Evans The Death

Evans The Death

 London, England, GBR
BandAlternativePop

One of the most refreshing & unnervingly brilliant new groups around, influenced by the lyrical dexterity of The Smiths, Felt and Pulp, and the scuzzed up melodic exuberance of MBV, Pavement & Pixies. Rory Bratwell (Test Icicles)-produced debut LP released on Fortuna POP(UK)/Slumberland(US).

Biography

Following in the footsteps of Fanfarlo, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Allo Darlin’, Evans The Death are the first new band to be signed by London, UK based label Fortuna POP! in two years, with their records also being released by Slumberland Records in the US.

Evans the Death make frenetic, emotionally astute, and irresistibly infectious punk pop which exudes the kind of unbridled charisma, lacerating intelligence, and runaway energy which ought to make bands ten years their senior weep with envy. Comprised of 18 and 19-year-olds Dan Moss (guitar, vocals), Olly Moss (guitar), Katherine Whitaker (vocals, keys), Rob Mitson (drums), and Lan McArdle (bass), and named after the undertaker in Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood, Evans the Death are poised to fulfill their potential as one of the most refreshing, restless, and unnervingly brilliant new groups around.

The band released their debut single "Threads" / "I'm So Unclean" via Fortuna POP! in 2011 to some critical acclaim, including being made John Kennedy's X-Posure Big One on radio station XFM, plays on BBC Radio One and 6music, and five star reviews in Artrocker magazine and on Drowned In Sound website. They followed this up in 2012 with a second single and their self-named debut album, both produced by Rory Bratwell (Test Icicles / RAT:ATT:AGG / Kasms). The album saw more good reviews for the band, including a 4/5 review in Q magazine.

Dan, Rob, and Matt initially met at school in Chelmsford and played in bands together, but it took a chance meeting between Dan and singer Katherine at a show a year or so later to lead to the first incarnation of Evans the Death, the line-up being completed with the addition of Dan’s younger brother Olly.

Having evidently spent a good proportion of their young lives attuned as much to the lyrical dexterity and finesse of Morrissey, Lawrence Felt, Edwyn Collins, and Jarvis Cocker, as to the scuzzed up melodic exuberance of early My Bloody Valentine, Pavement, The Pixies, and the I Am Kurious Oranj era of The Fall, the band effortlessly blend precocious musical literacy with the kind of unerring self-awareness which makes for a perfectly pitched pop sensibility. Katherine's vertiginous, primal, and urgent vocal delivery electrifies lyrics which alternate between the scathingly acerbic and the boldly fragile.

Elegantly handled self-deprecation, mordant wit, and a willingness to embrace your own awkwardness go a long way when you have the kind of sophisticated grasp on the things that make music urgent, vital, and exhilarating which Evans the Death manifestly do. A band as young, compellingly unhinged, and hyper-intelligent as this more than deserve the anticipation they are already generating amongst new fans across the country.

"The quintet's debut is a scrappy yet romantic proposition, like greasy chips at 4 am. But it's smart and gutsy to: a clatter and pummel underscoring Katherine Whitaker's sweet, yet punchy vocals… Evans the Death manage to make humdrum everyday existence sound quite magical." Q ****

"Absorbing lead vocalist Katherine Whitaker's classic 70s vocal with cleverly assembled lyrics "I'm So Unclean" runs on a frenetic bass, furry guitar and crash-heavy percussion… This is a wonderful marriage of converse elements elegantly crafted into its own neat mess." Artrocker ******

"Sparkling UK indie debut, ending on a terrific downbeat." Uncut

"Channelling the scuzzy, shambolic spirit of 90s era art rock, whilst recalling The Long Blondes in debut single "Threads", the music works best at its most unashamedly poppy moments, as ragged and frayed as they may be." The Fly

"The band perfectly capture the angst and joy of youth through scuzzy guitar work and echoing vocals… And just like the best young bands, their debut album is bursting with infectious, coming undone music - and brimming with vigour and ambition." The 405

"Imagine a band whose sole intention was to kick in your front door and play a cracking pop tune in your hall. Imagine a band so young and vital that you just want to pick them up and shake them." Narc

Discography

7" single "Threads" / "I'm So Unclean" Sept 2011
7" single "Telling Lies" March 2012
LP / CD "Evans The Death" April 2012

Set List

Bo Diddley
Catch Your Cold
Sleeping Song
Letter of Complaint
Telling Lies
Threads
Morning Voice
A Small Child Punched Me in the Face
I'm So Unclean
What's In Your Pocket?
You're Joking
Wet Blanket