Devotchka has become one of the most indie rock bands of the decade. They first saw major
success when they helped to score the film Little Miss Sunshine. The film won a host of awards and accolades, and put the
band on the map. During this time, the band got the idea of melding their electronic and multi-instrumental sound with the
robust sound of a full symphony orchestra. This is the idea behind their latest album, Live with the Colorado Symphony. It
brings their ethereal music to a whole new level, allowing the listener to have an out-of-body experience.
feeling translates beautifully to their live shows. With classic Devotchka songs and the backing of a 60-piece orchestra,
the fans are in for a concert experience like nothing they've seen before. The band has received national attention for their
unique writing and performing methods. Their live sets include the use of sousaphones, accordions and a Theremin.
many bands are influenced by iconic bands of their chosen genre, Devotchka's sound finds unlikely inspiration. Their sound
has been described as indie rock's version of polka, but polka isn't in their repertoire. The four talented musicians have
found inspiration in the theatrical melodies of cabaret, the cheesy accordion riffs of spaghetti Westerns and the upbeat,
get-on-your-feet immigrant dance music of Eastern Europe.
About the Artist
Devotchka is a one-of-a-kind
musical group that combines multiple instruments and haunting vocals to create a sound that is profoundly moving and entertaining
at the same time. They are based in Denver, Colorado and take their name Devotochka from the Russian word devochka which means
"girl." The group is made up of instrumentalist and singer Nick Urata, violinist and accordion player Tom Hagerman, vocalist
and double bassist Jeanie Schroder and percussionist Shawn King. The band began as the back-up band for local burlesque shows,
touring with burlesque performer Dita von Teese. Throughout their extensive touring, the band self-released their own records
and handed them out at the burlesque shows. They developed a considerable following and began working on more of their own
music. One of their songs, "How It Ends," was featured in a trailer for a film starring Elijah Wood called Everything Is Illuminated,
in a trailer for the video game Gears of War 2 and an episode of the WB show Everwood.
After a successful appearance
at the 2006 Bonnaroo music festival, the group began garnering praise and attention from some of the biggest names in the
music business. They were even asked to score the soundtrack to the Academy Award-nominated film Little Miss Sunshine. They
went on to earn a nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for the film, putting Devotchka on the map. They continue to
create award-worthy music and perform their moody, ethereal music for their devoted fans all over the world.
Devotchka's big break came when they performed for a crowd of cheering fans at the 2006 Bonnaroo music
festival. It was here that they found a larger audience. The exposure they received from this performance helped the group
earn a chance to help Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris score the 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine. The film struck a chord
with audiences, and the soundtrack had a lot to do with it. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards and the film's
soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack. The title track "The Winner Is," was used in
several commercial campaigns including a French-based environment energy company and a Dutch pension fund.
success allowed the group to get their name out into the music world. Win Butler from the group Arcade Fire suggested to the
quartet that they should cover the Siouxsie and the Banshees song "The Last Beat of My Heart." The group decided to give it
a try and recorded a version of the song. With the release of the EP, Curse Your Little Heart, which included the song, Devotchka
reached a new level of stardom. Their next album, A Mad & Faithful Telling, reached No. 9 on the Billboard Heatseekres
chart and later hit No. 29 on the Top Independent Albums chart. The band has headlined several tours and has supported the
band Muse during their Stade de France tour, performing for more than 80,000 people.
multi-talented musical group flawlessly integrates the steady heartbeat of a snare drum, the soft, slow plucking of nylon
strings on an upright bass and powerful, nasal vocals to create a sound that is thought-provoking and soul-stirring. The band
is equally comfortable in large, expansive venues with all of the glamour of a big-budget tour as they are in intimate, low-fi
venues where fans are standing shoulder-to-shoulder.
When the music starts the fans are mesmerized. The band uses this
trance to fill each listener with their mellow, progressive music. From slow, introspective ballads to heart-pounding powerhouse
numbers, the band has the audience in the palm of their hands from the first note until the last. And with instruments like
the clarinet, the oboe and the sousaphone adding unique layers to every note, each song tells its own story.