Devas was founded
in Boston by singer Andri Leonardo while a student at Berklee College
of Music as a small endeavor with no aim other than to record projects
at school. At that point there was no steady line up; different musicians
were asked to join the group, depending on the need of the project
to be accomplished.
In 2001 an EP with three originals was recorded, including a video
for each song. Out of that Devas grew to include keyboardist Emir
Isilay, guitarist Gianni Chiarello, bassist Dave Lindeman, and drummer
Kaoru Suzuki. The group played the Boston music scene and in 2003
recorded a ten-song album. Some time after the band split, with each
member embarking on his own music career in different cities and countries.
After relocating to Los Angeles Leonardo and Isilay continued to perform
as Devas trying out different musicians. Eventually bassist Eric MacPherson,
drummer Joe Babiak, later replaced by Chuck VanHaecke, and guitarist
German Schauss, became the new iteration of Devas. In 2008 a video
was shot for a demo song, which set to motion the writing of the second
album Metamorphosis. During the recording process Isilay and Schauss
quit the band, due to other musical endeavors and lack of time. Re-uniting
with guitarist Chiarello to finish the sophomore album, Leonardo decided
to record the keyboard parts himself.
Devas takes its
Progressive cue from such influential groups as Queen, Yes, Kansas,
Dream Theater and Spock’s Beard while combining it with the
sounds of other genres such as jazz, radio pop, and metal. They’ve
been nicknamed “Dream Theater Light” by their fans thanks
to their accessible “light” prog style.
Lyrically Devas sings about “everyday situations”, says
Leonardo, “like coping with life and one's personal experiences,
obstacles, which need to be overcome, and finding new ways to happiness.
Our lyrics reflect many of our own experiences, good ones and not
so good ones.”
Devas is looking to play in several cities throughout Europe in 2014/15
presenting their new album Metamorphosis. But they are also looking
for wider distribution of their music into Asia and South America.
"We love California" says drummer Chuck van Haecke, "and
that's where we want to have our base. But we also love to travel
and see places. So it'd be great to combine these two things."
Looking forward to the release of Metamorphosis "which will have
a bit of a harder edge to it," Eric MacPherson says, "We
definitely grew in the past few years and have a more defined sound,
And that's what Devas wants to put out there:
Transforming and morphing into something new with and through Metamorphosis.
Deva means Angel
or Deity in Sanskrit (devas plural). Deva comes from deiwos, originally
an adjective meaning "shining".
Los Angeles, California
rock, pop, progressive pop rock, alternative, art rock
Queen, Kansas, Yes, Journey, Spocks Beard, Dream Theater
Andri Leonardo - vocals
Gianni Chiarello - guitar
Erik McPherson - bass
Chuck vanHaecke - drums
Emir Isilay - keyboards
Dave Lindeman- bass
Kaoru Suzuki - drums
Joe Babiak - drums
Joshua Minyard - drums / guitar
German Schauss - guitar
Luca Maurizi - guitar
Devrim Eldelekli - guitar
Alice Ayvazian - back-up vocals
Yoshimi Aizawa - back-up vocals