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Today in AFTER THE HYPE we are looking at Nick Devin’s AFTER THE HYPE series, now in its tenth instalment. Has the hype on this series died down? Was there any hype at all? Are Devin’s ideas on music relevant and can he back up his outlandish claims? Why would people bother reading articles when they’d much rather watch a video on YouTube? Who gives him the right to say that Post Malone is shit when he backs up Lil Yachty’s music? All these questions and more will be answered in this article, though yes, a video would be better.
Nick Devin has been amateurishly telling stories since he was a young sprout; before the internet ruined any chance for an underground writer to make a living. Devin would frolic in the yard spinning tales of mythical creatures: an elf, a dwarf, a wizard, a ranger and some small big-footed people who embarked on a dangerous quest to rid their world of evil. They would fight black dragon-like creatures and climb walking trees; Devin would narrate their quest with vivid detail to a backyard full of kids, as if he was reciting a script from a movie. Other stories consisted of a drunken pirate buffoon who would lead his crew on terrifying journeys on the open sea, often joined by his blacksmith buddy and his bride to be. The kids from neighbouring houses would gather for story time, some exhausted from the trek they made, to hear the famous stories of young Nick Devin, or Lil Nicky as they called him. That was until they realised Devin was reciting the plot to the movie he had seen days before. But nonetheless, it demonstrated his creativeness in his story telling, as well as his vivid memory that would aid Devin in his gigging career later in his drunken adulthood.
The first musical memory Devin claims to have is Hot Potato by the Wiggles. Though many scholars have proven that it was in fact the Backstreet Boys who were the first musical inspiration for Devin’s young mind. Recovered artefacts of Devin’s old ‘I ❤ Backstreet Boys’ necklace has proven this theory, though Devin claims he didn’t realise it was a girl’s necklace and that he was only four-years-old at the time. Nevertheless, his music listening career began at an early age, and thanks to older cousins who listened to music with the Explicit Language sticker on it, he was able to get his hands-on music that would have otherwise escaped him. Yes, Devin still went through the emo/goth/metal music phase that everyone hopefully experienced and soon dropped after they reached sixteen. But it was Devin’s early interest in Hottest 100 compilation CDs at the age of twelve that introduced him to an array of indie and experimental music. And as Devin often likes to quote, he bought those CDs up until triple j went to shit about five or so years ago. It was on these CDs that Devin would experience John Butler, the Middle East, Karnivool, Grizzly Bear, Wolfmother, Josh Pyke, Cog and many more for the first time. And it is here that much of Devin’s pretentious attitude towards popular bands came about. 2007s Hottest 100 saw Kings of Leon’s On Call make the list, three years prior The Bucket made the top 100, both great songs in Devin’s opinion. And in 2008, Kings of Leon’s worst song, according to Devin, Sex on Fire, peaked at the top of the list. And thanks to Devin’s prior knowledge with the band’s repertoire, he was able to express dislike for the band’s most famous single, and then by proxy, the band itself. Although at the time Devin couldn’t articulate his feelings beyond, “Nah that band is fucking shit now, their old stuff is way better.” And thus, the pretentious attitude that has plagued Devin since high school was born.
His musical career continued to grow when, at the age of twelve, Devin began guitar lessons and studied music through high school. It was in the humble, instrument filled room at his high school where Devin would learn what melody, timbre and rhythm meant. A vital skill for any music journo to possess, and as Devin likes to claim, many in the local industry still haven’t been able to get it right. Can Devin read music though? His answer, ‘well I know F.A.C.E and Every Good Boy Deserves Fruit (E.G.B.D.F) but I’ll stick with the chords for now.’ What Devin has been able to do is demonstrate his knowledge of the five lines and four spaces of the treble clef, and that his note reading knowledge extends to that of a Year 9 student. So, can Devin correctly critique music when he himself only has a basic note reading knowledge? His famous two-part excuse is “1: I understand composition and song writing and performance and technical prowess when it comes to music, as I myself have delved beyond the humble guitar and learnt many more instruments. And 2: well John Butler can’t read sheet music, so why should I?”
Devin’s creativity in his writing is what he likes to claim sets him apart from other music journos who crawl from gig to gig each weekend. The creativity that he showcased as he ripped off the famous Lord of the Rings plotline is now shown off on Radio Friendly (not the ripping off), where each week Devin writes and produces content through the week. But it’s his After the Hype series that he likes to think is a real eye drawer, even though it barely receives any attention on Facebook and his Instagram page is partially full of bot-accounts. In After the Hype, Devin sets himself a week to listen to an album and give it a little bit of a bash online, sometimes some praise, to his small, but strong audience. Here is where he can put his wealth of music trivia knowledge and love for listening to full albums, and pair it with his creativity and ability to swear that his personal blog allows. It also allows him to ignore many annoying Facebook posts that music sites flush into their feeds for the months in lead up to an album release. Devin quite enjoys that.
Many people have wondered whether videos are on the table for Devin, as he’s already writing the scripts. It’s rumoured they are on the horizon, though Devin will need to purchase a camera and move beyond a fade in and fade out edit. Maybe a video for the next Post Malone album, Devin teases the writer as he sits in his burgundy chair, about to light his hickory pipe.
AFTER THE HYPE by Nick Devin is worth something, not so much hype, a polite golf clap perhaps. Or at least a couple likes on Facebook and a few follows on the R.F Insta.
After the Hype is a weekly series where I listen to an album after the hype dies down and give my general thoughts, sometimes a little whinge. It’s ok to disagree.