I've been hearing the term Devo-Core quite a bit recently and thought maybe it'd be an idea to try and put together a Top 10 list of bands (I ended up with 20) that seem to be getting lumped together under this tag. I also thought "is there such a thing as Devo-Core or is it just some bolloxy, flavour of the month name tossed around by people who should maybe know better?"
I've no idea, and I'm guessing many of the bands that are getting tagged with the name are thinking "we're nothing like Devo" but sod it, the A.V. Club recently ran an article on Devo-Core (http://www.avclub.com/article/exploring-weird-lo-fi-world-devo-core-249888) so I'm going to hitch a ride on the bandwagon and try and use it as an excuse to post a bunch of great songs. I saw a nice description of Devo-Core as being a beautiful melding of arty nerd-wave and hardcore punk, whatever it is, this post isn't intended to be a definitive guide, it's just an excuse to do something a little different from the usual updates.
To try and make sure I get as good a list as possible, I've enlisted the help of Global Punk Network dj Paul Jones and Richter Scale Records head honcho Lomo Steve. You can listen to Paul's saved shows (which feature many of the bands listed below) here : http://mixlr.com/paul-jones-6/showreel/ and you can check out Richter Scale here : http://richterscalerecords.limitedrun.com/. I should also point you in the direction of Jimmy who's the real authority on this kind of thing, you can check out his Youtube channel here : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmFh2l5P3ah_3gvWjkiD77w/featured
Between Paul, Steve and myself we came up with 20 bands that loosely fit this made up genre (though you can argue amongst yourselves as to whether or not they should be there). I've picked a song from each band so below you'll find a handy guide to a genre that may not actually exist that's got a name many people don't like and features a bunch of bands, most of whom sound bugger all like Devo anyway. As Lomo Steve says, "Devo-Core as a label does kinda suck. I find it quite amusing that I love all these Devo bands yet I can't stand Devo!"