It's Never the Way You Imagine It
Having transplanted himself from rural Western Kansas to Los Angeles around the turn of the millennium, Devin Tait found himself quickly derailed from his original plan to join a boyband. Meeting a couple of guitar playing lesbians at various karaoke nights around the San Fernando Valley led Tait to form the band Shitting Glitter along with Amy Crosby and Von Edwards. The band became an underground sensation in the queer community over the course of the next decade, performing at events from Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, to the Queer Media and Entertainment Conference in New York City, and gay pride festivals from Los Angeles, to Reykjavik, Iceland and Winnipeg, Canada. After the band released it's third full-length album "Open For Business," Tait decided it was time to branch out on his own. Tait had been working on a collection of songs that would end up becoming his debut solo album, It's Never the Way You Imagine It. Initially premiering some of the songs in an acoustic setting with just a piano and a microphone at The Palms Bar in West Hollywood, Tait quickly formed a band to perform the songs in a manner that sounded more like the fully produced, densely layered versions that would comprise the album. Tapping his brother and long-time collaborator Brandon Glen (also formerly of Shitting Glitter) on guitar, classically trained pianist Elene Chung, and burlesque artist Dolly Dagger on backing vocals, Devin Tait and the Traitors began performing at clubs such as Blender and Club Strapped. Revisiting the earlier acoustic arrangements of the songs, the Traitors presented a stripped down set at Café Muse to close out 2010. It's Never the Way You Imagine It is the culmination of the past few years of Devin Tait's life, distilled into poppy, relatable choruses with verses that hint at the complexities below the surface. Laying synth over synth, vocal over vocal, Tait has taken the simplicity of his new wave heroes The Human League and combined it with the lush electropop of Goldfrapp and Owl City. The first single, Alien Nation, is a driving, crunchy number that establishes Tait's presence as a solo artist while the track's video provides a more lighthearted look at the Traitors as they get their sci-fi kitsch on with the art brut of Shawn Segan (of TheStrangerPage.com, who directed the clip). The single will be released April 12, 2011, on both CD1 and CD2 formats. Containing other crowd pleasing songs such as "Digital Representation" and "Not In A Million Years," the new album It's Never the Way You Imagine It will be released worldwide on April 19, 2011, on Decadrisco Records.