deVries – Death To God Album Review

DeVries’ Death To God might be titled like a metalhead’s dream, but nothing can be further from its reality. Beginning with a thirty-second ambient intro track, Death To God then explodes into the immediately engaging “Boys Are Bores,” in which deVries, consisting of former member of The Turn-Ons, Travis DeVries, easily prove that even tracks about hermaphrodites can be taken seriously if you have the right musical chops to create them with. A catchy guitar introduction and low-key vocals easily render “Boys Are Bores” one of the best tracks on the album — an early highlight that is not the only highlight, but certainly one of the most notable.

DeVries draws comparisons to Brit-pop bands such as The Stone Roses, and they’re not far-fetched comparisons. ’60s-style guitarwork is present on this album, along with fabulously airy vocals. However, unlike the aforementioned bands, deVries have an updated indie rock sound, featuring more crisp production and mastering, courtesy of Erik Blood (The Moondoggies, Tea Cozies) and Kramer (Low, Sufjan Stevens).

But enough name-dropping, because the simple fact is that that Death To God is an album that’s simply, well, pleasant. Light, airy shoegaze textures are commonplace, and ethereal vocals bridge the gaps in-between. Death To God exemplifies its subgenre well, adding in lyrical twists as highlights, but ultimately, it’s a subgenre without much room for breaking new ground. So, despite a solid album, exposure is the key.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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