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Kevin Devine and Meredith Graves Release An Intimate 7″ Split, Part Of The Devinyl Splits Series

Thomas Bellflower May 26, 2015
Kevin Devine and Meredith Graves release their stunning 7″ split via Bad Timing Records
Today marks the official release of the split 7″ from Kevin Devine and Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy! The record can be purchased physically through Bad Timing Records’webstore, and digitally through bandcamp. After a lot of hard work and soul-sharing, Kevin, Meredith and Bad Timing Records are thrilled to release this record out into the world. Meredith’s song “Took The Ghost To The Movies” streamed earlier this month via  Spin . Kevin Devine’s song “Gießen,” about the memories of his old friend and Goddamn Band-mate Mike Skinner who passed away in 2014 can be heard through Village Voice . A memorial trust for Mike Skinner’s son can be found  HERE .
You can now read part one of Kevin and Meredith’s joint interview with PropertyofZack where they talk about the past and future of their respective bands, and the process of pouring their hearts into this split 7″.
Kevin on Meredith’s song: “You get hurt being vulnerable. But also, there’s a kind of bravery in letting yourself be vulnerable. Vulnerability is not necessarily cool and detached; it requires a level of engagement that isn’t always looked at as cool but is, to me, the difference between — and I like a lot of cool, detached art too — but the stuff I tend to let all the way in is usually by people who are letting me in.”
Meredith on Kevin’s song: “Kevin’s writing has given me a positive model for grieving. I think what he’s done is create a safe framework to experience all of the emotions directly impacting and surrounding his grief, and what he’s created is a really vulnerable portrait of the way one person grieves that will make other people in similar situations feel less alone.”
Devinyl Splits No. 2 comes out today, May 26th, via Bad Timing Records. The 7″ is available on  vinyl  and  digitally .
Devinyl Splits No. 2 Tracklist:

1. Meredith Graves – Took The Ghost To The Movies
2. Kevin Devine – Gießen

Brooklyn singer-songwriter  Kevin Devine is a powerhouse in the contemporary indie rock world. Devine began releasing solo records in 2002, slowly gaining steam through extensive touring and a steady release of increasingly impressive records. In 2009, Devine released  Brother’s Blood and the  I Could Be With Anyone EP through Favorite Gentlemen Recordings. The records quickly sparked across the scene as Devine became a cult favorite in the indie-rock world. His sharp lyrical style combined with 90s inspired bedroom indie rock connected instantly with fans, leading  Brother’s Blood to become Devine’s best selling record to date.

After releasing three consecutive Billboard-200 charting records with 2011’s  Between The Concrete And The Clouds and the first two  Bad Books albums (Devine’s band with members of  Manchester Orchestra), Devine looked to the crowd sourcing website Kickstarter to fund his next two records  Bubblegum and  Bulldozer. His fans responded – Devine met his $50,000 target funding within only 8 hours of the 45-day campaign, and ultimately fans pitched in to the tune of $115,000, more than double his initial goal.  The funds resulted in the simultaneous October 2013 release of  Bulldozer, produced by  Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck and Guided By Voices) and laced with folk-rock and pop ballads, and  Bubblegum, a proper rock record produced by  Jesse Lacey of Brand New, hooky and fast and wrapped in fuzz & feedback. The two records were Devine’s highest-charting Billboard releases to date.

In 2014, Bad Timing Records, Devinyl Records and Favorite Gentlemen Recordings began their partnership with the release of a double A-side 7″ single, featuring the song “She Can See Me”, which appeared in different versions on both  Bulldozer and Bubblegum. The three teamed up in 2015 to re-release Devine’s classic record  Brother’s Blood as a double LP, before announcing a year long split 7″ series:  Devinyl Splits began releasing every two months throughout the year, starting this past February. The first three partners announced were Matthew Caws (of Nada Surf), Meredith Graves (of Perfect Pussy), and Tigers Jaw. The last three split partners will be announced later this year. The second split with Meredith Graves is available for pre-order now via  Bad Timing Records! All year-long subscriptions have sold out. Individual orders for the other splits will become available later in the year.

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