Whitby Goth WeekendŽ is delighted to welcome Deviant UK to the Spring 2017 event.
Since materialising in 2004, Jay Smith's Deviant UK has established itself as a force to be reckoned with on the dark alternative scene. The long-awaited debut album 'Barbed Wire Star' was released in September 2006, spawning the anthemic club hits 'Raptured Saints' & 'Access Denied!'. Their unique sound is powerful, distinctive & instantly accessible. Deviant UK is masterminded by devilish singer, songwriter and frontman Jay Smith. On the gothic scene, this is as close as we have to the cartoon pop star, a self-confessed minor celebrity who never fails to provoke a reaction from the underground scene. With tongue often firmly embedded in cheek, Smith is nothing if not aware of his own caricature.
Musically, this is dark synthetic pop with a black granite heart, fusing pumping electronics to dancefloor beats while Smith's snarling, angst-ridden vocals coat every song in ice. It is this very understanding of pop science that stands Deviant UK head and shoulders above their peers. Driven by distinctive imagery and huge stage presence, the influences are worn proudly on the sleeve but Smith has developed a unique sound and engages audiences head-on with an overwhelming confidence that is equal parts arrogance, charisma and psychosis.
The aptly-titled and hotly anticipated second Deviant UK album 'Very Bad Things' arrived in February 2011, preceded by European club hit 'Wreckhead' [featuring remixes from the likes of Grendel and Assemblage 23]. With a far more muscular and varied sound, both releases topped the alternative charts in the UK and earned superb critical acclaim from the press worldwide.