With twelve high energy tracks full of hooks and melody, and lead vocals by a young indie pop diva in the person of Katherine Whitaker, London's Evans the Death is poised to make a strong bid for recognition with today's release of their self-titled debut. The music is loud and poppy, and the album's 12 tracks reveal a band with an impressive command of the indie spectrum. But there is no slavish mimicry of past heroes here, Evans the Death is merely showing their aptitude with the tools of the trade. And because of their wide-ranging competence, they won't be lift in the wake as indie pop fashions change. The songs also display a great lyrical dexterity. A fine example of the quality this band delivers is the album's first single, "Telling Lies" --
Evans the Death takes its name from the undertaker in Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood (the play seems to be a popular source of inspiration as Lord Cut Glass is also named after a character in that work). The band members are Dan Moss (guitar, vocals), Katherine Whitaker (vocals, keys), Olly Moss (guitar), Rob Mitson (drums), and Lan McCardle (bass) (original guitarist Matt Gill left the band following the album was recorded).
Evans the Death gives the impression of a band that is brash, determined, and fully capable of taking the main stage. The album is out this week on Slumberland Records in the US and Fortuna POP! in the UK and Europe.
"I'm So Unclean" --
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