But if Jason Martin of Starflyer 59 is involved in a record (which he is with The Devious Means’ soon-to-be-released first album) then I am definitely going to have to experience the band for myself. When they stepped on stage there was a very positive vibe in the air. Though not technically headlining, it was clear the crowd came to see The Devious Means. And it was also clear that the band wanted to put on a fun show. And that they did.
Pinning down their musical style does not come easily. They have the positivity of Mates of State as well as their male vs. female back and forth lead vocals. Musically there is a strong influence of late 90’s/ early 2000’s emo a la The Anniversary or for you real music snobs The Mercury Program. But that is not to say they are a rehash of former styles. You could say there is some Arcade Fire and Go! Team mixed in as well. But really, they have their own distinct sound. Their closing and most epic song “Porcelin Mouths” has The Walkmen type drumming, lots of a western guitar reverb, classic gospel sound with group vocals and the lead singer, Rachel, really belts it out with her distinct and beautiful voice.