The Devil And The Deed

Album: Fragrant World (2012)
Play Video


  • This song was written around a cello sample and debuted by the band on Conan O'Brien's talk show before they'd even recorded it. Said Guitarist/keyboardist Anand Wilder to Complex magazine: "Yeah, we wanted to play something new rather than play a song off Odd Blood, and I think our record company was not too happy about that. [Laughs.] It doesn't really help to sell albums to play a song that's not on any albums. But I don't think [Conan] really cared. It was kind of an honor for us to be playing a song on his show that no one had ever heard before. It was totally exclusive. Conan's really cool."
  • Elliot Bergman, the frontman of the Michigan Afro-Beat band Nomo, stopped by to play kalimba on this track. The kalimba, also known as the thumb piano, is an African musical instrument consisting of a wooden board to which metal tines of varying lengths are affixed. It was also played on Vampire Weekend's Contra track, "Horchata," and was a favorite of Maurice White from Earth, Wind & Fire.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Adam Duritz of Counting Crows

Adam Duritz of Counting CrowsSongwriter Interviews

"Mr. Jones" took on new meaning when the song about a misguided view of fame made Adam famous.

Rick Springfield

Rick SpringfieldSongwriter Interviews

Rick has a surprising dark side, a strong feminine side and, in a certain TV show, a naked backside. But he still hasn't found Jessie's Girl.

Loreena McKennitt

Loreena McKennittSongwriter Interviews

The Celtic music maker Loreena McKennitt on finding musical inspiration, the "New Age" label, and working on the movie Tinker Bell.

Guy Clark

Guy ClarkSongwriter Interviews

Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett are just a few of the artists who have looked to Clark for insightful, intelligent songs.

Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go's

Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go'sSongwriter Interviews

Charlotte was established in the LA punk scene when a freaky girl named Belinda approached her wearing a garbage bag.

Tommy James

Tommy JamesSongwriter Interviews

"Mony Mony," "Crimson and Clover," "Draggin' The Line"... the hits kept coming for Tommy James, and in a plot line fit for a movie, his record company was controlled by the mafia.