Meet our majestic new bass player, Joe. He’s a fine, modern gentleman who enjoys the finer things in life.
Meet our majestic new bass player, Joe. He’s a fine, modern gentleman who enjoys the finer things in life.
Lots of photos from our past few shows, all in one handy place.
First, the above photos are from Jason Watts taken at Bella Terra’s Vegas Nights event. Jason does most of our album and promotional photography
Vegas Nights at Bella Terra, courtesy of Cole Event Group:
Vegas Nights courtesy of Jesse Seilhan:
Steve Guzman Benefit show at Detroit Bar via the OC Register:
Thanks everyone for your support of the band. We love making music for you.
Last Thursday night was a blast, but I have to admit I was really nervous. I’ve never played that much music live before in a row. 3 back to back 45 minute sets is a lot of music. I was wondering if any of us would fall over from being tired, or if Rachel and I would lose our voices. Thankfully, we endured.
First, Josh Anderson and Andrew Ho are beasts. They helped us set up a massive sound system that we rented from Tyler Carroll. He is a generous man, and all should bow to his beauty. But all should equally bow to Josh and Andrew. We are on a leash with time and resources, and everything was great thanks specifically to them. We appreciate you guys a ton.
Second, playing at Bella Terra Shopping Center is actually really great. I was worried they would make us turn down or security would bother us with load in procedures, etc, but nope - everyone was accommodating, providing resources for us on the spot without us having to search for it. Also, one of the female employees at Johnny Rocket’s was jumping up and down during our set while at work. You’re welcome Johnny Rockets…You are welcome indeed.
Third, we helped children mosh. Like preschool aged kids. I am still not sure of how I feel about it, but it was kind of amazing. What started out as a floor of maybe 20 or more kids dancing around turned into some light pushing and shoving which the parental security guards managed to put a stop to. It was awesome.
Fourth, we celebrated Mary (my Mother in law) in style with lots of happy birthday singing and cake. In addition, she managed to get the majority of downtown 7th street to Bella Terra. They didn’t mosh with the kids, but I could tell they wanted to. In addition, some of my wife’s students came out and it was awesome. It is always awesome to see people singing along, and I was so happy they came especially after having the chance to be a part of their grad night (Speaking of which, congratulations graduates!!).
Last, it just felt fun. People were singing along and clapping, and they were smiling often. I got to meet more of Andy’s family (who are awesome) and meet new people who hadn’t heard us before. It felt great and made me that much more grateful to be a Meanie. I know I speak for the band when I say I am really looking forward to coming back on August 2nd to do 3 more back to back sets. Each Thursday night they are doing these free concerts and they have awesome groups like Nicole Vaughn and Her Lovely Band as well as Moonsville Collective serenading the summer lovers. Check out the calendar and make sure and see a new band or two for free before you head into the movie theater or go inside to eat or shop.
July will be a little bit quiet for us which will allow us to finish up some important projects and work on new material. We are grateful to be a part of your musical world and hope to see you at the shows. As always, thanks for listening :)
Last night The Devious Means partnered with Collaborative World to rock and raise awareness for The A21 Campaign at The District in Tustin. The show opened with the beachy instrumentals of The Kettle Drivers, followed by groovy rock by The Relative Strangers (a band composed of 2 sets of twins), then on to the Meanies.
An extremely good looking crowd (like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie good looking) came out to show their meanie support.
(1) Shake (2) Witmer (3) Problematic (4) She Comes Around (5) Shoulds (6) Cover // That’s Not My Name by The Ting Tings (7) Orange Bird (8) Making Eyes (9) Porcelain Mouths (10) Good Company
The show featured toe-tapping, knee-slapping awesomeness, and oh, lots and lots of blood. Andy McCraw, our new guitar player, summoned his guitar wizardry to execute the greatest show he’s ever played with TDM (this was his 2nd show) only to be rewarded with gobs of blood shooting out of his hand. Ladies and gentlemen, that is true rock n’ roll.
The best part of the show for me was all the ridiculously adorable kids that came out to dance. There’s nothing like a kid doing the lazy robot arm that really pumps me up. Yo Gabba Gabba has nothing on these kids.
All in all, this show was a well crafted night of good tunes, dancing, epic guitar blood, and the best people around.
Our next show is at the Bella Terra in Huntington Beach on Thursday, June 28. Music starts at 6pm and we’re playing back to back sets. Please come. We really like you.
[ Rachel ]
Thursday night’s show at Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles was my first full show with The Devious Means. It felt powerful. It felt like the five different robot lions came together to form Voltron, defend the universe, and unleash highly dance-able rock all over an unsuspecting crowd.
Not unusual for LA crowds, the place filled up just as we launched into the opener. It was great to see so many lovely, familiar faces out and we apologize for melting them all off with our barnburner of a set.
“Shake” really set the table. Anytime someone whips out a trumpet these days (with the exception of that weird ska resurgence circa 1996-1999 where it was the norm) everyone stops talking about what their friend posted on Facebook and gets sucked in.
The show reached a high point for me on “Problematic”. When that chorus hits it’s like the impact of a big rig from Ice Road Truckers going off the cliff and smashing into a brood of hipsters.
How’d the show go overall? I think it’s best described with this - I shattered a guitar pick, and Jason destroyed a cymbal stand. The Devious Means are a wrecking ball of rock and roll.
Get ready OC, you’re next…ever dance to a wrecking ball?
[ andy ]
Two years ago, Chris, Jason, Megan and I spent an afternoon together writing a song. Chris had written and recorded a couple ideas, so he got the four of us together to work on one of them and see what might happen. You know, just for fun.
I wonder if I’ll ever forget the moment I knew we had something. Jason was sitting at the keyboard that very first day, fighting to get out a lead line he could hear in his head. All of the sudden the first keyboard line you still hear in “A New Sound” popped out. He quickly taught it to me so I could play it while he went back to the drums and the four of us tried it together.
When I left our little just-for-fun jam session, I wanted to hear that line over and over and over and over. I rehearsed it in my head and hummed it aloud for days. It was so catchy, in my mind, that I couldn’t think of why anyone else wouldn’t love it too.
Since that very first day, the joy of creating and playing music I love with people I love has not gotten old. That’s why it is with a heavy heart that I’m writing to announce that on Friday night, June 1st, I’ll be playing my last show as a member of The Devious Means.
It didn’t take long for all of us to get from “friends playing music together” to “friends who think our music is good enough to have a real band”. I don’t know whether it was that particular keyboard line for any of the others, but I remember all of us feeling this shared sense that we needed to really pursue this. I was already busy, but it was worth adjusting my schedule. I liked the songs and the people too much not to.
And I don’t regret a second of it. I have recorded two albums that I will always think are good. I have signed autographs (you want my autograph???). I have sat in the green room at House of Blues Anaheim and felt like a big deal (do you know they have showers in the bathrooms back there?). I have played for nearly a thousand people packed together, only to turn my head and see musicians I deeply respect watching our set intently from the side of the stage, clapping and singing along (they like my band???). I never expected any of this and I will never take it for granted, just as I will never take for granted that above all, I have shared these experiences with four musicians and friends whom I love and respect enormously.
But schedules are what they are, and mine is too busy. When we started, I figured I could give part of one day per week to this project, and maybe a second for shows. That worked for awhile. But I’m proud to say that the band is now too far along for that to remain feasible. The demands of writing, rehearsing, and taking care of band business stuff (of which there is somehow always a surprising amount) are too much for me, and I have realized that it is better for everyone if I give way to a new guitarist.
So if you’re available on June 1st and are within range of the Slidebar in Fullerton, I would love to see you at my last show. I can’t wait to go on stage one more time and get utterly lost in the energy of songs that I love to play with people I love to play them with.
A few months ago Chris came to practice with our first new song to write since finishing recording Songs We All Are Singing. He showed us his vocal ideas for back-and-forth verses with Rachel and an ultra-catchy, “if you’re not singing along it’s probably because you’re dead” chorus. When we finished practice I got in my car and, just like I had done with nearly every new song since that first day, I sang those parts to myself over and over and over and over.
I have truly loved being a part of The Devious Means, from “A New Sound” to “Comes Around” (or whatever the title ends up being). Thanks to every one of you who has made this such a joy.
There were a lot of amazing photos taken at our “Songs We All Are Singing” EP release show at House of Blues! Here is a link to most of them, with great shots of all the bands we were so lucky to play with: Moonsville Collective, The Silent Comedy, Midnight Hour, and Robert Jon and the Wreck.
Even more photos will be added soon:
OC Register (with a show review)
Andrew Bramasco (scroll to the bottom half)
5 reasons why you should come to The Devious Means EP release show this Friday at The House of Blues in Anaheim:
5) The Party will be there with the shiniest horse hooves this side of the galaxy
…Go here for show details
…E-mail us at email@example.com if you still need yourself some tickets
…Go here to listen to your special invitation from Midnight Hour and The Devious Means
…Go here to download FREE MUSIC from all the bands playing
We can’t wait to see you there!
On March 30th we are releasing our new album, “Songs We All Are Singing” at The House of Blues in Anaheim. We have been throwing around a lot of information about the show, so I thought it would be fun to put all of it in one place.
There are 4 bands playing the main stage, but between every set, Moonsville Collective will be playing throughout the venue. They may be on top of the bar, or outside, or at a random place on the show floor. But either way, they’ll be hosting us all night. Check them out here.
Robert Jon and the Wreck are opening the show, and they not only have an incredible live show, but they write great songs too. At times the groove in their music reminds me of personal favorites The Dead Weather. Check out Robert Jon and the Wreck here, playing what was personally my favorite song of theirs live.
Midnight Hour is playing second, and they have been favorably compared to bands like Neon Trees and early Killers. Their songs are wonderfully poppy without being saccharine and they put on a great live show as well. Check them out playing at the OC Music Awards best live band finals here.
The Silent Comedy are playing third, and they are ridiculously fun and energetic. Their live show is filled with energy that calls to mind bands like Cold War Kids, but The Silent comedy have a sound that is difficult to categorize. If any of the bands from the “O Brother Where Art Thou?” soundtrack were to use distortion and sing a little louder, you might be getting close. Check out this song.
You can download music absolutely FREE from all the bands by clicking here. Please share the site with your friends: www.likeandfollow.us. Also, check out this video we made with the Midnight hour chaps inviting you to come, come, come to our show.
We are in eager anticipation of what promises to be an amazing night. We also have a couple of surprises in store that we will be doing at this show only. If you still haven’t picked up your tickets yet, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are going, let us know here at the facebook event page.
This will truly be a night to remember.
Night 1 of our Detroit Bar residency (Monday, January 9th, 9pm, free) has a 20’s, speakeasy theme. When I have personally brought this up to friends, they have all asked me what the style might be. Here are a couple of links to get you thinking in the vein of Al Capone and Flapper Dresses:
…You get the idea. And remember - first 30 people who show up will get a FREE Devious Means pint glass!