DeVotchKa, “the best band in America you’ve never heard of” according to Filter Magazine, has signed an exclusive deal with ANTI RECORDS for the European release of their much-praised album How It Ends.
DeVotchKa are four musicians who have quietly become one of the most celebrated bands making music today. They make a disparate, yet articulate union of Eastern European, Southwestern, South American, and American roots music, both punk and folk.
LA Weekly described their music as “the unexplored sweet spot between The Arcade Fire’s bleary string-streaked indie-folk and Gogol Bordello’s Eastern European Gypsy-punk.” New York Times called them "the most musically versatile band of the Gypsy-punk trendlet of the last few years ".
The release of “How It Ends” introduced the US a staggeringly good record from far out of left field and the record has been highly praised in the media all over the country. The exposure turned the band into a growing underground phenomenon.
Years of touring with like minded peers including Belle and Sebastian, Calexico, M.Ward, and Gogol Bordello have led to the band’s own sell out performances in theatres across the United States. DeVotchKa’s live performances are considered transcendent with audience members dancing and crying- sometimes in the space of a single song.
It has been a long journey that began in 2004, in the Arizona desert, when we recorded How It Ends. We were completely independent so we had to rely on word of mouth for years and years. We always dreamed of getting our music out of the U.S. but we haven't had a chance until now...it is three years late but the music has not changed. I think it is the album we will always be remembered for" – commented Nick Urata (vocals, theremin, guitars, piano, and trumpet) about the album.
The song "How It Ends" was featured on the trailer for the film Everything Is Illuminated, introducing the band to a widening audience. But DeVotchKa’s breakout for a even bigger audience came with the movie Little Miss Sunshine (2006 multiple Academy Award winner ). The band composed and performed the majority of the songs on the movies’ soundtrack which was also nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack. Two of the songs featured on this soundtrack, "You Love Me" and "How It Ends", are on the “How It Ends” album.
European enhanced version of How It Ends will include animated video for the Vengo, Vengo (a song from DeVotchKa’s previous album "Una Volta”) and will be available throughout Europe on August 6th.
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