Oh, indie rock. Not only filled with so many talented musicians but also wrought with some of the prettiest guys I've ever seen. Alot of men are good looking but it's something else to be pretty. A pretty guy, to me, is the entire package - Incredibly good looking, talented, smart and charismatic, it takes alot to be pretty. It's been my long standing opinion that Will Sheff is the prettiest man in indie rock and after my last post, a round up of recent indie rock news items that culminated with Will Sheff still being incredibly good looking, I decided to compile a short list of the top 5 prettiest guys in indie rock, a list that will come as no surprise to readers of The Hot Half Life as these are all men I blog about on a semi-regular basis.
5. Kevin Devine.
Of course Kevin Devine kicks off the list. Not quite "pretty" in the classic sense, it's Kevin's talent, charm and way with words that puts him over the top. I've met few men in life that come close to the incredible sweetness of Kevin Devine, a guy who could put even the jitteriest, most nervous young interviewer at ease in an in depth one-on-one conversation. And with lyrics like "In the morning you are the daybreak and I am glad/ And at night, you are the dream I fall asleep to have", one would have to struggle not to fall for Kevin Devine. From songs about falling in love (the aforementioned You Are The Daybreak) to songs about falling out of love (No One Else's Problem) to songs about politics and wrestling with your personal demons, Kevin is well spoken and, at times, borders on prolific. He's certainly the archetypal indie guy most early to mid-twenties girls are banking on finding a version of - A scruffy boy with a quick wit, a beautiful voice, an acoustic guitar and great taste in music. Kevin's not only a big fan of all the great indie musicians of yore - Neutral Milk Hotel, Elliott Smith, Built To Spill, etc. - but just take a listen to his ace cover of David Bazan's Fewer Broken Pieces and hear what he has to say about David before the song.
Kevin Devine - Fewer Broken Pieces (David Bazan Cover)
4. Dallas Green.
It is my opinion that in ten years time, Dallas Green will look like a heavily tattooed version of David Bazan. Until then, we get Dallas at his prime, clad in glasses and cardigans. Dallas does double duty as the singer of the hardcore-ish band Alexisonfire but my preffered version of Mr. Green is the soft, acoustic whispers of his sideproject, City and Colour. I've played The Girl for quite a few girls in my time and every single one of them have had the same reaction - "I want to find a boy who wants this to be our song!" Take note, fellas - Sensative guys get ladies out of their pants. But take a tip from Dallas Green and be genuine about it being any indie girl worth her collection of Built To Spill discography will be able to see through your facade of faux sensativity.
2 & 3. Sebastien Schultz and Benjamin Davis.
Two pretty guys in one band? Be still my indie loving heart! Despite both being lanky, fair haired and extraordinarily good looking, Davis and Schultz of Bad Veins are not related as, apparently, many assume upon seeing Bad Veins. Recently I got to interview Bad Veins (an interview which will go live shortly on Radio Free Chicago) and the interview ended with a "question" from my roommate, Sara, which was "You're very pretty." After a brief spell of confusion as to how exactly "You're pretty" is a question, the guys accepted it, thanked Sara, asked if there was a question attached (There wasn't. That was the question.) and moved on. I might have you know that Sara isn't nearly as taken with Bad Veins as I am so the fact that Benjamin and Sebastian are both talented musicians (All those sounds of Bad Veins record? Benjamin Davis composes that. How's that for cool?) have nothing to do with her thinking they're pretty. It's simply the fact that they're attractive and she's shallow.
Bad Veins - Gold and Warm (Live at Daytrotter)
This version of their debut album's lead single is particularly wonderful. Recorded aproximately two weeks ago at Illinois' own Daytrotter studios, this version of Gold and Warm is, as Benjamin says in the Daytrotter interview, more slow and mopey than what you get on the album. While both versions are quite gorgeous, in this take on Gold and Warm, you get to really hear Benjamin's voice. Until David Bazan's second session gets posted over at Daytrotter, this might take the proverbial cake as my favorite session thus far.
1. Will Sheff.
There are two important points you must know about Okkervil River's Will Sheff. First off, pictures cannot capture the beauty of this man. You must see Will in person to fully understand how captivating he truly is. Second off, I've met some musicians in my day that I've been listening to alot longer than Okkervil River, who have affected my life in alot grander ways than Okkervil River but for some reason, meeting Will Sheff turned me into a small, whimpering fan who could barely string a sentence together. Calm, tall, composed and extraordinarily together, Will Sheff is the type of unattainable guy you admire from afar, always wondering what it would be like to know such an intruiging man all the while understanding he's far, far out of your league.