SINCE MATERIALISING IN 2004, Jay Smith's Deviant UK has established itself as a force to be reckoned with on the European Dark Alternative scene. The long-awaited debut album 'Barbed Wire Star' was released in September 2006, spawning the anthemic club hits 'Raptured Saints' and 'Access Denied!'. Their unique sound is powerful, distinctive and instantly accessible.
This band is defined onstage - perpetually on tour, they have taken in the length and breadth of the UK, Mainland Europe and much of the USA [opening for Project Pitchfork on their 18 date 2009 tour].
Quintessentially English and proud of it, Deviant UK is masterminded by devilish singer, songwriter and frontman Jay Smith ("a true showman with an ego the size of a planet" - Rocksound Magazine). On the 'gothic scene', this is as close as we have to the cartoon pop star, a self-confessed minor celebrity who never fails to provoke a reaction from the underground scene he calls his own.
Musically, this is dark synthetic pop with a black heart, fusing pumping electronics to dancefloor beats while Smith's frozen, angst-ridden vocals coat every song in ice. It is this understanding of pop science that stands Deviant UK head and shoulders above their peers.
Driven by a distinctive image and huge stage presence that works hand-in-hand with the music to present a total package that ticks all the boxes, the influences are worn proudly on the sleeve but Smith has developed a unique sound that is instantly recognisable. With an unwavering belief in the value of the 'pop star' Smith engages audiences head-on with an overwhelming confidence that is equal parts arrogance, charisma and psychosis.
The aptly-titled and hotly anticipated second Deviant UK album 'Very Bad Things' arrived in February 2011, preceded by European club hit 'Wreckhead' [featuring remixes from the likes of Grendel and Assemblage 23]. Both releases topped the alternative charts in the UK and earned superb critical acclaim from the press.
Bigger. Harder. Better. Exponentially. The Deviant star continues to rise meteorically and developments behind the scenes suggest more to come. Proven to be able to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with scene heavyweights, whether on these shores or commanding the stages of Europe's major festivals, new material showcases another confident stride forward, compounding the amphetamine-fuelled electro rock swagger of Very.Bad.Things & pimping it's ride dramatically.
You want subtlety? Look elsewhere. Need to hear a little hardstyle or Dubstep these days? Then buy hardstyle or dubstep. Yearn for an insightful & modern social commentary? A political edge, challenging 'the man' with jingoistic slogans? Or even a chilling 'hey, people...it COULD happen!' vision of a vague-if-familiar future...perhaps a theme explored by a famous sci-fi blockbuster? Then you will be disappointed; instead you can expect an electronic pop band with too much attitude and big balls.
Jay Smith chooses in-your-face, first person lyrics. Almost exclusively biographical, this the diary of your favourite madman...black humour, the highs & lows of a life like no other & perhaps a thousand reasons to love him. And ten thousand more to hate him.
With a third album and European & US tours planned for 2012, the whole circus seemingly fuelled by an even greater enthusiasm, idiosyncratic talent and unparalleled showmanship, Jay Smith and his band of egomaniacs have stepped into the major league and they playing with the big boys.
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