New Device

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New Device
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Rock, Hard rock
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts Days in December, Red Star Rebels, The Yo-Yos, Role Models
Website New Device Website
Members Daniel Leigh
Greg 'Rozzy' Ison
Matt Mallery
Lzi Hayes
Past members Phil Kinman
Robb Wybrow
Shane Lee
Gaz Bolan
K.C. Leigh
Andy C Saxton
Nick Jones
James Arter
Nick Hughes

New Device are a UK-based hard rock band, established in late 2007. The band's style is rooted in classic rock of the 1980s, influenced by bands such as: Aerosmith, Skid Row, Metallica and Guns N' Roses. They first gained a modicum of fame via their Myspace site, when they uploaded early demos which were successfully received by fans.[1][2]

Takin' Over[edit]

New Device began the recording process for their debut album "Takin' Over" in June 2008, with Ryan Richards of Funeral for a Friend handling drum duties.[3] The album was released on Powerage Records on 20 July 2009. The band's debut single was the album's title track, "Takin' Over". Second single "In The Fading Light" was featured on the soundtrack for the British movie "Fish Tank".[4] The band played at the Download Festival in 2009[5][6] and at the Sonisphere Festival in the same year.[7]

The band appeared in Kerrang! magazine in their Introducing... section in October 2009. They have also appeared in Classic Rock magazine, Rock Sound magazine and Big Cheese magazine.[8] New Device were nominated for "Best New Band" in the 2009 Classic Rock Awards; however, Sammy Hagar, Mike Anthony, Chad Smith and Joe Satriani's supergroup Chickenfoot went on to win the award.

Touring[edit]

New Device supported Europe at their sold-out "Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards" gig at the Relentless Garage venue in Islington on 1 November 2009. The band then completed two tours of the UK in 2009; the first was with Scottish rock band Gun, in November. This tour saw vocalist Dan Leigh duet with Dante Gizzi from Gun on a cover of the Beastie Boys song, "Fight For Your Right (To Party)" on the Glasgow date. The second leg of the tour was a support slot with joint headliners, Heaven's Basement and Dear Superstar.

In 2010 the band underwent a lineup change, with both Phil Kinman and Robb Wybrow leaving the band. New members were inducted: Shane Lee and Gaz Bolan (guitars) and Andy Saxton (bass guitar). The new lineup's first tour of 2010 was in support for Dear Superstar. During this tour it was announced that the band were to support Bon Jovi for one date at the O2 Arena (London), playing to an estimated audience of 23,000 people.[9] They also opened the 2010 High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London.

2011–12[edit]

New Device headlined the "Powerage Tour" in February 2011 - a series of free shows across the UK, showcasing bands signed to the Powerage record label. Guitarist K.C. Leigh replaced departing bandmembers Lee and Bolan at this time. Alongside New Device, the Powerage Tour also featured The Treatment, Lethargy and Million Dollar Reload.[10]

After this tour the band took a break, to focus on writing their second album. They debuted new songs in a gig at The Borderline venue in London on 29 November 2011, and a series of live dates with The Treatment followed throughout December. The recording process began in early 2012.

A new lineup was announced in April 2012: Daniel Leigh (vocals), Greg 'Rozzy' Ison (drums), Matt Mallery and Nick Jones (guitars), and Nick Hughes (bass guitar). A new song entitled "Kingdom of the Damned" was posted on the band's official website in June 2012. Their second album, "Here We Stand" was released in May 2013, preceded by the single, "Save Your Life".

2015–16[edit]

2014 saw the departure of guitarist Nick Jones, who was replaced by James Arter.

In July 2014, New Device recorded their first live album, "Takin' Over London", which was released in May 2015. The band then became a four-piece, having parted ways with James Arter.

Discography[edit]

Album Title Release Details Year
Takin' Over Release date: 20 July
Powerage Records
Formats: CD, digital download
2009
Here We Stand Release date: 6 May
Southwold Recordings
Formats: CD, digital download
2013
Takin' Over London Release date: 25 May
Abstract Sounds
Formats: CD, digital download
2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ terrybezer (16 April 2009). "Classic Rock » Blog Archive » New Device Offer Sneak Preview Of Their New Album". Classicrockmagazine.com. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Altsounds.com Reviews | New Device & Dear Superstar - Leeds Cockpit [Live]". Hangout.altsounds.com. Archived from the original on 13 March 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Download Festival 2009". 2009.downloadfestival.co.uk. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1232776/soundtrack "Fish Tank" movie soundtrack details at IMDB, 2009
  5. ^ "Kerrang! 27 new bands added to Download!". .kerrang.com. Archived from the original on 29 May 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Blog Archive » Sonisphere Stage Times Revealed!". Metal Hammer. 30 July 2009. Archived from the original on 28 July 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Kerrang! Kerrang! Magazine 07/10/2009". .kerrang.com. Archived from the original on 14 October 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  8. ^ New Device: 28 Shows To Finish 2009, Classic Rock Magazine, 7 October 2009, archived from the original on 16 July 2011, retrieved 6 March 2010 
  9. ^ http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/8207306.Carpenders_Park_bassist_to_open_for_Bon_Jovi Watford Observer news article, 8 June 2010
  10. ^ http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/powerage-records-announces-free-tour Classic Rock magazine article, 19 November 2010

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