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Devils Hunt Me Down
(In Medias Res 1)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre:
Blues, Hard rock
Sounds Like:
Spindrift, Soulsavers, Tom Waits
Seattle Washington natives Devils Hunt Me Down have released their third visionary and vibrant piece of work. What will hit you first is the distinct guttural bellowing vocals of Matthew Bentley within the first few seconds of "The Formula". What follows is an emotional blues gritty trip with diverse hooks and some impressive guitar and percussion accompaniment.

Track Listing:
1. The Formula (5:00)
2. Santa Maria (F. Lip Servus by Sunshine) (4:16)
3. A Start Window (4:37)
4. Mindbreaker (6:41)

Q&A with Devils Hunt Me Down
R11:
"Santa Maria" bleeds originality. What inspired this track and brilliant use of ‘Sunshine’ on the brass?

DHMD:

The main riff for Santa Maria was one that Matt had in his head for a bit before we put that all together. While smoking a joint in a hot bath, Matt was pondering a conversation he had at work with a woman named Maria, and came to some realizations that inspired the rest of the song, based on that original riff. We wanted to keep it swanky and dirty and bluesy, and almost feel like something you'd hear in a back-alley bar. That's why Sunshine's accompaniment made so much sense. He has joined us in the past for a guest spot on our song Little Tyger, off our first full length "A Subperceptive Dose". It was an idea that came about after we released it and we decided we would include him on our next recording. Sunshine and Matt have been friends since they were teenagers and have wanted to combine their musical endeavors for a long time. We're really glad we were able to have him on Santa Maria.

R11:
Bentley’s vocals shine and remind us of splashes of Kirpatrick Thomas from Spindrift, Neil Fallon from Clutch and the great Mark Lanegan from Screaming Trees fame. Who is the band’s biggest influence that inspired your formation?

DHMD:

Those are some seriously flattering comparisons! And you called one big influence already: Clutch. We've all been fans of those guys for a while. Other huge influences include Protein, The Sword, ASG, Queens of the Stone Age, Baroness, Them Crooked Vultures, Torche, Morphine, and many many others. We all listen to a lot of different tunes and try to bring a little of it all into what we create. Funk, Ska, Punk, Metal, Jazz: it all has to get in there.

R11:
If you could tour with one band you have yet to meet, who would it be?

DHMD:

At the top of that list would be Baroness. Those guys and lady just seem to completely understand expressive, creative, artistic rock music in a way that has influenced us since our inception. We also thinking playing with Mastodon would be a blast. And a chance to open for Gojira would likewise be amazing.

R11:

Our favorite track off the album is "Stark Winter" for the dark landscapes it paints and majestic riffs. Of your three releases which song do you most enjoy playing live?

DHMD:

That is such a tough one! Glad you folks are digging A Stark Winter. That is definitely a fun, moody one to play for the folks. One of our big favorites to play live is "Sky Island". We almost always close with it. That track will close out the third EP which we will release in December. The crowd seemed to really grab onto this one ever since we started playing it. The audience participation shaped the song so much, we had a huge group of the people who drove that shaping come in and record gang vocals the way they do it when we play live. From In Media Res I, Mindbreaker is a super fun one to play, and one we had been keeping back for the last couple of years. It feels good to break that one out. From In Medias Res II, A Caveman in a Computer Room is a great one for some dancing. Someone recently referred to that song as "Doowop Grunge", which we liked a lot.

R11:

Tell us a little about the album art? Who is the mind behind such intriguing abstract?

DHMD:

We were extremely fortunate to work with both of our first choices for Washington-based artists on In Media Res. Kristi Nicole McKnight (http://instagram.com/knicole87climb) did our covers and worked extremely hard to capture our vision and we feel that she did a brilliant job. She made three beautiful and original pieces just for us that unify the three EPs into one big work once it's all released. The interiors were done by Dusty Brockway (http://instagram.com/dustybrockway), who was likewise a total and complete delight to work with. He realized the vision for the interiors perfectly, and we used his amazing designs for our merch as well. We loved his style and knew it would fit that sketchy, black-and-white feel we wanted for the interior art, and that it would nicely juxtapose against Kristi's colorful covers. Both artists spent hours talking to Matt on the phone and by email, hearing our vision completely and making sure they understood what it was we wanted to do. Each cover and interior corresponds with each other and represents one of the tracks from each EP. We can never thank them enough for their incredible work.

R11:
Tell us a bit about your Cascadian upbringing and what shaped your vision?

DHMD:

We have said for a long time that the Pacific Northwest breeds art. It seems like that has always been true and we hope it always will be. It's hard to even visit and not be inspired by the majesty and wonder of Cascadia. We are all lovers of the forests, seas, mountains, and coastlines that make this area so magical. We draw our inspiration from the experiences in our lives, which seem to be so intertwined with our natural surroundings. This is evident in the album covers and interiors, all representative of this place we love to call home.

R11:

Can you turn us on to another band flying under the radar that you may know or played with in the past, where their music needs to be heard?

DHMD:

Everyone everywhere needs to hear Ten Miles Wide, Ever So Android, After Nations, Woodshed, Dirty Dirty, and Patrick Galactic. These are all groups of incredible humans who are also talented musicians making rad tunes!

Band Members:
Matthew Singleton Bentley - 12-String/Vocals
Christopher Allen Bicknell - Guitar
Callum James Michael Dickson - Drums
Ian 'Liquid Fingers' Sides - Bass

Final thoughts for In Medias Res I:
There are not enough bands out there like Devils Hunt Me Down. They have bottled a special sound that is quite entertaining and unique for a blues rock album. This one needs to be in your collection particularly if you are looking to add something a bit bold and unique. - 10/11/2017

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