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Stellar songwriting and creative arrangements

May 29, 2004

Best Element: Stellar songwriting and creative arrangements.
Genre: Rock with an emo bent.
Label: N/a

So you’re walking down the street when some kid you don’t even know comes up and punches you in the face. Then he runs off. You’re so stunned you forget to get the license plate number….then you remember that only cars have license plate numbers.

Yeah, Devices in Shift is sort’ve like that; It hits you hard, leaves a mark, and runs off.

The members of DiS can cram more into 3 minutes than I can cram into a suitcase. It’s emo; it’s hardcore; it’s indie rock; it’s got electronic sounds programmed into it. The guitars grab you by the throat and don’t let go; the vocals hold the knife, and the bass is the man who does all the threatening…everything works together to create a fearless, powerful sound that pushes the boundaries of emo.

The groove on “This Nail Needs Hammering” is so intense that I couldn’t believe they’ve only been together for two years. The guitars are cascading and odd, the bass is thumping, the drums are caterwauling, and the vocals blister your ear drums. He doesn’t even scream, and the vocals are still intimidating. It’s that good.

And these three songs aren’t even mixed yet.

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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