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Beat the Devil

by Beat the Devil

Beat the Devil mix Billie Holiday-era jazz and blues and old black spirituals with folk and garage rock. Singer/songwriter Shilpa Ray has a crazily charismatic howl, a cocktail of pain and elegance garnished with an anything could happen next rasp.
Genre: Folk: Anti-Folk
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1. Plea Bargain
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2. Shine in Exile
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3. Raging Bull Blues
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4. Idiot's Guide
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5. Green-Eyed Monster, Grey-Eyed Fool
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Among the cacophony of cookie-cutter rock bands, Beat the Devil emerges as a uniquely soulful addition to the Lower East Side of the 21st century. - AM New York

Beat The Devil is a live thing. The drummer taps away in back, lanky and weird with a slight twitch. Drunken, brooding basslines played by Mishka Shubaly loom like an elephant as it staggers down the street to the bar. All is centered around the harmonium, a bellowed instrument that sounds of the ocean, sitting tabletop, center stage, like the magician's black hat. Front woman Shilpa Ray wields the wooden box with a spider-like grace, pumping out chords of sorrow that fill the room with a dark, eerie beauty. But perhaps the real magic is in her voice. Ray's ability to project uninhibited emotion using her deep alto moan gives the band a haunting grip. From a melancholic howl to a powerful snarl, she brings to life the St. Augustine's of old and the 40 oz. dry heaves of right now. The show gains momentum, and suddenly the beat explodes across the toms, the bass crunches with distortion, and Ray bursts out a soulful growl. Possessed by some invisible presence in the room, she winds in and out of spasms and convulsions. Beat the Devil is a shovel, casting away all the dirt and repression to reveal those lovely, awful things festering away in your soul. --Urban Folk

Beat the Devil mix Billie Holiday-era jazz and blues and old black spirituals with folk and garage rock to come off sounding something like CocoRosie on crystal meth wrestling with Belle and Sebastian and the White Stripes...there are some truly amazing moments. -The Village Voice

Singer Shilpa Ray has a crazily charismatic howl, a cocktail of pain and elegance garnished with an anything could happen next rasp. And she ain't playing guitar-- that's a harmonium, and she seems to know what it's good for. Fans of dark addled romantic music should pay heed. - Time Out NY


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Big City Kitty

I love this... So glad I found it


love your sound! when is the full album releasing?


Gone but not forgotten
Too bad this band no longer exists. The singer/songstress has moved on to form a new band, 'Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers'. With any luck we'll be able to buy that stuff without having to fly to New York.


"I think I'm going crazy, so what's wrong with crazy?"
Shilpa sings with the power and raw emotion that Janis Joplin only wished she had. The music is amazing. Buy this CD. "Tonight I dream about Albuquerque, and I pray that there's a place for me!"


Can't live without Beat the Devil
Thank the Devil they finally laid down the tracks and have allowed us to keep them. A genius compilation that takes the listener through the drippy, queasy, fu*#ed up tunnel of love ride in an abandoned theme park. Part haunted circus, part raving genius on the boardwalk, completely unique. Get back on and ride again, and again and again. Only missing Madness of King George, but one hopes it will be on the next CD.


Short but oh so sweet...
The vocals provide a richness reminiscent of an age gone by. Luckily the lyrics are well written, but even if they weren't the vocals are so raw and powerful they could even bring meaning bathroom stall grafitti. The musical accompaniment fits wonderfully with the power of the voice but could use ome more depth on the last 3 tracks.


raw soulfull blues at its best ! love it !


After seeing this band live in Columbus Ohio I was captivated. The cd is beautiful and haunting, I can't quit listening. I love it.