The Devilish Winks are sojourners of the sonic spectrum, six musicians conjuring tour-de-force whirlwinds from the four corners of the musical globe. The band is built on the solid-as-a-rock rhythm section foundation of drummer Nick Christiansen and bassist Rudy Bless, given a lush and harmonically milky middle by acoustic guitarist Neil Huff and keyboardist Sandy Van Laningham, made to shimmer and shine by clarinetist (and saxophonist) Dov Turner, and called down to the River Styx with the romp and wail of Dave Keller's electric guitar wizardry. On top of all this sit harmony vocals inspired by 60's and 70's rock and folk, sung by Neil, Sandy and Nick. It's not quite rock, not quite classical, not quite folk, not quite metal, it's The Devilish Winks.
Taking a side step off lead-vocals from the high power Chicago jazz group, Clamor and Claw, Lisa Hastings’ solo style is relaxed, and loosens up the cobwebs from the meticulous masters of the past. Drawing influences from sterling song-spinners such as Harry Nilsson, Fatz Waller, Hank Williams and Nina Simone, Hastings weaves a new tapestry all her own.