Pa. high school metal band reaches the next stage at Musikfest

BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — “Usually the football kids hate the theater kids and the theater kids hate the football kids,” said Quintin Seifert. “But now we’re all here. And what could be the odds of so many different groups of people coming just for the music?”

Seifert is the frontman of the metal band Devixe (pronounced “device”), formed by his friends Bryce Monsell and Liam Myerow in late 2019. Along with Connor Capizzi and Dom Hancs, the Philadelphia area high school students specialize in a form of heavy metal music known as “djent.” The teens are divided into three local high schools: Plymouth Whitemarsh, Abington Senior High and Interboro.

The friends share similar tastes in music that sent them on a collision course to meet. Monsell and Myerow met at a middle school guitar club and later met Hancs, a welder and guitarist, through School of Rock. Myerow fatefully met theater student Seifert in a mosh pit at a Slipknot concert.

Capizzi came into play through the school orchestra, but he doesn’t just play bass. He also plays on the soccer field.

“We literally do everything differently,” Capizzi said. “I kind of see it all coming together now.”

From humble roots playing small shows for family and friends, Devixe dreams of touring. And they’ve taken their goals to the next level with a live performance at Musikfest this weekend.

The Music Fest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is a 10-day festival celebrating art, music and food. Fans of the almost 40-year-old event will have the opportunity to enjoy their favorite artists while discovering new ones like Devixe.

“There will be people who won’t be there to see us, to see us, and that’s really exciting,” said Liam Myerow.

The band is excited to release a new extended track (EP) next month while riding the rocktails of two recently released demos. They also look forward to performing live alongside Tommy Vext at The Reverb in Reading, Pennsylvania on September 9, 2022.

“We’re a bunch of kids who wanted to make music and now here we are,” said Seifert. “Honestly, it feels like a dream. None of this feels real. But it’s real and we’re here, so we might as well kill it while we can.”

To learn more about Devixe, visit their website.

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