Devendra Banhart is back in action, back on the scene, and — like Zakk Wylde before him – ready to melt some faces with some insane riffs, killer shredding, and delicately plucked classical guitar. Aside from many offensively intrusive paparazzi photos, we haven’t seen or heard much from Devendra since the conclusion of his Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon tour. Until now.
Devendra Banhart: “Well, I have a band — it’s me and the drummer from Priestbird, Greg Rogove. What started off as a joke — “Let’s start a band and let’s make up song titles” — to our surprise and shock, we started writing songs, and we’ve written eight songs that I’m really really proud of and excited about. We’re gonna record a real record, and we’re called MEGAPUSS.”
You heard it right, folks. Megapuss. I’m happy to say that I have two NEW Megapuss tracks for you to enjoy today. AND, if you live in the Los Angeles area, you can catch a free Megapuss show at UCLA’s Hammer Gallery on Wednesday, June 18. From the Hammer:
Megapuss make their auspicious debut with an evening of live music and visuals under the stars. Bring cushions and blankets, sip a cocktail amid the bamboo in the Hammer Courtyard and feel the positive summer vibe. This talented duo plays a unique style of pop music tempered with a healthy dose of humor. The performance is complemented by projections from photographer Lauren Dukoff whose honest and authentic portraiture is the subject of a book to be released in spring 2009. The collaborative team of Jon Beasley and Chandler McWilliams add kinetic layers to the photos by digitally manipulating and animating them.
[download] “Crop Circle Jerk ’94” + “Duck People Duck Man“