Site: The Daily Vidette
Author: Mike McGrath, e-Zone Staff
Date: October 26, 2000
For more than a year now The She-Devils have been writing and creating music that can’t be classified under any one style. The She-Devils homepage calls the band a “mix of moody, sultry, spooky melodies, thick, sludgy, grinding rhythms, and heavy, pounding, danceable choruses created by smooth howling baritone bass, abrasive de-tuned guitar, rumbling sub bass, and industrialized power drumming, topped off with unforgettable aggressive female vocals.” Creepy Colin, the She-Devils’ drummer, said the style of music the She-Devils play is “!Cuntcore!”. We are exactly what you would expect from an ex-riot grrrl singer/baritone guitarist, a grunge guitarist, a punk bassist and an industrial drummer.”
Colin, a University of Illinois student, has been playing drums for 11 years now. Colin said, “I’ve been in the band for 2 years off and on, but I’m back for good now”. Mike Devious said he enjoys playing guitar for the She-Devils. “Its fun being able to play live,” said Mike. He has been playing guitar for about 4 years now. “No one bitches too much about conforming to a specific sound. We aren’t too strict about being stuck with just one sound,” said Mike. Everyone in the She-Devils adds a bit of their own musical ingredient to the bands boiling stew.
“I am extremely ecstatic with my band members. They are just awesome to write with. We don’t nit pick about bad habits we have, its not a big deal,” said Vain Jayne, the She-Devils’ singer, and baritone guitarist. “It’s awesome because there are no set styles, we have this old school AC/DC thing going on. Colin is a drum machine, and Mike’s got this whole punk and blues thing going on. They tease me and call me the metal head, hard-core metal thrash. Everyone is so different, we all add our own little thing.”
Being in a band isn’t exactly easy. Practicing and flat out finding a place to practice is hard enough as it is. “We practice in Mike’s garage. We used to have to practice in a meat packing warehouse in north Springpatch (Springfield),” Colin said. Jayne said she thinks, as a band, it’s challenging to be unique. She said, “its hard having enough motivation to write something that’s good and you know is good, as opposed to sitting down and carbon copying another band.”
Another unique thing about this band is one of the members, Jayne, plays a baritone bass. “I play a fender Strat that has baritone strings on it. They are thicker than typical baritone strings and bass. It’s a combination of lead guitar and bass,” Jayne said.
The She-Devils are working on getting a record label. Jayne said, “It’s definantly going to happen. It’s just a matter of choosing who at this point.” Among the list of candidates is a French punk label, Panx. “Panx wants to do an online web site with us,” Jayne said. Panx first discovered the She-Devils through their website. Mike said “A guy from Panx came upon our site and wanted a picture of Jayne from our site to be on his site.”
Though the She-Devils are considered a chick band they do not fall in the classic chick category. “Many people think that it’s a demonic chick band from the name. The name the She-Devils is an inside joke, it has nothing to do with Satan or Lucifer. But the !Cuntcore! part came from me joking around one day and I started saying “!Cuntcore!”. It’s basically the opposite of cock-rock. It does not mean we are a feminist movement or anything,” Jayne said.
The fourth member of the She-Devils, Cavey Blade, has been playing bass for 15 years now. He has also been part of the local scene for a long time. He has been in a few bands before the She-Devils. Blade said, “Working with other people is hard, you know? Sometimes attitudes clash. When someone doesn’t catch your idea or when they aren’t into your idea it makes things hard. With these guys it’s been really cool though. I get total freedom, that’s another thing I like about playing with them.” Blade joined the band fairly recently. “I heard they were looking for a bass player and I had just quit a band, Cyris Bliss. They knew I had quit and they were looking for a bass player so I tried out. Joined the band on May 11, and my first show was a couple of weeks after that,” Blade said.
For the most part the music scene in the area has changed over the past couple of years. “Back 8, 9, 10 years ago there were three times more places to play, there just aren’t that many places to play today,” Blade said “Support local bands, without the support there isn’t a scene.”
Though they are extremely busy, the She-Devils are very loyal to their fans. They have a mailing list and a comments/web page. Jayne said, “Our web site has a comments/webpage we get on every once in a while and mention dates and things. The web is definitely the best way to get a hold of us.”