Monday, January 4, 2010

DeVries Turns A New Page

The latest entry from the POP! Stereo Treasure Trove comes to us from the past...deVries is the new band of Travis DeVries, of legendary Seattle band The Turn-ons. In August 2009, Spin Magazine listed The Turn-ons in its “100 Greatest Bands You’ve (Probably) Never Heard” story. Peter Buck of R.E.M. described them as “…simply my favorite new Seattle band. If I said that their sound was a combination of the Velvets, T. Rex and Spiritualized with a dash of Yo La Tengo, it wouldn’t do them justice."

de Vries sound hearkens to the reining days of Britpop/Madchester bands such as The Stone Roses and Suede. Travis’ lyrics touch on a wide range of range of topics from trans-gendered children (“Boys are Bores”), to global warming (“Slowing Down”), and economic upheaval (“Black Thursday Repeat”). His gift of weaving lush orchestration and intensely personal lyrics is a reminder of the days when music saved your life.

Download: Slowing Down
Download: Darkest Summer

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