Kevin Devine Biography

Kevin Devine is an American songwriter and musician from Brooklyn, New York, who is known for alternately introspective and political lyrics and melodic acoustic guitar tunes. He cites his influences as Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith, Brother Paramo and Nirvana, among others. He grew up in Brooklyn and Staten Island, and has spent significant time in Manhattan and Queens as well. Devine graduated from Fordham University at Lincoln Center in 2001, majoring in journalism. He also played in an indie/punk/emo band called Miracle of 86 after the (Miracle) New York Mets. Even before that, he played with a popular band in the local Staten Island scene called Delusion. At Fordham he was able to hone his acoustic solo skills by playing at various open-mic and college events which made him very popular among the student body.

During this time he also appeared in regular stints at the Wetlands Preserve. Although still relatively unknown, Devine gained some popularity with his 2003 album, Make the Clocks Move. Newer songs reflect Devine's political views and the recent death of his father to a stroke. He has recorded records for Immigrant Sun Records and Triple Crown Records and has worked with Brooklyn based producer Mike Skinner, who is also credited as the drummer on his solo records as well as the drummer for Miracle of 86. He signed with Capitol Records, who released his fourth album, Put Your Ghost to Rest, on October 17, 2006. Only four months after his major label debut, Devine was dropped from Capitol Records due to EMI merging Virgin and Capitol Records.

Devine was able to gather a strong fan base as a result of his exposure through touring with Brand New. First appearing as their opening act in their 2004 spring tour, Devine made a small splash among their fan base. However, opening for them again in April 2006, and joining their 2007 Spring tour with Manchester Orchestra, Kevin's following was multiplying by the day. (Kevin also opened for Brand New as a surprise act at the Triple Crown Records 10th Anniversary Concert.)

Devine's late 2007 touring schedule included a tour with close friend Jesse Lacey (of Brand New) and Grace Read at the end of July through early August, followed by a short trip to London, a spot on the Austin City Limits Festival, and a tour with Chin Up Chin Up throughout Germany. In October 2007 he toured with Andy Hull from Manchester Orchestra and Owen.

After negotiations with Capitol records, "Put Your Ghost To Rest" was re-released on April 20, 2008 by Procrastinate! Music Traitors. Several new demos were featured on his MySpace page around this time. A majority of the demos would later be properly featured on Brother's Blood and a single for Another Bag of Bones was released in August 2008. The tours throughout 2008 were in support of the Put Your Ghost To Rest re-release and the new material.

Kevin toured Europe with Jenny Owen Youngs and Tournaments in May and other tours followed throughout 2008 with Jesse Lacey and Brian Bonz, Rachael Yamagata (also playing in her live band) and Matt Pryor in August and September 2008.

In December 2008, Kevin announced in an interview with Popwreckoning that his new album Brother's Blood would be released on April 28 on Favorite Gentlemen records, as well as a tour with Manchester Orchestra and the I Could Be With Anyone EP in support of both.

Brother's Blood was released in the UK on 20 July 2009 via Big Scary Monsters Recording Company. Devine toured throughout June and July in support of the UK release, again playing dates with Brand New in June and Manchester Orchestra in July. A short acoustic tour followed in August 2009. Kevin and the Goddamn Band also played on the Friday date of Lollapalooza 2009..

Kevin announced in July that he and The Goddamn Band would be touring throughout October 20 to November 18 as an opening band for The Get Up Kids reunion tour.

He will also play on the big Scary Monsters Christmas Tour in the UK from Nov. 30th to Dec. 9th, then playing the 2009 Festival of Lights on Dec. 20 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

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Open Mic UK | Liverpool Regional Final Play Video

Open Mic UK | Liverpool Regional Final

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War Of Souls (Dereck Recay Remix)

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