PropertyOfZack had the pleasure of speaking to our good friend Kevin Devine a few weeks ago in Philadelphia, PA before his show with Say Anything. Kevin and I discussed his current tour and how Say Anything fans are reacting to him and his band, The Front Bottoms, the next Bad Books record, possible collaborations, US touring, and more. Read up on all of it below!
So we’re in the second half of the Say Anything headline tour…
We are! Damn!
How was the first half?
Unbelievably good for us. This is the truth: Of course I knew Say Anything’s name because you can’t really be into underground rock music for the last ten years and have not heard of them, they’re quite a popular band and we have some mutual friends. But I had never really heard any of their music before this tour. I was a little hesitant in the sense that I had no idea how their fans would take us or respond to us. I knew the people, I had met the people, and had talked to Max a bit before the tour and knew they were going to be nice. They were really welcoming to us even before we got here. But the good news is, beyond the fact that they’re all good dudes and did great every night, their fans have been super receptive of us. It might be the best we’ve gone over in some ways on a support tour.
POZ: It’s full band?
Kevin: It’s full band, yeah. It’s been really good.
I think the tour makes more sense from you down than it does with Say Anything at the top in a way. I felt like a lot of fans were interested to see how it would turn out.
Yeah and they might still be. I have to try to keep myself, for sanity sake, a little insulated from stuff like that. I went on a message board when the tour was announced, the first day, and read a bunch of responses. I was like, “I am never looking at this again.” There are definitely people who come to see Say Anything that are not falling in love with us. And there is definitely people that are big fans of us that are not leaving with their opinions changed of Say Anything. But more people, it seems like, are saying, “This is one of my favorite show’s that I’ve ever been to.”
So it could have been a lot worse?
I’ve been on a lot worse. It’s been really good.
It seems that out of everyone, you have had a love affair with The Front Bottoms.
Yeah we were a little bummed that they were no longer on it. Although that’s no disrespect meant to Tallhart, who are actually really good and really kind and easy people. But The Front Bottoms… we spent two and a half weeks with them. I’m worried that some of the stuff I’m going to say will make me sound like I’m a snob about music, but it’s more that I’m ignorant. I don’t really know a lot of music. Especially a lot of music that is kind of geared towards like younger people. That’s a way around saying that I kind of listen to the same twelve things like over and over again. For something to penetrate the cycle it takes a lot. Their band [The Front Bottoms]… First of all they are funny and smart punk rock people. But they’re also open and kind and they have edge to their humor, which I love, but they’re really nice. They’re really good.
I saw them open for a hardcore show with no one there at Maxwell’s like a year ago.
It’s insane. And they are really good. Their lyrics… his lyrics. I am a big lyric person and it’s not often that somebody really flours me. I feel like every single song that they have so far has at least one lyric in it where I’m like, “Wow. That’s really good.” And Matt’s an amazing drummer and Drew is kind of the glue. That band, they made a believer out of me. I would preach the gospel. They are my favorite band for sure.
Concrete has been out for like six months now. A lot of your records, I feel, can take some time to sink in.
I think that’s probably true for better or for worse for my career. But yeah.