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Indie Rock

An Interview with Deanna Devore

The Deli (TD): Your first two singles of 2018, “A Cause” & “Seven Eight”, have a fuller sound then your sophomore EP, "X Number of Days”. I know you’re always growing and developing as a musician, but how has your production approach change between 2015 and these tracks?
Deanna Devore (DD): I think the sound of my production has grown with the times. I wouldn’t say the style has changed (though it may be a touch more RnB/jazz). I’ve always gone for a blend of downtempo electronic beats with real instrumentation (pretty synths and guitars), but it definitely has matured and aligned with the sound that I had envisioned for the new music.

TD: Did the recording of these new songs bring the discovery of new, now favorite gear? Or some new lessons about the recording process?
DD: I would say one plugin I used in the new music which was a huge factor in the overall sound is Omnisphere. The synth sounds are fantastic and it opened a whole new world of sound for me. Also, I’ve been playing around with Ableton for beats and have used that with other Chicago producers as of late.

TD: You recently appeared on the debut EP from David Darrko. How did that come about and how do you approach collaborations compared to your solo work?
DD: The David Darrko track I sang additional vocals on was through his producer, Dan Zima. Dan and I have helped each other out on projects for a few years now. I enjoy doing songwriting collaborations as well…writing for other artists, and would love to delve into that side of things more since writing/producing is a big part of what I do.

TD: I recently watch the video of your performance of “A Cause” live at Schubas. I may be wrong, but the track does not sound like it was recorded with a live band. What was the process of bringing these new songs to a live audience?
DD: Yes, none of the songs were recorded with a live band. I played the parts myself. And then I had each musician in my live band learn the parts from the recordings. We tried to recreate everything live with an electronic drum pad, backing tracks from ableton, and programming synth tones for my keyboardist to play. It was a long process but I’m pretty happy with the live sound and how similar it is to the recordings.

TD: While on stage you play guitar, what do you have on your pedalboard right now and how do you use it?
DD: As for my pedal board, I have a delay pedal, looper, tremolo, phase shifter, overdrive, and a tuner on it. (Attached is a pic). Basically I’m hitting the pedals while I’m playing and singing to achieve different tones/effects. 

TD: You recently announced an upcoming tour, who is in the touring band?
DD: The touring band is Colin Drozdoff on wurlitzer and synth, Michael Downing on bass and synth, Nick Kabat on drums and electronic drum pad and Lindsey Smith on backing vocals.

TD: Are these singles building to a full-length album this year? If so, when can fans expect the album and/or more great singles?
DD: These singles are off my forthcoming EP. There is one more single dropping mid-September and the whole EP will be coming out at the end of September.

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We talk gear, live performance, and her forthcoming EP with Deanne Devore
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It was a long process but I’m pretty happy with the live sound and how similar it is to the recordings.
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Grapetooth "Red Wine"

Grapetooth, Clay Frankel (Twin Peaks) and Chris Bailoni (Homesick), have released a new single, “Red Wine”, from their forthcoming self-titled debut LP. This is the third single from the album, which will be released on November 9th via Polyvinyl.

You can catch Grapetooth at Thalia Hall on November 11th with Dehd and Sports Boyfriend.

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New The Retinas EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Yellow Rocket, the latest musical vessel from The Retinas, was recently launched. Whether simmering in a stargazing state of reflection or surging toward the unknown, the power trio retains a gravitational pull. Disseminated from space, the garage rockers balance hushed valleys with adrenaline-laced peaks. Cultivating an ebb and flow between the here and the out there, Yellow Rocket sparkles on our radar.

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Gabrielle Smith (from Eskimeaux) new solo pop project: Gabby's World

Known more for works of raw emotion and ambient exploration, Gabrielle Smith -- performing under the moniker Gabby's World, and formerly known as Eskimeaux and Ó -- treads into poppy fields with her new single "Rear View" from her upcoming album Beast on Beast. "Rear View" continues the transition of Smith's sound from dark, DIY, drone-based songs into a flower punk bedroom pop act; however, she loses none of the feeling and emotion in her new song. Her previous EP Year of the Rabbit provided space for Smith to feel out her pop possibilities, and, by contrast, she delivers plenty of hooks on "Rear View", tying her visual poetry to head-bopping glo-fi in a way that will make you want to dance in a sad way. Listen to "Rear View" below. The Beast on Beast album release party is scheduled for November 15 at Elsewhere's Zone One.  - Will Sisskind

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Hot Lips - "Piranha" Video Premiere!

Hot Lips are one of the most talked about bands around Toronto right now. They have an aggressive rock sound with some electronic influences not too far off from a Death From Above style. They are able to achieve this with their bass/drums/synth instrumentation. Their whole vibe has a dark sexiness to it which is apparent in this brand new video for their track “Piranha”. This live-off-the-floor video was recorded at Playdead Cult Studios and recorded/mixed by their longtime producer Josh G. Bowman. Alex Black (bass) and Keith Heppler (drums) lay down a thunderous rhythm while vocalist Karli Forget wails throughout the whole song and even grabs a bass of her own near the end for a slammin’ double bass attack. Hot Lips have a number of shows lined up across Ontario this fall including their single release party at Junction City Music Hall on October 13th. – Kris Gies


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