|In late 1996, 3 friends got together to form the core of the band, now known as, The Devotchkas, with Stephanie on vocals, Mande on guitar, and Alaine on bass. After sevral fill-in drummers, The Devotchkas found the perfect addition, and thus, Gabrielle joined on drums in late 1998.|
Playing gigs to enthusiastic audiences since the spring of 1997, The Devotchkas aquired a prolific fanbase, which continues to grow. Since their debut 7" EP was released in late 1998, it has sold a whopping amount of over 5,000 copies, which is unheard of for a first time release from a punk band in the underground, and the demand for the EP continues. With positive reviews of the debut 7" in fanzines worldwide, including Maximum Rock N' Roll, The Devotchkas were well on their way. With influences consisting of The Avengers, One Way System, 4Skins, Special Duties, Partisans, The Expelled, Major Accident, Vice Squad, The Devotchkas have managed to create their own unique and catchy sound. Coming from a scene where the only female participation in any band was lead vocalist, The Devotchkas set out to change that. In the male dominated punk scene, The Devotchkas give to the notion that 'girls are only there to stand on the sidelines and hold their boyfriends jackets' a big, hard, swift kick to the ass. They have always had complete control over the lyrical and musical compositions within the band, and have always been the driving force behind it.
Since The Devotchkas have emerged as a band onto the New York City punk scene, it seems as though they are helping to pave the way for current female involvement, indirectly encouraging girls in punk & oi scenes to become more than just a mere coat rack. With all odds against them, The Devotchkas have worked hard to make their mark on the New York City punk scene, they intend on keeping it there.