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DEVIN JAMES FRY EPK
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Video: BLACK RAINBOW ft. Chris Conde

PRIVATE STREAM OF RETRELLION (UNRELEASED)

PRIVATE STREAM OF RETRELLION INSTRUMENTALS

RETRELLION RELEASED APRIL 2023

Retrellion is a departure from Devin James Fry's previous sound, which typically featured him fingerpicking a guitar, either alone or in the context of Name Sayers, the adventurous psychedelic rock band he fronts.  The new album, which was produced, recorded, and mixed by Fry, features punchy, hip hop-influenced songs that are difficult to classify into a single genre, with otherworldly synths and glitchy electronics throughout. 

 

Early reviews have noted the shift.  "Is this post-punk hip hop?  We hope so," wrote reviewer Layla Merino of yourEDM.com, noting that with Retrellion, "Fry might even be creating new genres."

The album's title reflects that it is the product of a time (the Covid-19 pandemic) when societal norms broke down and expectations could be set aside.  "I wanted a word that felt like both retreat and rebellion," says Fry.

Retrellion was born.  Some songs, like lead single Black Rainbow, feature collaborations with rappers like Brooklyn's Chris Conde and Denver-based rapper and circuit bender Otem Rellik, while others are solo explorations.  All were created using a bank of synthesizers and noisemakers including The Jitter Getter, an analog sound effects engine Fry designed and built, and which is featured in the video for Purple Glue.

One song, Ash Ode Variation, is an adaptation of the poem "Ash Ode" by Fry's friend and hero, poet Dean Young.  Fry enlisted the help of another of his mentors, Chicago flutist Lloyd Brodnax King, to create the song and sent it to Young, who replied to say that he was looking forward to listening to it.  Unbeknownst to Fry, Young lay on his deathbed at the time, and Fry is unsure whether the poet heard the song before he died.

Retrellion's merchandise is as offbeat and finely crafted as the music, and includes a 180-gram LP, coloring books, incense, lathecut vinyl singles, soap, and matchbooks. 

Send all inquiries to devin@devinjamesfry.com

Portrait of Devin James Fry. Photo credit: Dylan O'Connor

Devin James Fry is a musician and producer in Denver, CO.  He is vocalist and songwriter for the art rock band Name Sayers, and formerly led the psychedelic Americana outfit Salesman

 

Fry is also owner and operator of The Sharpist, a surgical sharpening firm.

A synth-heavy solo album titled RETRELLION will be released in April 2023. 

Previously, in 2020, several years of collaboration with Palestinian oud master Sari Andoni yielded RADICANS, a mingling of Arab and American psychedelic and folk music influences.

PURPLE GLUE VIDEO

The Jitte Getter photo
Devin James Fry and the Jitter Getter

INTERVIEWS

PRESS

Press photo for Devin James Fry album Retrellion. Photo credit: Cassandra Hayes

Out there with his weirdness in the best possible way."

Global Dance Electronic

Devin James Fry forest portrait

"A wandering soul unafraid of the dark."

KUTX 98.9 (Austin, Texas)

Press photo of Devin James Fry with a hearse

"Somewhere between a horror film and an Americana answer to a young Nick Cave."

Los Angeles Times, 2008

Press photo for Devin James Fry album Retrellion

"A musical shape-shifter ...
has moved from
a lighter sound
to something
more psychedelic,
something heavier." 

WBEZ Chicago

Press photo for Devin James Fry. Photo credit: Cassandra Hayes

Like Leonard Cohen on a DMT vision quest."

The Austin Chronicle

Press photo for Devin James Fry album Retrellion

"Delivers a bitches brew of sound ... Fry's deep tenor imbues lyrics with ominous flavors, giving an eerie, radioactive flow."

Tattoo.com

Still from video for Devin James Fry song Purple Glue

"Far from the typical artist ... really, really, taking it there with his creations.

Breaking And Entering

Press photo for Devin James Fry song Purple Glue

"Multi instrumentalist & musical shaman."

OVRLD

MERCH

Devin James Fry Retrellion LP Merch

RETRELLION LP (180 GRAM)

Devin James Fry Black Rainbow lathecut single

BLACK RAINBOW LATHECUT SINGLE
on RECYCLED ACETATE

PURPLE GLUE INCENSE

BLACK RAINBOW COLORING BOOK

Handmade Black Rainbow (ft. Chris Conde) soap by Beanblossom Soaps

BLACK RAINBOW SOAP
by BEANBLOSSOM SOAPS

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RETRELLION 11" x 17" POSTER

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PURPLE GLUE LATHECUT SINGLE
on RECYCLED ACETATE

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PURPLE GLUE MATCHBOOKS

COMING SOON:

JITTER GETTER VOTIVE CANDLES
JITTER GETTER EMBROIDERED PATCH
"JITTERS GOT" ENAMEL PIN

 

PHOTOS

Bio

OTHER RECENT DJF RELEASES

WITH PALESTINIAN OUD MASTER SARI ANDONI

WITH NAME SAYERS

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