In late 2009, vocalist/guitarist Christopher Faris, his brother and guitarist Andrew Faris and drummer Jason Mize began laying the groundwork for what would become O.C. indie rock act the Devious Means. Bassist Megan Polendo joined the group after hearing some demos, and quickly following a few other keys players, Rachel Anderson joined in August 2010.
“It was perfect chemistry,” Christopher Faris says during an interview alongside Anderson earlier this week. “Everything just kind of came together.”
Inspired by acts like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Dead Weather, the White Stripes and the Cure, the quintet began rehearsing together and by October of that year played its first show. Come March 2011, the band finished its first EP and celebrated with a release party at Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton, packing the venue with more than 400 fans. (“We basically took over their storehouse area,” Faris says.)
Now, just one year later, the Devious Means are preparing for the arrival of their second EP, Songs We Are All Singing, which officially drops Friday at House of Blues Anaheim. For this release party, Faris says the promoters were kind enough to allow the band to completely control of the program.