Genres: Folk Pop / Rock World
Tags: gypsy folk indie seen live alternative cabaret gypsy punk indie rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 2000s
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Pre-empting fellow USA-based, eastern European folk revivalists A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Beirut and Gogol Bordello, the Chicago, Illinois-formed DeVotchKa came together in 1995 and were led by the classically trained multi-instrumentalist Nick Urata (New York, USA; ex-Reejers). Taking their name from a term used to describe young women by Alex DeLarge in Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, the origins of their intense, yearning sound were linked with the place of formation. The Italian-American Urata shared an apartment with former member Jon Ellison (b. USA; accordion) in the culturally diverse Cicero Street area of the city, home to a large number of Slavic and Latin emigrants. Their whimsical brand of gypsy punk folk therefore incorporated aspects of mariachi and South American music, the hybrid initially being put to use while busking in subway stations or as part of local burlesque shows.

The duo relocated to Denver, Colorado in...

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