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The Devastations
Devastations at The Water Rats, Kings Cross, London, UK. September, 2007.
Background information
OriginMelbourne, Australia
GenresIndie rock
LabelsSpooky/MGM, Beggars Banquet
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersConrad Standish
Tom Carlyon
Hugo Cran

Devastations were an indie rock band from Melbourne, Australia. The band's solemn lamentations often earned comparisons to artists such as Nick Cave and Tindersticks.[1]

Band history

The band was founded in 2002 by Tom Carlyon, Hugo Cran and Conrad Standish after the end of their former band Luxedo.[2] Originally called "The Devastations" to mimic the style of bands such as The Temptations[3], "The" was later dropped.

The band was signed to Beggars Banquet Records, released three albums and toured extensively in Europe, where two of the band members lived.[4] Their self-titled debut album was named by Rolling Stone Germany as the best debut of 2004.[5]

The band was nominated in 2005 for an Australian Music Prize for their second album, Coal[6] and again in 2007 for Yes, U, their third album. Yes, U, was also nominated for an Age Newspaper EG Award for Best Album of 2007.[4]

Devastations recorded a cover of the Cure's 1981 song All Cats Are Grey for Perfect as Cats: A Tribute to the Cure, a charity record released in October 2008 by Los Angeles indie label Manimal Vinyl.[7]

In 2009, Devastations collaborated with New York City-based band Blonde Redhead to record a song for the AIDS benefit album Dark Was the Night produced by the Red Hot Organization.[8] The ensuing song, When the Road Runs Out, uses the Devastation's instrumental song Misrecordia from Yes, U.

By 2010, Devastations had disbanded, although Carlyon and Standish later reunited as an electronic music duo, Standish/Carlyon, releasing an album called Deleted Scenes in 2013.[9]


  • Tom Carlyon: guitar, piano
  • Hugo Cran: drums
  • Conrad Standish: vocals, bass



  1. ^ Martin, Luke (31 March 2005). "The Devastations - The Devastations". FasterLouder. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Allmusic biography, Mackenzie Wilson
  3. ^ "The Devastations". terapijanet. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b Donovan, Patrick (14 December 2007), "Crossing Borders", The Age
  5. ^ The Devastations Interview, Matt Connors, Time Off Archived 16 September 2008 at
  6. ^ Devastations profile at Remote Control Records website Archived 30 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Gourlay, Dom. "Perfect As Cats: A Tribute To The Cure". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Dark Was The Night". Red Hot. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ Mathieson, Craig (19 July 2013). "Darker side of yuppiedom". The Sydney Morning Herlad. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "The ARIA Report" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 5 May 2003. p. 30. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 May 2003. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "The ARIA Report" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 19 September 2005. p. 30. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 October 2005. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ "The ARIA Report" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 17 September 2007. p. 30. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 2015.

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