Devine Lie is an independent, alternative rock band formed in 2004, based in both Barbados and Cape Town, South Africa. Their sound incorporates themes of classic and contemporary music, exploring topics that reflect current social issues, personal philosophies and dreams. The band currently consists of band members: founder, guitarist, synths and keyboard player, Nigel Nicholls, and vocalists David Treanor and Gina Ellen
HistoryIn 2006, Devine Lie released their debut album titled “Devine Lies”, with standout tracks “Underground” and “Dromoland”. The single “Dromoland” was written and recorded in the grounds of the ancient Dromoland Castle in Ireland, lending a unique authenticity to the track.
Their second album, “Skin Is All Sin”, released in 2007, hinted at a change in direction, with a darker, edgier sound. The album dwells on in-depth personal observations and the state of the world which are relevant to many listeners. Stand out tracks included “Shadow Aspect” and the hauntingly dark “Hope in Suicide”.
“Politicians aren’t the People I meet”, presents yet another twist to the ever-changing sound that forms part of Devine Lie’s music. This album, released in 2009, features songs with a focus on lyrical content ranging from political commentary, to love.
In 2009, the band released the album titled: “A Place in This World”, showcasing the vocal talents of a new band member, David Treanor. An interesting combination of guitars and synths dominate this album, appealing to any listener who enjoys good music.
In 2011, Devine Lie released the album “My Blood Runs Cold”, which explores themes both classic and contemporary; from timeless dreams, desires, and sentiments, to more socially current and relevant issues that manifest themselves all too frequently in today’s troubled world. Their odyssey takes the listener into the realms of philosophy, self-examination, and the many faces of love, lust, commitment and seduction. Four videos were released to support the album:
My Blood Runs Cold
Love in the Shadows
Take the Knife
Awareness of Rhino poaching in South AfricaIn 2015, Devine Lie joined forces with the charity Limpopo rhino Security Group and security surveillance company RikRhino, to create awareness about the dangers of rhino poaching in South Africa. To help combat the environmental and social issue, as well as to raise funds towards this pertinent cause, the result of the partnership was the release of the “Stop the Bloody Trade” album.
Initially released as a single song, “Stop the Bloody Trade” became an entire album as the band became more aware of the grim reality of rhino poaching, lending their abilities to create awareness around the cause.
The band released three online music videos to complement the new album.
Stop the Bloody Trade
Honey on the Beach
StyleDevine Lie’s talent is their ability to fuse styles of music to create a unique blend of alternative rock. This inspires a plethora of different styles and explores new sounds to make music that is relevant, yet interesting to listeners. The band can deliver alternative rock songs with some haunting hooks; anchored by solid rhythms, melodies and captivating lyrics. Their lyrical content is thought-provoking, politically charged and lyrically lead alternative rock, that covers everything from the current political climate to everyday social issues.
Band MembersNigel Nicholls – founder and multi-instrumentalist
David Treanor - lead vocalist
Gina Ellen – lead vocalist
DiscographyDevine Lies (2006, CD Baby)
Skin Is All Sin (2007, CD Baby)
Politicians Aren’t the People I Meet (2009, CD Baby)
A Place in This World (2009, CD Baby)
My Blood Runs Cold (2011, CD Baby)
Stop the Bloody Trade (2015, Independent)