Evans the Death love getting out of their comfort zone and this record is here to prove it.
After two album releases, some great reviews and a few edgy performances, Evans the Death have already established their name in the indiepop/noisepop scene. Fuzzy guitars, pop feelings and Katherine Whitaker’s significant vocals created the proper circumstances to make people wonder what is coming next.
Listening to ‘Vanilla’ feels like the band decided to go a step further – a step further towards their own DIY aesthetics and raw design. From the very first song, ‘Haunted Wheelchair’ (which gives the feeling that nothing has changed), the album balances between pop and noise sound, combined with funk & soul details. Evans the Death decided to play, have fun and experiment on various levels.
The highlight of the album is definitely the enriched vocals, which sound sweet and loud at the same time. Whitaker’s voice is sharp and, in a way, desperate; when the male vocals join her on the ‘Cable St. Blues’, they provide the best moment of the album. The atmosphere goes up and down, from intense noise songs like ‘Suitcase Jimmy’ (a tribute to their noisy past) to lovely wannabe ballads like ‘the Disowner’ – always accompanied with fuzzy guitars. The band challenges itself, and takes risks in order to create a fun environment and bring fresh air to their sound.
They don’t lose their tempo either. DIY production with a combination of nervous melodies and large instrumental background delivers the right attitude for thrilling moments but without drawing away from their original music path -and it’s a great accomplishment for a band to do. That’s more than obvious in the closing track of the album; ‘European Bison’ is a blues pop blend with references to their indie/shoegaze roots.
‘Vanilla’ gave another meaning to what is generally called “pop” sound. Energy, power and necessary exaggeration are mixed together, with the result being really exciting. The band love getting out of their comfort zone and this record is here to prove it.
‘Vanilla’ is out now via Fortuna POP!
This Evans the Death article was written by Annie Orfanidou, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Stephen Butchard.