Devilskin is a four-piece alternative metal band from Hamilton, New Zealand, formed in June 2010. The band consists of Jennie Skulander (lead vocals), Tony 'Nail' Vincent (lead guitar), Paul Martin (bass, backing vocals) and Nic Martin (drums).
Devilskin's debut album, We Rise was released on 11 July 2014 and peaked at #1 on the Official New Zealand Music Chart, and spent 47 weeks in the chart. It was certified Platinum by Recorded Music NZ in March 2015. The bands sophomore album, Be Like the River, was released on November 11, 2016 and also peaked at #1.
Early years (2010–2013)
Devilskin originated in Hamilton, New Zealand in 2010. Founding member Paul Martin was going through bands that were sent to him to play on The Axe Attack radio show and found a demo from a Rotorua band called 'Slipping Tongue', with member Jennie Skulander on vocals. Martin bumped into Skulander in Hamilton in 2010, moving there after the breakup of Slipping Tongue. After lots of persisting from Martin, they both agreed to form a band, grabbing Nail Vincent from Chuganaut (one of Hamilton's leading hard rock bands) and asked a local drummer, Rob, to play drums for the band. After a few shows, Rob had to have an operation, following a motorcycle accident, forcing Martin to "press-gang" his son, Nic Martin, into temporarily replacing him. The band then decided to take on Nic as the full-time drummer. With the band lineup settled, Vincent and Paul Martin solidified the Devilskin image by adopting their distinctive pink goatees.
Devilskin released 'Little Pills' on YouTube in 2012 to positive reviews, eventually getting second in The Rock 1000, a countdown of the best 1000 rock songs as voted by listeners.
We Rise and subsequent tour (2014–2015)
The writing of material for We Rise occurred over a period of several years. The album was recorded within three weeks at York Street Studios in Auckland. In May 2014, Devilskin released the single 'Start a Revolution', peaking at 28 on the NZ Singles Chart. Following this they released their debut album, We Rise debuting at number 1 on the national album chart in 2014 and became the nation's biggest selling independent release of the year. By March 2015, We Rise went platinum, having sold an excess in 15,000 copies, being the first NZ rock/metal album to do so since Shihad's Killjoy album 18 years prior. We Rise stayed in the national album Chart for 95 weeks from 2014 to 2016.
The band accompanied We Rise with the live CD/DVD 'Live At The Powerstation', which debuted at number 12 on the NZ Album Chart in December 2014 and stayed on the chart for eight weeks.
Mountains and Be Like the River (2015–present)
After sold-out album tour for We Rise and an 8 date 'Summer Surrender' tour in late 2014, Devilskin went offshore to play a series of promotional gigs, where they attracted the attention of international record companies and festival organizers, where they played the iconic Whisky a Go Go. The band returned home after this tour, to record to release a follow-up single 'Mountains', recorded whilst they were over in England. Following the supporting 'Mountains and the Moon' tour, the band went to England to finish fully recording their follow-up album, Be Like the River. The albums first single, "Pray" was released on August 11, 2016. The full album was later released on November 11, 2016, and peaked at #1 on the Official New Zealand Music Chart, like its predecessor. To follow the album release, Devilskin went on a promotional tour, opening for acts such as Airbourne and playing at festivals such as the Download Festival.
Jennie Skulander – lead vocals (2010–present)
Tony 'Nail' Vincent – guitar, backing vocals (2010–present)
Paul Martin – bass, backing vocals (2010–present)
Nic Martin – drums, piano (2010–present)
Rob – drums (2010)