SINCE MATERIALISING IN 2004, Deviant UK has established itself as a rising star of the European Dark Alternative scene. The band unleashed the long-awaited and frankly outstanding debut album 'Barbed Wire Star' in September 2006, spawning the anthemic club hits 'Raptured Saints' and 'Access Denied!'. Their sound is powerful, distinctive and instantly accessible - and one of the few on the scene known to appeal to both Gothic and EBM audiences.
The band is in its element onstage, consolidating an ever-growing fanbase with spectacular live shows including the renowned Dark City, Black Celebration, Whitby and Infest festivals among others. Their undisputed scene credentials received the royal seal of approval in October 2006 when Deviant UK supported the mighty VNV Nation at their unforgettable Homecoming show in Dublin.
The band is masterminded by singer, songwriter and frontman - the devilish Jay Smith ("a true showman with an ego the size of a planet" - Rocksound Magazine). Offering an arsenal of contemporary programming, soaring synthesisers, industrial percussion loops and cold vocals that coat each track in a layer of black ice, Smith's idiosyncratic song writing is laden with wickedly commercial hooks and fist in the air choruses. Indeed, the wilful pop science seamlessly integrated into their industrial machinery is what makes Deviant UK stand out from their peers. More powerful than synth pop, more melodic than EBM. Who doesn't love a catchy tune? Thats what this business is all about, surely.
Smith believes in the value of the 'rock star'. As such, the band is driven by a distinctive image and spectacular stage presentation commensurate with their music. Acknowledged to be a spectacular live act, their performance is crystallised by Smith - a consummate frontman who engages the audience head-on with a confidence that is equal parts outrageous arrogance, machiavellian charisma and absolute control freak. That said, the bravado sometimes gives way to reveal a very human neurosis and paranoia everyone of us can identify with.
With a malevolent stage presence, Deviant UK menace, compel and thrill you in equal toxic measures. In the current climate where manufactured pop is king, Deviant UK is a dark and intriguing alternative that delivers both musically and visually. Smith's incisive narratives paint pictures that ignite your imagination, leading you by the hand through a world of deviant sex, twisted romance, decadence and excess...all underpinned by a humour so black that it can only have come from having been there, seen it and done it.
Rock stars should be frightening, enigmatic and larger than life with Mum and Dad wincing when your favourite rock star appeared on Top of the Pops or across the tabloid pages. Deviant UK tick those boxes, an extremely bad influence to corrupt your soul. With the 'Barbed Wire Star' album already hailed as a minor classic, European/US tour dates lie ahead along with some big name collaborations. The second - and aptly titled - album 'Very Bad Things' is under way...the Deviant UK adventure goes from strength to strength... strap yourselves in and enjoy the ride.
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