Amigo The Devil

April 28, 2024 8:00 PM

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“Both his larynx and his lyrics make him one of the most unique voices in music —even if he sticks only to songs of the doomed.”–LA Weekly

Armed with a banjo and dark tales of serial killers, the macabre and more, Amigo The Devil will leave you awe-struck as he tours Australia This April.

A key figure in the U.S. alternative folk scene that also includes contemporaries such as The Devil Makes Three and The Dead South, Amigo The Devil’s music is a unique blend of folk that incorporates elements of Southern Gothic, Country and Bluegrass.

An artist who channels a voice of unsettling beauty and raw truth and owing to his use of morbid, yet oddly romantic lyrical themes and musical stylings, it comes as no surprise that he has swiftly turned the heads of heavy metal and alternative rock fans too. Splicing alarming honesty with personal realisations, his narratives carry weight, wisdom and wit. Nestled within the corners of Amigo the Devil’s haunting melodies and daring experimentation lies a tale as profound as the dirges he sings.

With a brilliant mind, full soul and a penchant for the obscure, Amigo the Devil harks back to a more brutal state of songwriting. Influenced by the honesty of Leonard Cohen, the creativity of Tom Waits and the ruthlessness of Chavela Vargas. Amigo the Devil is not polished or clean – he’s all heart, with reckless abandon. His understanding of emotions is deep and instinctual, choosing to embrace one’s flaws instead of trying to change them.

Amigo The Devil, aka Danny Kiranos spent a significant portion of his earlier career embracing an almost nomadic lifestyle, absorbing tales from the underworld and penning songs about other wandering or lost souls. These stories, from the tragic to the comedic, inform his lyrics. Amigo's first full-length album, Volume 1, is filled with stories of his travels, relationships, and existential musings. Ballads both mournful and satirical, including “Hell and You,” “I Hope Your Husband Dies” and “One Kind of People.” In 2018, Amigo the Devil released Everything is Fine, which brought forth chantable ditties like “Hungover in Jonestown” as well as his dubiously introspective, “Cocaine and Abel.”

As Amigo’s music output grew it still retained its eerie charm, but began to venture into territories of acceptance and redemption as it followed his journey of self-discovery and growth.

The next chapter of Amigo the Devil continues with the February 2024 release of Yours Until the War is Over – his most disarming and singular work to date.

Themes of relatable self destruction and trauma dripping with authenticity. Honest but without pity and riddled with obscure literary references, akin to Kiranos’ maniac reading habit.

In a world filled with fleeting tunes and temporary stars, artists like Amigo the Devil are the reminders of the power of storytelling – of music’s age-old role in narrating human emotion. Kiranos seems to be on a lifelong journey, not just of personal discovery, but of reminding us all of the roots, the rawness and the reality that music can offer.

Despite being armed with only his voice and a banjo/acoustic guitar, his live show is a world away from what might be expected of a typical ‘folk’ show.

Loaded with sing-alongs and a heavy dose of humour, the set helps to make otherwise grim topics accessible for fans of all genres.

If you happen to hear a roomful of people yelling ‘I hope your husband dies’ in some harmoniously sloppy drunken unison, then you know you're at an Amigo The Devil show!