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Simple Damned Device were formed in 2010
The idea of the band's singer/lyricist, Lawrence Bayne(LFB) was to get road toughened recording savvy players together from widely varied genres(Blues/Folk/Soul/Metal) combined with his own Goth and Punk leanings and make something that honored those styles while turning the conventions on their head.
The result has been a prodigious output of metallic ballads, lecherous lullabyes, driving dirges and original, sonic salutes to the musically diverse background of each member.
Live, they balance tight playing with unpredictability-having been known to improvise entire songs while on stage-Bassist David F.South and Percussionist Derick E. Lindo are the ferociously focused rhythm section who are locked in at a molecular level, providing Guitarist Kevin Bell a foundation for soaring riffs and solos.. and in front, LFB.. A mercurial performer, at times threatening, fragile, and often seeming physically controlled by every rumble, crash and cry of the band.
Honoring the 70's with bands like The Stranglers,Grand Funk Railroad and Bob Mould, Seasoned Stage and Studio vets deconstruct and deliver power chords and heavy grooves- a soundtrack of fierce blues/sludge/rock alongside forceful vocals and lyrics that are caustic,painfully funny with raw observations on Love,Lawlessness and Neuroticism.
The music is an elemental,raw, organic chaos making you want to fuck,fight or get off the fence.
As a Poet, Lyricist, Singer and Composer LFB ( a tattoo on his arm-you ask him what the 'F" stands for) he performed with the band Control Freak in many diverse venues from L.A and South Africa to South Dakota and Moncton, New Brunswick.He writes thinly veiled death threats to abusers, liars, sycophants and ex-sweethearts.. and they’re all love songs. Follow him @lawrencebayne
KEVIN BELL -Musical Director/Guitars /Songwriter
A respected session player Kevin has worked with Producers,Bob Ezrin, Jack Richardson and Doug Riley.He has also played with Johnny Winter,Roy Buchanan, AWB, Edward Bear and was one of Alice Cooper’s drinking buddies.(one of the reasons Alice don't drink no more)
DAVID F. SOUTH- Bass/Songwriter
Dave’s first band was “Billion Dollar Babies”, an Alice Cooper tribute band that toured across Canada.
He also played in Black Sabbath and YES tribute bands. Like Marv in Sin City if he’d been born 500 years ago he would have been comfortable swingin’ an axe into a face.In his spare time he sculpts Picasso like art out of dental stone and plaster.
Sometimes, he's a dental model maker/oral renderer
Follow him @Piratechefs
DERICK E. LINDO- Percussion/Songwriter
Derick has played with Nancy Wilson, The Platters, Percy Sledge, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, Anthony Gomes and Jackie Mittoo of The Skatalites.
Most recently he toured with The Reggae Cowboys, and Something Extra .
He's the mysterious, quiet one of SDD who chews gum. alot.