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deVries (pro. devreese; Dutch def. from/of the North) is the new band of singer/writer/guitarist Travis DeVries of Seattle band The Turn-ons. The August ‘09 issue of Spin magazine list The Turn-ons in its “100 greatest bands you’ve (probably) never heard.” 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 .” The Turn-ons played sold out shows with widely-known indie bands such as The Strokes, BRMC, and Interpol. They played their last show with The Jesus & Mary Chain in the Spring of ‘08.

deVries’ “Death to God” was recorded in Seattle in the fall of ‘07 with the help of friends and members of The Turn-ons. Travis moved to NYC in the summer of ‘08 after the mixing of the new album was completed. It was produced and mixed by Turn-ons’ producer and member, Erik Blood(The Moondoggies, Tea Cozies, Romance). It was then mastered by legendary producer, Kramer(Galaxy 500, Low, Sufian Stevens). Upon receiving the tracks for mastering, Kramer enthusiastically proclaimed “Travis, you’re a fucking genius. This music is just too good” and “this shit is amazing.”

deVries’ 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-gender children(Boys are Bores), to global warming(Slowing Down), and economic upheaval(Black Thursday Repeat). His gift of weaving lush orchestration & intensely personal lyrics is a reminder of the days when music saved your life.

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