CHRIS DEVOTION & THE EXPECTATIONS ‘A MODEST REFUSAL / TELL THE GIRL’
aaamusic | On 02, Aug 2011
CHRIS DEVOTION & THE EXPECTATIONS
A MODEST REFUSAL / TELL THE GIRL
NEW AA SINGLE OUT MONDAY 19th SEPTEMBER 2011
ARMELLODIE RECORDS – ARM25
CD / DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
DISTRIBUTION BY CARGO / PROPER DIGITAL
Armellodie Records is proud to present the new AA single from Chris Devotion & The Expectations with A Modest Refusal and Tell The Girl released on Monday 19th September 2011.
Chris Devotion’s story is as wired as his music, and there’s a strong sense that there’s no such thing as glory for this man unless it is by the most riff-slaying of means. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Devotion cut his teeth executing riotous performances in such glamorous locations as a disused nunnery and a fetish club, garnering ringing endorsements along the way from his rock’n’roll peers (both John Reiss of Rocket From The Crypt fame and Titus Andronicus have openly declared their admiration).
At the turn of the decade Devotion employed the illustrious talents of The Expectations, a trio of suited-and-booted thrashers, to bolster the foundations of Devotion’s own high octane template. Please God, please Allah, please Ricardo Montalban, stand aside and let these men swagger!
All the showmanship and melodic charm is here from the off on the alluring, aural explosion of ‘A Modest Refusal’ intimately framing a dwindling relationship (“lift a veil and the kindness is gone”) before ramping up the charge with some political lampooning (“Let me tell you that you should know better, when they say that we’re in this together”), a not so subtle dig at the current Conservative led UK coalition government.
‘Tell the Girl’ is chock full of pop-fuelled efforts to turn pining into loving (“we’ve all been a little obsessed, it’s only going to get you depressed”). Let’s face it, everybody loves a good I-wanna-fuck-you-so-bad song, Prince and the Buzzcocks made a career out of them and if it’s good enough for them…
Recorded and mixed with producer Andy Miller (Sons & Daughters, Life Without Buildings, The Delgados) at his own Gargleblast Studios, both tracks are taken from the forthcoming debut album, Amalgamation and Capital due for release in the New Year on Armellodie Records. The single is available on limited edition Vinyl-replica CD and digital download from all major stores.
“Guitar music is dead, is it? CD/EX offer hope. Fantastic.” – Daily Record
“Punk-spattered power-pop recalling JSBX and RFTC; all the best acronyms rolled into one.” – The List