Get Free album named to “1000 Best Albums of All Time” list by Lucid Culture
– A feast of good guitar and solid tunesmithing. But Debra, the band’s frontwoman, doesn’t let her virtuoso chops clutter the songs: instead, she goes for intricate layers and textures, with the occasional long, exhilarating, blues-infused solo….
Guitar International CD review
– It isn’t often that I come across an album that’s so good I have to listen to it multiple times in a row. When I sat down to check out Devi’s album Get Free
I found myself doing just that…
Vintage Guitar CD review
– Debra’s playing is big, melodic and bold. The band’s strengths are on display on “When It Comes Down,” a song with a melancholy feel, great hooks and a soaring guitar solo that fits perfectly. “C21H23NO3″ demonstrates perfectly what this band is about, starting with a pop/folk feel and chords catchy as hell, it moves into an almost metal feel with a nasty solo. Debra wraps it up with a frenetic Hendrix-style jam…
Crusher Magazine interview
– Debra’s deep, space-rocking guitar tone, her furious unvarnished leads and earnest soul-searching experimentation during the most expansive of her guitar solos, all raise the stakes to a level more ambitious than Sheryl Crow could ever contemplate…
Good Times magazine CD review
– Equal parts earth mother, sex siren, Hendrix-inspired guitarist, and all-out rocker, Debra leads Devi in 11 wonderfully under-produced tracks that never let up.This Jersey City trio seems to get hotter by the day and it’s not hard to figure why…
Lucid Culture CD review
– This album has pretty much everything a band ought to deliver: catchy, melodic songs, gorgeously soaring vocals, killer musicianship and a centerpiece that’s a genuine classic…
- "Rocks!!! I was born in Detroit and I love my rock and roll. Give me a psychedelic rock band with great songs and moody guitars and I'm a happy girl. The band is tight, funky and the guitars are beautiful. I love the post-Beatle loveliness of When It Comes Down and the moody blues of Get Free. Put it on, lay back and groove."
- "Get Free
is an album everyone needs to hear! The songs run the gamut from acoustic-based tunes like Howl at the Moon to the lusty, rocking Demon in the Sack. Did I mention these folks can jam?"
- "The real deal!! Debra and Devi are a breath of fresh air in a world of wannabes and clones...real original rock music with a sound all their own. Even performing a cover like Runaway the band puts their own powerful signature on the performance, and their original songs burn with explosive energy. A highly recommended release from this free-spirited power trio."
LYRICS & CREDITS
PHOTO JOURNAL: RECORDING GET FREE
ALBUM ART: 8-page booklet of photos, lyrics, credits
GEAR: Guitars & Amps Debra Devi Used on Get Free
was produced by Debra Devi with Wayne Dorell (Pavement, Val Emmich), Anthony Krizan
(Amfibian, Phoebe Snow) and Jerry Ramos (Obie Bermudez). The band recorded basic tracks at Dorell's Pigeon Club
studio in Hoboken NJ, including an impromptu six-minute jam version of "The Needle and the Damage Done."
Next, Deb and Ramos recorded guitars at SST Studios in Weehawken. "It was like being a kid in a candy store, only the candy was amps!" says Deb, who used everything from a Vox AC30 to a Mesa Boogie Rectifier.
Next, Deb invited Wynne Paris
and Perry Robinson
to SST. Perry played clarinet on "Love That Lasts" and Wynne added sarod
(Indian lute) to "Howl at the Moon."
Deb moved to Krizan's Sonic Boom studio in Raritan NJ to work on vocals. Krizen sang backup on "Runaway" and "When It Comes Down" and adding the guitar hook to "All That I Need." Wiser Time singer Carmen Scalfani dropped in to sing on "Howl at the Moon."
Meanwhile, from LA, Michael W. Dean, ex-singer for Bomb
, one of Deb's favorite '90s bands, sent backing vocals for "Demon In The Sack." His wife, Diary of an S&M Romance author Dollie Llama
, added a (real) orgasm under the song's ripping guitar solo.
Deb returned to the Pigeon Club to record Rob Clores
on keys. She recorded more vocals and mixed with Dorell--carting a giant pile of CDs, from Blondie to Wolfmother. Get Free
was mastered by Fred Kevorkian
(White Stripes, Jesse Malin) on analog and digital gear.
Printed on the CD is the Sanskrit prayer "May all beings everywhere be happy and free."
is Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license (except Runaway and The Needle and the Damage Done, all rights reserved). This license lets you use the music in your own videos, remixes, mashups etc. as long as you credit the band (BY), don't sell (NC=Non Commercial) and let others use what you make (SA=Share Alike).