Music: DeVotchKa comes to the Wild Buffalo

DeVotchKa plays Sept. 5 at the Wild Buffalo.
DeVotchKa plays Sept. 5 at the Wild Buffalo. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

DeVotchKa’s sound spans so many genres that it’s difficult to describe the type of music they play. The Denver band plays at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St.

The quartet’s music is dark but uplifting, melodic but eerie, dissonant but beautiful, and catchy, all at the same time.

Their first major break was when they were asked to write the music for the soundtrack of the 2005 cult film “Little Miss Sunshine.” The husband-wife directorial team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris were introduced to DeVotchKa’s music after hearing the song “You Love Me” on a Los Angeles’ radio station. They were so impressed with the music that they purchased iPods for cast members containing DeVotchKa albums.

DeVotchKa composer Mychael Danna was brought in to help arrange pre-existing material and collaborate with the band on new material for the film. The “Little Miss Sunshine” score wasn’t eligible for an Academy Award due to the percentage of material derived from previous songs by the band, but their song “Til the End of Time” was nominated for a 2006 Satellite Award as “Best Original Song.”

Both the band and Danna received 2007 Grammy nominations for their work on the soundtrack.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Bellingham’s Bar Tabac opens.

Tickets are $23 advance at wildbuffalo.net. More on the band: devotchka.net.