Devotchka (and all variants of capitalization thereupon) is a quartet, hailing from the music mecca
of Denver, Colorado. They originally were a backing band for burlesque models, including Dita Von Teese, before they released a few albums of Slavic-influenced mariachi folk gypsy indie rock
Their song "How it Ends" has been used in many a commercial and trailer, including those for Gears of War
and Everything Is Illuminated
. Anyone who has seen Little Miss Sunshine
will recognize some of their music upon hearing it, and recently, their songs were used in the Brazilian telenovela Meu Pedacinho de Chão
. Despite this, they remain relatively underground.
They have added touring members, but the core of the band band is composed of:
- Nick Urata (lead vocals, guitar, bouzouki, trumpet, piano, theremin)
- Jeanie Schroder (sousaphone, upright bass)
- Tom Hagerman (accordion, viola, piano, Melodica)
- Shawn King (drums, percussion, trumpet, accordion, organ)
Lots of instrument switching ensues during live shows.
They provide examples of:
- Anti-Love Song: "You Love Me."
- Breakup Song: "Such A Lovely Thing," "The Clockwise Witness"
- Concept Album: Word of God confirms "How It Ends" is about a young Ranchero who goes off to war to find that his childhood sweetheart has married another man for his money.
- Cover Version: Siouxsie and the Banshees's "The Last Beat of My Heart," Frank Sinatra's "Somethin' Stupid," Velvet Underground's "Venus in Furs."
- Epic Rocking: "Such a Lovely Thing," "The Enemy Guns," "The Man from San Sebastian," "Life is Short," "Dark Eyes."
- Indecipherable Lyrics
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Nick Urata's constant onstage companion: a bottle of red wine. He has been known to splash the audience.
- I Will Wait for You: "The Enemy Guns," "You Love Me," "I Cried Like a Silly Boy."
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: They have theremins, they have bouzoukis, they have an accordion, they have a sousaphone covered with Christmas lights on stage. What else do you expect?
- Obligatory Bondage Song
- Shout-Out: Their name is a reference to A Clockwork Orange. "Charlotte Mittnacht (The Fabulous Destiny Of...)" sounds like it's straight off the soundtrack to Amélie (Translated: The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain)
- Silly Love Songs: So many that the band has heard tales of people meeting at their shows and later getting engaged or married.