Having just finished up a tour with the equally amusing Gogol Bordello, DeVotchKa find themselves holed up in Wavelab Studios in Tuscon, Arizona to pen the next chapter of their contentious brand of music. They'll have incredible standards to live up to, because their 2008 Anti- Records debut A Mad And Faithful Telling was nothing short of spectacular.
DeVotchKa is a rock band that defies simple description, like the movie Memento, or when the Beatles first invaded the North American shores. I use the term "rock band" with the most open intention possible, because listening to their music makes me think of the barren streets of Russia or the Romanian countryside rather than, say, playing in front of 90,000 crazed fans at the Stade de France soccer arena in Paris. Which is just what the Denver quartet, led by dynamic frontman Nick Urata, did this past month.
But that's exactly what DeVotchKa is - a group of contradiction. They favor the theremin and sousaphone to the electric guitar, uniting every type of world music you could possibly think of with the familiar backing of rock and folk music.
They proved to the indie-rock masses that there was, in fact, a way to stray from the typically held convention that indie rock was nothing more than wistful, lo-fi pop ballads. DeVotchKa have found surprising success with their unusual, yet endlessly enjoyable fusion of every type of music from Slavic to Spanish, punk rock to pop.
Not only do they have five ridiculously addicting studio albums, but they're also the band behind the 2006 indie cult classic film Little Miss Sunshine, and have recently scored the film I Love You Phillip Morris, a prison romance starring Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey.