Amigo The Devil’s Everything Is Fine was one of my highlights of 2018. Macabre and gothic but not without humour ‘Everything Is Fine’ is a terrific album (RGM review) and I urge you to track it down and give it a listen. With just a banjo for company Amigo has stripped down ‘Hell And You’ from the album for his Grotto Sessions project and you can check out the video for the track and learn more about Amigo The Devil here at RGM.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, dark folk artist Amigo The Devil sends his sentiments with a serenading video rendition of ‘Hell And You’, taken from his recently released debut album, ‘Everything Is Fine’. Inviting you to join him for a solo performance in the grotto behind his house,
ATD entices viewers with menacing glances matching the strum of each banjo note as he croons “I’d rot in hell with you, if you’d just ask me to.” And, for those lucky enough to have seen ATD perform live, it is easy to imagine hearing the crowd merrily singing along with him as he continues,”I love the shitty things we do together, live with me in this sin forever, Hell and you
Amigo The Devil is a strange, hard-to-define entity that hovers like a slightly vengeful ghost around the peripheries of metal, dark folk and Americana, claimed by none but with roots in all three.
The work of singer-songwriter born Danny Kiranos has been described as ‘murder folk’ in more than a few places, which is both delightful and apt, since his output camps out at the crossroads of Devil Makes Three, 16 Horsepower and Danzig, while his lyrics concern themselves with murder as often as they do love, libations and self-loathing.Despite his allegiance with the scene itself, the only real heavy metal influence at work here is in the devilish atmosphere and an overall pit-dark vibe that’s a few shades past Southern gothic and has landed him on line-ups with outright doom bands more than once. It’s a curious position to occupy, but Amigo The Devil and his waitin’-around-to-die music makes it seem natural.
‘Everything Is Fine’ is ATD’s first full-length record, and, despite its down home, rough-hewn feel, it comes stacked with highfalutin credentials. Produced by Ross Robinson (Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot), its percussive elements shaped by drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Prophets Of Rage), and recorded at Valentine Studios on original 70’s-era gear, the album is ultimately a backcountry nightmare, soundtracked by raspy, slightly unhinged vocals and an overall apocalyptic bent..
UK ALBUM REVIEWS
“He may tiptoe between rock, folk and country, but his through-line is
lyrical bloodletting and macabre humour” PLANET ROCK
“A wonderfully open sounding record with an expansive 70’s feel.
For those of you with a dark heart, this could be your new soundtrack"
"This guy has serious talent and deserves all the exposure he can get.
An outstanding album” AMERICANA UK
“A fantastic record. Amigo The Devil delivers with a jet black intensity"
RED GUITAR MUSIC
“Ploughs a furrow through murder ballad territory in his own inimitable style"
DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE
“Embraces Southern gothic balladry and bluesy rock with influences that
span from 16 Horsepower to Roy Orbison” FATEA