CHRIS DEVOTION AND THE EXPECTATIONS – BREAK OUT
NEW ALBUM – MONDAY 2ND JUNE 2014
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Chris Devotion & The Expectations – or CD/EX if urgency is your prerogative – are fond of a little savage rock’n’roll and a pert frolic with the classic pop song. Coming together in perfect harmonious, lyrical and mathematical order for an average running time of 2 and a half minutes, these songs have the power to align planets.
If you’re new to the band Chris Devotion’s story is as wired as his music and there’s a strong sense that there’s no such thing as glory for this man unless it is by the most riff-slaying of means.
Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Devotion cut his teeth executing riotous performances in such glamorous locations as a disused nunnery and a fetish club, garnering ringing endorsements from rock and roll peers – John Reiss of Rocket From The Crypt fame and Titus Andronicus have openly declared their admiration – along the way.
At the turn of the decade Devotion employed the illustrious expertise of The Expectations, a trio of suited-and-booted thrashers, to bolster the foundations of Devotion’s own high octane rock and roll template.
Since the release of their rapid-fire debut in 2012, Amalgamation & Capital, the band have taken to the road with such indie-rock pin-ups as Quasi, Social Distortion, Ultrasound and Hookworms as well as having brought their brand of no nonsense power-chord prowess to festivals up and down the country.
Returning to the studio with producer Andy Miller (Mogwai, Life Without Buildings, Arab Strap). Break Out retains all the showmanship and melodic charm that made the 4-piece so alluring in the first place. Devotion’s burly croon firmly fixed on love, jealousy and betrayal to the point where he describes the story of an entire marriage in the opening verse.
“It started when we were still ravers, out on a Saturday night. It ended in lawyers and papers and a cold goodbye” Devotion sings in opener, ‘Saddest Thing’.
For all the vibrancy and lack of any musical pretension, Devotion and his clan never sound obtuse, evident by the contrasting vibes of the album’s two preceding singles, the fired up and bitter ‘Don’t You Call On Me’, and the more contemplative pop of ‘When The Girl Comes To Town’.
“If there’s a main theme to this record then it’s honesty, with one’s self and others. Most of the characters in these songs are usually coming to a realisation about themselves and whatever situation they find themselves in. Those that are able to be honest with themselves can attempt to move on with their lives without repeating their mistakes – “break out” of their trappings one could say. There are also some songs about fucking. I’m nothing if not a renaissance man.” [Chris Devotion] “Imagine The Ramones, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen and The Replacements having a punch-up.”
– Vic Galloway, BBC Scotland
“Encounter Amalgamation & Capital anonymously and you might presume it a greatest hits rather than a debut. It’s packed to the gills with big hooks and boundless charm.”
– The Skinny