Sunday, January 26, 2014

Song Of The Week: 1/26/14

Song: "Here Comes Devereux"

Artist: None More Black

Album: "Icons"

Year: 2010

"Here Comes Devereux" is a song that appears to be about the vocalist's insecurities. Whether that is being uncomfortable in public settings or around women or just not being able to harness his own creative juices when it comes to writing music and songs. You get a sense that he just wants to fade away in the shadows of the corner of a room and not be seen. He just doesn't seem comfortable in his own skin, even when it comes to doing what he loves to do, creating music. None More Black formed as a band back in 2000, hailing from New Jersey. Lead singer and chief songwriter Jason Shevchuk left his former band Kid Dynamite to finish up film school. While at school, however, Jason began writing some new material and ultimately decided to form a new band, None More Black. The band's first released material came in the form of a 7" for Sub Division Records in 2001. In 2002, after several line-up changes, a demo circulated to Fat Wreck Chords who signed None More Black to their label. 2003 saw the band release their debut album for Fat Wreck entitled "File Under Black". In 2004 the band released an EP called "Loud About Loathing". The band continued on in 2006 releasing their second full length, "This Is Satire". After touring to support this album, the band decided to go on hiatus in 2007. They did announce they would play shows every now and then however. The hiatus of None More Black was short lived as the band would reform in 2008 and announce that they were indeed going to be working on a new album. This album would be released in 2010 and was called "Icons". None More Black displays a sound that is reminiscent of melodic punk with gritty vocals. Comparisons to Hot Water Music or The Flatliners are not too far off base. A lot of their song titles and album names are takes on various forms of pop culture. They often reference things from the Seinfeld show and This Is Spinal Tap, just to name a few. Where a lot of punk bands are overtly political, None More Black often uses humor and satire in their songs, kind of like The Lawrence Arms or Dillinger Four to name a few. I'm not too sure about the current status of None More Black. Their last release was in 2010 and they did tour to support the album, but now it's pushing almost four years since that release. A lot of the time, when you have bands like None More Black, their members actually all have other jobs to make ends meet. They're not hugely successful, like a Bad Religion, where their music and touring can be their main source of income, hence the long downtime between albums possibly. Whatever the reason, None More Black is a good, solid punk band that's worth checkin' out.

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