Scott Devours

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Scott Devours
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Background information
Birth nameScott Devours
Born (1966-12-15) December 15, 1966 (age 52)
United States
GenresRock, post-grunge
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Associated actsOleander
IMA Robot
Roger Daltrey
The Who

Scott Devours (born December 15, 1966) is an American drummer and songwriter based in New York City. Devours has played drums for the post-grunge bands Oleander, IMA Robot and Long Beach bands like Speaker and Shave, worked on over thirty albums and toured with a number of well-known artists, including The Who.


Scott Devours was born December 15, 1966, the son of Hurshel and Joyce Devours and a 3rd great nephew of opera singer Adelina Patti.[1] He graduated from Middletown High School, Middletown, Maryland, in 1985, and lives in New York. He started drumming as a child and began a professional touring career as soon as he graduated from high school.

Music career[edit]

In the late nineties Devours was tapped to play drums for Oleander, a post-grunge band from Sacramento, California. The band quickly became successful, and after opening for Sugar Ray, was approached and signed with Universal. After Devours joined Oleander, the line up was considered stronger,[2] and released albums that reached gold status and provided a Top 40 hit.[3] They released their major label debut February Son which reached gold status[3] in 1999, and their song "Why I'm Here" was featured in the TV series Dawson's Creek. The band released their second official album Unwind in 2001 and the track "Champion" reached the Top 40.[3] In 2002, Oleander moved to the Sanctuary label, and in March 2003, the band released their third major label album, Joyride which failed to reach the success of their earlier work.[4]

In November 2003, Devours left Oleander to work with the band IMA Robot, an Indie/Punk/Dance band based in Los Angeles that formed in the late nineties. On September 12, 2006, IMA Robot released their second album Monument with Devours on drums which featured the singles "Creeps Me Out" and "Lovers in Captivity". In 2007 the band left Virgin Records and continued work as an unsigned band under the management of Echo Park Records.[5]

Scott Devours has recorded, performed and toured with a number of well-known artists, including Roger Daltrey, IMA Robot, Oleander, Honey Honey, speaker, TVM, Sheldon Tarsha, Scott Ambush, Rocco Deluca, Wonderlove and CPO. He also toured as an opening act for the White Stripes, 311, Jane's Addiction, Junior Senior, Duran Duran, Fishbone, Beastie Boys, Stone Temple Pilots, Fuel, Three Doors Down, Creed, Hoobastank, Live, Candlebox, The Wailers and The Von Bondies.

Devours' discography includes over thirty major label and independent releases and two gold records. He worked with producers including Andy Wallace and Bob Rock.

In 2009, Devours toured with The Who's Roger Daltrey on the "Use It Or Lose It Tour."[6] The same band, Daltrey's No Plan B, also joined the Eric Clapton tour for several dates in 2010[7] and played The Who's Tommy at the Royal Albert Hall on March 24, 2011 as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts. Later in the year, the band presented Tommy on a tour of the UK, the US and Canada. Additional dates in Europe, Australia and Japan were scheduled for 2012. On February 5, 2013, Who touring drummer Zak Starkey was unable to play due to a tendon problem, and Devours filled in for the complete "Quadrophenia and More" concert in San Diego, CA.[8]


Devours lists a number of drummers as influences, including Buddy Rich, Clem Burke, Phil Collins, Stewart Copeland, Andrew Parker, Bill Ward, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Keith Moon and John Bonham.

He lists songwriting influences as The Beatles, Radiohead, Beck, Jeff Buckley, Yes, XTC, Utopia, Stevie Wonder, The Smiths, The Shins, Seals & Crofts, Queen, Mutemath, The Pretenders, Peter Gabriel, No Means No, Elvis Costello, Black Sabbath, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and the Beastie Boys.


  1. ^ Lawrence, Adrienne (April 15, 2011). "Success comes a rockin' Middletown grad makes career as professional drummer". Archived from the original on April 17, 2011. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "Oleander | New Music And Songs". MTV. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
  4. ^ "Oleander – Discover music, concerts, stats, & pictures at". Retrieved 2013-03-31.
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ "Roger Daltrey Plots North American Tour". Billboard. August 3, 2009. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
  7. ^ "Eric Clapton Taps Roger Daltrey To Open Upcoming Tour". Retrieved 2013-03-31.
  8. ^ Owen, Arrissia (February 19, 2013). "How Local Drummer Scott Devours Scored a Gig With the Who With Four Hours to Learn 'Quadrophenia'". OC Weekly. Retrieved August 27, 2014.

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