Posts Tagged ‘Bad Books’

Kevin Devine is a master storyteller, an independent singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. He plays alone, with his Goddamn Band, and as a member of Bad Books. he imbues his ninth album “Instigator” – from the biting power-pop of “Both Ways” and “No Why” to the angular, Nirvana-esque “Guard Your Gates” & gorgeously finger-picked “No One Says You Have To” with intricate details and often-uncomfortable truths. Their meanings are personal, but their themes are universal. It’s a skill that makes both his albums and his live show so alluring: Even when Devine’s writing about the world at large, he’s pointing a mirror back at himself. And it’s there on “No History,” a string of personal vignettes centered on the September 11th, 2001 attacks. It’s a song made much more meaningful by both the din of the 2016 presidential election and current global climate.

Produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.), Instigator is Kevin Devine’s ninth full-length album and comes on the heels of 2015’s Devinyl Splits with the likes of Brand New’s Jesse Lacey, Tigers Jaw, and Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws, the Kickstarter-funded double-album collection Bubblegum and Bulldozer, and two Bad Books albums. Out on October 21st.

Taken from ‘Instigator’,