes Italy homepage for 2 weeks in June.
Devi roped some talented friends into the Get Free sessions, including keyboardist Rob Clores (Black Crowes, Blues Traveler), jazz clarinetist Perry Robinson, sarod player & singer Wynne Paris (Krishna Das), Michael W. Dean (Bomb), and Wiser Time vocalist Carmen Sclafani.
“Get Free is about the longing for love and the longing for God, and the crazy things we pursue-from sex to drugs to relationships-to try to appease those longings,” says Debra, a Jivamukti yoga practitioner. “All our efforts to escape from being human help us evolve,” she adds, laughing, “whether we like it or not!”
Live, Devi adds album guests like Rob Clores and Wynne Paris to the mix whenever possible, “edging ever closer to the wild psychedelic jam band inside,” says Lucid Culture, adding, “if adrenaline, crescendos and heart-wrenchingly beautiful playing are something you would enjoy, get your ass down there.”
Hopefully this new release is just a first step toward universal recognition for Debra and her fabulous band. – Crusher Magazine
You can download the album’s title track for Free, and check out a stream of the rest of the album below.