It could’ve been the narrative for a classic coming-of-age comedy. In fact, it’d fit comfortably in your NETFLIX que alongside Say Anything and Reality Bites. However, it’s actually the origin tale of Los Angeles band Decorations…
The group’s vocalist and jack-of-all-trades Devon Geyer graduated from Berklee College of Music. Post-graduation, he found himself living alone and brokenhearted in Silverlake sans car, girl, and gig. At the same time, many of his friends faced the same real world entry aftershocks. Sound familiar?
Devon decided to translate that frustration into sun-kissed, slick, and sharp anthems that everybody could dance their troubles away too like “New wave without all the sadness.” He emerged with a millennial mash of Elvis Costello’s romanticism, The Who’s youth in revolt, and just a pinch of indie adventurousness.
“I saw all of my friends going through the same things at different times,” he says. “So, I wanted to strip away the personal nature of the inspiration. I didn’t want to write specifically about my ex-girlfriend; I wanted to write about everybody’s ex.”
The songs captured a spirit that spoke not only to his peers, but to Frenchkiss Records. Inking a deal with the label, he’d release his Girls EP in late 2015 driven by the first single of the same name—which earned early praise from Stereogum and spotlighted his wild howl. Simultaneously, Devon put the finishing touches on his 2016 full-length debut, Have Fun, which he personally wrote, produced, and played almost every instrument on with engineering courtesy of Mike Malchicoff and Burleigh Drummond on the drums. The first single “Promise” bounces between a clean guitar hum, energetic beat, and unshakable chant, “So you really fucked up.” “I wanted to write about the nobility and selfishness of putting off a conversation,” he goes on. “The picture’s always mixed, and I tried to capture that.”
Meanwhile, “I Can’t Even” struts along on a funky shuffle punctuated by his dynamic vocal range.
“It’s a hopeless song painted in pastels,” smiles Devon. “I was really depressed when I wrote it, and the act of putting it down on paper pulled me out of that depression. It’s weird because tragedy permeates all things, but most things aren’t tragic. You start to see the bright side.”
Ultimately, Decorations create a soundtrack for a truly universal story.
“I’d love for this be an ‘anytime album’ for people,” he concludes. “They can play it when they’re down, when they’re up, when they’re driving, or when they’re dancing.”