Bryan Devendorf

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Bryan Devendorf
Bryan Devendorf of The National (4656586775).jpg
Background information
Born Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Genres Indie rock
Instruments Drums
Years active 1999–present
Associated acts The National, Pfarmers, LNZNDRF

Bryan Devendorf is an American drummer. He is best known as a founding member of the indie rock band The National, with whom he has recorded six studio albums. Devendorf is also a member of the experimental rock bands Pfarmers and LNZNDRF.

Personal life[edit]

Bryan Devendorf was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a child, Devendorf was tutored by Afghan Whigs drummer Steve Earle: "My first drum teacher was Steve Earle, not the singer-songwriter, but he was in the band The Afghan Whigs. He was with them through Gentleman - all the good Whigs records."[1]

Prior to performing in The National, Devendorf worked as a Book Publisher for Soho Press: "[It was] in the midst of the dot-com bubble and all that high-flying what-have-you, I was sifting through piles of manuscripts, looking for gold. [...] I did get the opportunity to edit a few titles, start to finish. It was an invaluable experience all around."[2] In 2007, Devendorf worked at as a "proofreader at an “interactive” ad agency," while still performing in The National.[2] He later noted, in 2010: "My wife keeps trying to get on me to start writing again, but I’m just too lazy. But I think what I would do [if I wasn't in The National] is be a Copy Editor, working on novels. I don’t know if I could write a novel; I’m more of a non-fiction guy. Memoirist, I guess."[1]

Bryan maintains an interest in golf: "I am a golfer. I don’t know if that’s “shocking”. I don’t get to play very often, but my parents just moved down to North Carolina on a golf course, so I golf while I’m down there. Every once in awhile in Brooklyn, I go out to Flatbush, to Reid Park. I actually had a hole-in-one in Brooklyn two years ago. 182 yards, uphill, out at Dyker Beach Golf Club, 17th hole."[1]

Other Projects[edit]

Outside of his work with The National, Bryan is involved in a number of other projects. He is a member of LNZNDRF, a collaboration between Bryan, Scott Devendorf and Ben Lanz (who has played on the road and in the studio with The National, and also with Beirut). Their eponymous debut was recorded in a church in Cincinnati over two and a half days and contains eight songs, all of which were improvised and edited down from 30 plus minute jams. The album was released by 4AD on February 19, 2016. On August 5, 2016 the band released Green Roses, with a running time of just over 25 minutes, the two-track single is backed with ‘Salida’.

He is also a member of Pfarmers, an experimental supergroup, made up of Bryan, Danny Seim (Menomena, Lackthereof), and Dave Nelson (Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent).[3] Their debut album, Gunnera, was released in early 2015.[3] A second studio album, Our Puram, was released the following year.

Bryan was also involved with Day of the Dead, a charity tribute album to the Grateful Dead released by 4AD on May 20, 2016. The compilation is a wide-ranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead which took four years to record, features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds, 59 tracks and is almost 6 hours long. All profits will help fight for AIDS/ HIV and related health issues around the world through the Red Hot Organization. Of the 59 tracks on the compilation, many feature a house band made up of Bryan and Scott Devendorf as well as fellow The National bandmates Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Josh Kaufman (who co-produced the project), and Conrad Doucette along with Sam Cohen and Walter Martin. The National have a couple of tracks on the album, including "Peggy-O," "Morning Dew" and "I Know You Rider."

Influences[edit]

Devendorf is greatly influenced by Joy Division and New Order drummer Stephen Morris,[1] and the Krautrock bands, Can and Neu!.[4]

Discography[edit]

with The National

with Pfarmers

  • Gunnera (2015)
  • Our Puram (2016)

with LNZNDRF

  • LNZNDRF (2016)
  • Green Roses (2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Reed, Ryan. "An Interview with Bryan Devendorf of the National". popmatters.com. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "http://www.stereogum.com/5014/quit_your_day_job_the_national/franchises/quit-your-day-job/". stereogum.com. Retrieved 3 December 2015.  External link in |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b Donelson, Marcy. "Pfarmers | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  4. ^ Yakas, Ben. "Drummer Bryan Devendorf Tells Us About The National's "Confident" New Record". gothamist.com. Retrieved 3 December 2015.