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Toasting the Immoralists
By Alec Hanley Bemis

Tom Carlyon, Hugo Cran, and Conrad Standish formed Devastations in Melbourne, Australia in 2002, but left the continent several years back, and currently reside in whichever European city will host them – mostly Berlin or, when they can’t avoid it, London city proper. (“L’Undone” as they say in their own unique coinage.) But more on that later…

The group has released two previous records, each weighing in at a well-balanced ten tracks. 2003’s self-titled debut won them a following in Europe, and that’s where they created 2005’s Coal, an album that raised their profile considerably both home and abroad. Nominated for the Australian Music Prize (AMP), it put them in contention with esteemed countrymen like the Go-Betweens, the Drones, Ben Lee, and Wolfmother. The record went on to receive praise in such antipodal press outlets as Uncut (four stars), Pitchfork (7.5 rating), and Q Magazine (“cultdom seems assured; more may follow”). Magnet called it “one of 2006’s most dramatic dark turns,” naming the group to the class of 2007 in their annual “Who’s next” round-up. Meanwhile, the band mounted their first major tours of the United States and Europe, capping off a year of non-stop activity with a triumphant appearance this April at the Dirty Three-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in England.


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  • OranGehuGo

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • newcenturyman

    come back [3]

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • mykyy0099

    Pure gold.

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Rod_S

    What happened to these guys?

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • TaTeVer


    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • BlackCoffeeDuck

    come back [2]

    29 Jan 2012 Reply
  • janki-jaya

    come back

    13 Nov 2011 Reply
  • zU2anna

    i've been looking for such a deep, warm, melancholic voice to hug me for about three months

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • bonhomie

    well, i'm a Blonde Redhead fan and i LOVE this band!!!

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Weerth

    "The Night I Couldn't Stop Crying" may be one of my all time favourite songs.

    22 Feb 2010 Reply
  • LeopoldGloom

    Stunning band...each record stands up on it's own and I'm pining for the next one if it ever comes to pass...

    21 Oct 2009 Reply
  • bazzo-182

    Try Tindersticks.

    27 May 2009 Reply
  • Revenga8


    3 May 2009 Reply
  • Rod_S

    "great band getting worse with each record" - yeah, agreed. Their first two albums both had a few killer tracks between them - Loene, Previous Crimes, The Night I Couldn't Stop Crying, Love Doesn't End Like That, but the current album is pure filler. Saw them live a couple of times supporting the National and Einstürzende Neubauten, thought the singer was way too deeply in love with himself considering nobody really gave a fuck about his band. Another band for the "when I grow up I wanna be Nick Cave" pile.

    14 Mar 2009 Reply
  • browland

    My discovery of the Devastations was very much a "right place right time" scenario. I was in a record shop and they were playing "Coal". I loved it right away and asked the owner what it was; I bought it on the spot and never looked back. Great band!

    4 Mar 2009 Reply
  • tomthumb84

    This stuff is BRILLIANT!!!! ONly started listening to them after a suggestion from a friend. Can someone give me a good top five songs list to track down?

    3 Feb 2009 Reply
  • orgelblut

    Night music:

    5 Jan 2009 Reply
  • drmn

    no, it isn't.

    12 Oct 2008 Reply
  • SteQ

    isn't it THE devastations ??

    9 Oct 2008 Reply
  • melange775

    dance with me ...

    17 Sep 2008 Reply
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