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That Handsome Devil, often shortened to THD, is an American rock band that hails from Brooklyn, New York, by way of Boston, Massachusetts.  The band consists of frontman Godforbid (vocals, songwriter), Jeremy Page (guitar, bass, keyboard, banjo, pedal steel, glockenspiel, percussion, accordion, synthesizer, kazoo, background vocals, songwriter), Naoko Takamoto (backing vocals), Evan Sanders (keyboard, trumpet, trombone), Jeremy Siegel (bass, background vocals), Sam Merrick (drums), Deflon Sallahr (live show hype man), Andy Bauer (drums, percussion, accordion, guitar, backing vocals).

The band mixes genres such as rock, funk, jazz, jive, blues, surf, R&B, reggae, rockabilly, rap, and psychedelic.  Their sound has also been described as “equal parts Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, bizarre electronica, creepy hip-hop, and in-your-face gonzo rock”.  Others have described the bands sound as gypsy jazz and the band’s own frontman Godforbid has described the sound as “fringe pop”.

The band was founded by Godforbid and Jeremy Page.  Before “That Handsome Devil” existed, Godforbid and Page were both members of the hip-hop group Alaskan Fishermen, along with Thirstin’ Howl III and Father Time.  In late 2004, THD released their first singles “Dating Tips”, “How To Get Money”, and “Don’t Go”.  On July 26, 2006, the band released their first EP titled “That Handsome Devil”.  The fourth track from the album “Elephant Bones”, was featured as a bonus song for Guitar Hero II.

Their first studio album, “A City Dressed In Dynamite”, was released on August 5, 2008 to scores of positive reviews.  The album was praised as “profoundly entertaining, bizarre in a beautiful way, and a madcap musical frenzy as dizzying as it is dazzling”.  Although the music continued to be as stylistically varied as their previous releases, the album expanded on the band’s prevalent themes of emptiness, drug addiction, materialism, and death.  It also continued their trademark of using dated soundbites from the 1950s.

In December 2008, the band released a compilation album titled “Good Riddance, George W. Bush”, which consisted of anti-George W. Bush songs.  One of the biggest singles from the album “Rob The Prez-O-Dent” actually didn’t refer to George W. Bush or his policies at all, though their song “Viva Discordia” does contain overt references to the Iraq War and the Bush administration, referring to the later as “a bunch of mobsters looking for Osama”.  “Rob The Prez-O-Dent” was a featured song on Rock Band 2 and help the band gain more recognition.

On August 9, 2011, the band released their newest full-length album, “The Heart Goes To Heaven, The Head Goes To Hell”.  The album garnered favorable reviews from both fans and critics.  The band kicked off the album with a heartland tour and the launch of an independent website.  This was financed, in part, by a fundraising effort through Kickstarter where the band reached their pledge goal of $2,000 within a few days and ultimately raised $6,013 after a month.  Many people chose to donate at the $100 level in order to receive some highly sought-after unreleased songs, along with exclusive accessories.

On August 2012, the band announced a new EP titled “The Jungle Book” which was available for free download through their website.  The EP consists of covers of several songs from the original “The Jungle Book” Disney movie with the songs being redone and quasi-reimagined.

On November 25, 2014, THD released their third studio album “Drugs & Guns for Everyone”.  This album, much like their previous albums received positive reviews among fans and critics as well.

It seems like THD can do no wrong.  Their constant willingness to experiment and blend almost every genre of music together constantly helps keep their music new, entertaining, and very random.  This, it seems, helps add to the bands appeal, making fans of multiple genres able to connect with THD.  They are innovators within multiple musical genres and God only knows what their next album will sound like but I’d bet that it’ll be just as bizarre and random as the last.  In the case of THD, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Check out some of the band’s biggest hits below and keep an eye out for what they release next.  I’m sure it’ll be worth a listen.

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – That Handsome Devil – Picture: Google Images


Daft Punk, the French electronic music duo consisting of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, just released their fourth studio album “Random Access Memories” on May 21, 2013. This is the duo’s first album in eight years since their 2005 release “Human After All.”

Unlike their previous albums, Daft Punk recruited session musicians to record live instrumentation in professional studio locations. The duo decided to limit the use of electronic instruments to drum machines, a modular synthesizer, and vintage vocoders to synthesize their voices. The album features collaborations with Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas, Todd Edwards, DJ Falcon, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams, and Pharrell Williams.

The duo began work on “Random Access Memories” in 2008 while they were still working on the “Tron: Legacy” score. They were unsatisfied with their early demo of “Random Access Memories” which prominently featured synthesizers. They eventually decided to work with live musicians instead. “We wanted to do what we use to with machines and samplers, but with people.” They avoided the use of samples throughout the album except for in the closing track “Contact.”

The duo describes the album’s style as having a “west coast vibe” and referenced acts such as Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, and the Eagles. They also say that their record pays homage to Michael Jackson, The Cars, and Steely Dan. The duo also says that they specifically looked to the album “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac and “The Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd as models. Bangalter felt that, “The most important records in music, whether it’s Led Zeppelin, or “The White Album,” or “Sgt. Pepper’s,” or “Quadrophenia,” or “Tommy,” are the ones that take you on a journey for miles and miles.”

“Random Access Memories” has already received great critical acclaim. Metacritic gave the album an 87 out of 100 based on mainstream music critics reviews. “Q” refereed to it as “by some margin Daft Punk’s best album in a career that’s already redefined dance music at least twice. It is, in short, a mind blower.” Rolling Stones gave the album a four-star review saying, “Its brilliance is often refutable,” and that “this is Daft Punk conjuring the musical era that first inspired them, when disco conquered the world with hand crafted grooves and prog-rock excess magnified emotions in black-lit bedrooms.”

The album is truly amazing and a completely different sound than what we’re use to from Daft Punk. I’d even say that it is probably the most chill, laid back album I have heard in a long time. Unfortunately the only song I am able to give you from the album is “Get Lucky” but I highly recommend you check the album out for yourself. You wont be disappointed.