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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


One of my favorite bands that I have been wanting to put on here for a while. Volbeat is a Danish metal band from Copenhagen. They play a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal, schlager (which is another name for easy-listening love ballads), and rockabilly. They say that they get their inspiration from classic rock and roll artists such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, as well as a great number of modern hard rock, groove metal, alternative rock, and hardcore groups.

The band began back in 2000 when lead singer Michael Poulsen became fed up with the death metal scene and broke up his band “Dominus.” In 2001, he brought together a few of his friends and a few former members of “Dominus.” They started to write some music and from there Volbeat was born.

The band says that the name “Volbeat” comes from Dominus’s third album which was titled Vol.Beat (read as: Volume Beat).

The band has released 5 albums since 2001 and all of their albums have been certified gold in Denmark. Their second album, “Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil” received platinum status and their 2010 release “Beyond Hell/Above Heaven” was subject to widespread international critical acclaim. receiving double platinum in Denmark, platinum in Finland and Germany, and gold in Sweden and Austria.

On April 9, 2013, Volbeat released their fifth studio album “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies.” On this album, Volbeat also had Rob Caggiano, formerly of Anthrax, join the band as their new secondary guitarist which, in my opinion, helped to give the band a more traditional rock feel with Robs dynamic guitar solos and rhythms. Poulsen spoke about the chemistry of Caggiano joining the band. “The collaberation with Rob in the studio was so inspiring and in good spirit that we decided to keep him. Basically we went into the studio as a three-piece and came out a whole band!”

The band has also received a great amount of rewards. Their album “The Strength/The Sound/The Songs” won the award for the best debut album at the Danish Metal Music Awards in 2005. They also won the award “Steppeulven” for Hope of the Year 2006. They also won the award for “Best Live Band” at the Danish Metal Music Awards 2006 which was voted on by fans. “Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil” won best album at the Danish Metal Music Awards 2007. They also won the Danish Radio Award for P3 listener hit at the P3 Guld-Show voted by listeners of P3.

Volbeat truly is an interesting band and the newest sound to come out of heavy metal music in a while. With their blend of the old west sounds, guitar solos, and Poulsen’s very distinct voice, they all blend together to give you a new kind of heavy metal that I’m sure most of you haven’t heard before. That is why they are one of my favorite bands and why I can listen to them over and over again.

It is to hard to for me to pick a favorite song from this band, so I’ll leave as many songs as I can get for you so you can see what I’m talking about.

Source: Videos: Youtube — Info: Wikipedia — Picture: Google Images