"At times [the music] seems out of control; moving frantic, saying things you shouldn't. But [it] wears it well, and knows how to get away with it in public." -Godforbid
According to That Other Wiki
, That Handsome Devil
is "an American rock band hailing from Brooklyn, New York by way of Boston, Massachusetts." According to Orange Alert
, it's "a wonderful mix of Tom Waits
, Gogol Bordello
, and G. Love (if he decided to grow a pair and stop singing about basketball and lemonade)." According to Notable Music Co.
, it's "everybody’s favorite psychedelic-rockabilly-jazz-R&B-blues-surf band
." According to frontman Godforbid
, the band is simply "fringe pop." But one thing's for sure: whatever That Handsome Devil is, it's always a little bit deranged
and a little bit alcohol-soaked
, and its fans love the band for it.
- Godforbid, frontman, lead vocalist, and lead songwriter
- Jeremy Page, guitar, bass, keyboard, banjo, pedal steel, glockenspiel, percussion, accordion, synthesizer, kazoo, background vocals, and songwriter
- Naoko Takamoto, back-up vocals
- Andy Bauer, drums, percussion, accordion, guitar, and background vocals
- Evan Sanders, keyboard, trumpet, and trombone
- Jeremy Siegel, bass and background vocals
- Sam Merrick, drums
- Deflon Sallahr, live show hype man
- Abigail Sweetwater, personal assistant
- Alaskan Fishermen, a hip-hop and rap group that includes Godforbid and Page
- American Style Cardboard
- Kendra Morris
- That Handsome Devil EP (2006)
- A City Dressed in Dynamite (2008)
- Enlightenment's For Suckers EP (2009)
- The Heart Goes to Heaven, The Head Goes to Hell (2011) (Abbreviated THGtH)
- The Jungle Book Free Cover Album (Download here) (2012)
- "Dating Tips" (2004)
- "Steady and Slow" (2007)
- "Hey White Boy" (2007)
- "Lucky Me" (2008)
- "Mr. Grinch" (2008)
- "Chicken Claw" (2009)
- "Marilyn Loves Heroin" (2009)
- "Disco City" (2009)
The band has been featured in the Guitar Hero
and Rock Band
game series as well as on the TV series Weeds
. It tours across the United States mideast in a month-long bar crawl every August.
The band provides examples of:
Clockwise from top left: Naoko Takamoto, Jeremy Page, Godforbid.
The music provides examples of:
- American Dream: Flavor 2 in "Bored."
- Black Comedy
- Cluster F-Bomb: "Inside You."
- Evil Sounds Deep: Godforbid's voice has been described as "a lot like that talking plant from Little Shop of Horrors."
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Charlie's Inferno" is a sprightly, elevator-music-esque tune about a man who is blocked from entering heaven and sent to Ironic Hell for lack of any other place to put him. And that's just one example.
- The Masochism Tango: "Twist the Knife."
- Mood Whiplash: "Party's Dead," the last song on THGtH. It's somber and notably lacking in black comedy.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Songs take inspiration from everything from surf to swing.
- Genre Roulette: Although almost all of the songs have blended influences, the sheer breadth of styles involved inevitably results in some weird transitions. A good example is the jump from "Charlie's Inferno" to "U + I in Suicide" on The Heart Goes to Heaven.
- Rock Opera: THD's re-imagining of The Jungle Book, in which a man is kicked out of his home and betrayed by false friends, tries to find religion only to become disillusioned with it, joins the military, joins the anarchists opposing the military, becomes a solitary homeless scavenger, and ultimately decides to rejoin humanity.
- Sanity Slippage: "Viva Discordia."
- Suicide as Comedy: "U + I in Suicide."