Every season deserves a soundtrack – a song or album that is in constant rotation and sets the tone for how you want to feel. Devon Kay and the Solutions are here to provide you with the soundtrack to this unique summer.
The band has a knack for penning lyrics covering anxiety, grief, and being genuinely sad and setting them against incredibly energetic and fun pop songs. Their new single, “252 Brighton Ave“, is a bouncy pop-punk ode to Boston that is amplified by the addition of a brass section and you can stream it at RiotFest.org. The accompanying music video will surely help you pass your time daydreaming about when we’ll be able to enjoy live music again.
Devon Kay has used the term “the Solutions” to describe the members of his band his entire life.
“The problem is,” Devon says, “my songs are only really good as the people in the band.” This is noticeable on the band’s most recent single “252 Brighton Ave.” What was mainly a three-piece band, where Devon would experiment with his song writing, became a full six-piece rock spectacle on the band’s latest effort.
Longtime members/songwriters Devon Kay & Ryan Scottie (Drums) perfected a remote platform of recording after the best friends moved to different coasts. This style is showcased on last year’s album, Yes, I Can’t.
“We haven’t stepped foot inside a real studio in ages. There is no point. We are all budget minded people who make art with our own money. We don’t dream of setting up for two weeks in a studio. We like to work on stuff after work in our home studios that for some of us are just laptops and some consumer microphones.”
“252 Brighton Ave” is a step in a much larger direction for The Solutions. With the addition of Jacob Horn (Trombone), Jake Levinson (Bass), Ian Terry (Trumpet), & Joram Zbichorski (Keyboards) the band can now dip into a whole new world of sounds. Pulling inspiration from a love of pop punk and ska to new wave influence to big band horn lines, The Solutions are open to expanding the “ska-punk” genre to something you don’t need to apologize for liking… modern ska fans get it.
“All of these new Solutions are all crazy good musicians from Wisconsin. I dunno why I found this treasure trove of WI musicians by way of Chicago but I did and you can’t have them.”
Since returning in 2019 the band is in full force with a new signing to A-F Records and has shared the stage with bands like All American Rejects, Bomb the Music Industry! & Dollar Signs.
Devon Kay – Vocals & Guitar
Ryan Scottie – Drums
Jake Levinson – Bass
Jacob Horn – Trombone
Ian Terry – Trumpet
Joram Zbichorski – Keyboards
All music written and performed by Devon Kay and the Solutions
Mixed and Mastered by Mike Kennerty & Erik Atwell