Heavy metal and Harambe: An interview with Devil You Know
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Ever since their formation four years ago, American supergroup Devil You Know has been trying its absolute hardest to make it to the UK. Since 2012, the metalcore trio has released two studio albums and played shows in the US, Canada, mainland Europe and even Australia, but has never once been able to make it to a stage in Britain. However, that is set to change come 2017; in January, Devil You Know will embark on their first ever trek across Blighty. Dubbed the ‘Third Time’s a Charm Tour’, the shows will see the band blast through our little island with ONI, Wearing Scars and Brutai in tow. And as excited as British fans may be for these upcoming concerts, the question still remains: why the hell did Devil You Know take so long to get over here? “We’ve just had many, many difficulties that have arisen,” explains the group’s lead singer Howard Jones. “A lot of it was last minute stuff; it was like ‘Wow, is this really happening to us? OK… Alright, moving on…’ That’s pretty much how it was. This time we’re saying ‘We’re coming and that’s that!’ “We’ve got heavy bands, we’ve got sweaty people; alright, good times!” And although little is known about what Jones and co. have planned for their English debut, one thing that can be said is that Devil You Know’s merch stand will probably be crammed full of weird shit. In recent weeks, for example, not only has the band created a t-shirt saying “HoJo for President”, but they also have another that reads “Harambe – 666 – No Lives Matter”. Of his group’s strange tribute to the Cincinnati Zoo’s fallen gorilla, a bemused Howard states, “I have no idea what’s going on with that.” He continues with a laugh: “Honestly, number one: I don’t have any sort of social media, so I literally have no idea what’s going on with that. Number two: I didn’t even know about the shirts until we were on-tour and people were like ‘Oh man, I love the Harambe shirt!’ I was like ‘What on Earth are you talking about?’ And then I saw it and went ‘Oh, OK, I see.’ It just made me chuckle. I don’t know who thought of it, but good for you.” The upcoming UK shows are in support of their second and latest album, They Bleed Red (2015). The record contains 47 minutes of rip-roaring metalcore, mixing brutal, groove metal verses with melodic, rock-inspired choruses, but one of its most notable moments comes towards the end, when the band performs a cover of Survivor’s 1982 hit ‘Eye of the Tiger’.
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