Baltimore, Maryland-based rock band CHARM CITY DEVILS (formerly known as FORTY ACRES and CHOSEN SON), has inked a worldwide deal with eOne Music. The band will release its second album, “Sins”, on July 31.
“We are so excited to be part of the eOne family! We can’t thank Dave Cash at Fat Lady Music for getting the ball rolling and bringing it to Scott Givens at eOne,” says CHARM CITY DEVILS frontman John Allen. “When you find people with a passion for music and are willing to give a commitment to rock music, you know you’re in the right place. The eOne staff has a fantastic reputation of developing new rock bands. Words can’t express how happy we are to find a home with such a great label!”
The first single from “Sins”, a cover of “Man Of Constant Sorrow” (from the Grammy-winning soundtrack of the George Clooney Oscar-nominated film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”), is quickly making a name for itself on the rock radio airwaves. “Man Of Constant Sorrow” recently debuted on Billboard‘s Active Rock chart at No. 36. The official video for the song has just been released and can be seen below. The clip was shot in Baltimore and directed by CHARM CITY DEVILS bassist Anthony Arambula.
When CHARM CITY DEVILS (singer John Allen, guitarist Vic Karrera, bassist Anthony Arambula, guitarist Nick Kay and drummer Jason Heiser) started to put the new album together, they discussed covering a classic song and incorporating it into their live show. Singer John Allen states, “There were many ideas kicked around, but which one? ‘Man Of Constant Sorrow’ came up and we decided to give it a try. It’s an incredibly powerful song, but it was a challenge to develop and arrange it in a way that captured the essence of the song but would also rock! We all loved the version from ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ Skidd Mills and I built a foundation and with much tweaking and editing, and I think we delivered a great version of the song. The song transcends generations. It’s a timeless classic and it’s been around a long time. I’m excited to bring it to a whole new group of rock fans.”
Recorded at Sound Kitchen Studios in Nashville with Grammy-winning producer Skidd Mills (SAVING ABEL, EGYPT CENTRAL), “Sins” finds the Baltimore band adding harder, edgier tones to their blues-based roots. The result of the band’s life experiences over the past few years, “Sins” features an aggression and energy that hits you right between the eyes. From the first note of “Spite” to the last cymbal crash of “Unstoppable”, “Sins” showcases the band’s power, directness and new found energy and intensity.
Guitarist Nick Kay reflects on the “Sins” recording process, “Our previous record had been a compilation of songs written and recorded over a two to three year period. It was recorded in a couple of different settings and tracked by a few different people. This time, we went into one studio with one producer to give the record a cohesive sound and direction.”
“Everyone has ups and downs — that’s life,” proclaims singer John Allen. “I’ve been a professional musician since I could carry my gear and have seen and experienced what this industry ‘good and bad’ has to offer. We wanted ‘Sins’ to be deep with songs that people can relate to. On this record, I wanted to put it all out there with songs about love, anger, revenge, lust and all the emotions that I was feeling. Expressing what I, and everyone in this band, had been through. These feelings are universal. They touch everyone and we used our experiences to put together a powerful statement that we believe listeners can connect with.”
And what about the album title? “When it came to giving the record a title we wanted something that hit a nerve,” he continues. “We have five different personalities in this band and it can sometimes be a challenge to agree on one idea. The one thing we all could agree on is in one form or another we have all sinned. Some of us more than others.”
“Sins” track listing:
03. Man Of Constant Sorrow
04. Still Alive
05. Walk Away
06. Devil Is A Woman
07. Start It Up
08. Love N War
11. All You’ll Ever Need
CHARM CITY DEVILS‘ debut album, “Let’s Rock ‘n’ Roll”, was released in May 2009 via Eleven Seven Music, helmed by then-label president Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE co-founder/bassist).
For more information, visit www.charmcitydevils.com.