So it’s like all your dreams come true when you are able to assemble some of the best musicians in rock history to come together and feature on one project but for that to happen you need to be loaded with talent and Charmian Devi is indeed totally loaded with talent. Based in Canada, after her father emigrated from London to Montreal, Charmian Devi has spent her life as a musician, from melodic garage bands through to lead singer and songwriter for 90s punk band, Wretched Ethyl who became one of Canada’s most talked-about bands, opening for the likes of Seattle grunge legends, 7 Year Bitch and punk icons, Nomeansno. Their demise after four fraught years sadly coincided with the tragic death of her husband – it was from the burning embers of this dark and harrowing time that Charmian Devi relocated to London for two years to rebuild her life. Still haunted by her turbulent past, she returned to Canada and a new Charmian emerged, a songwriter and musician who was truly able to crystallise her experiences and express them through her music.
But what happened about the stuff concerning all the superstar names involved in the project and a little bird or actually the cool guys at Quite Great PR, told us there was also a top, top producer involved. Ok well we are going to tell you as one things for sure, Folk-rock trooper, Charmian Devi, doesn’t do things by halves – not content with already writing two of this year’s most infectious and seething rock songs, she assembled a band featuring some of rock’s most revered names to do it: guitarist Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group); Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan’s bass player since 1989; Tom Waits; Paul Simon) and Sonic Youth drummer, Steve Shelley, not to mention the talented work of Marc Urselli behind the production desk (six-times nominated and three-times Grammy award winner: Lou Reed; Mike Patton; Keith Richards; ZZ Top and many more!) Proving her standing among these rock luminaries, Charmian Devi is your new rock hero.
So don’t forget, it’s out now