EVENSPEAK
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EVENSPEAK

Orange, Massachusetts, United States

Orange, Massachusetts, United States
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Jun
21
EVENSPEAK @ Classics Pub

Leomister, Massachusetts, USA

Leomister, Massachusetts, USA

Jun
20
EVENSPEAK @ Classics Pub

Leomister, Massachusetts, USA

Leomister, Massachusetts, USA

May
31
EVENSPEAK @ Gino's Bar & Grille

Keene, New Hampshire, USA

Keene, New Hampshire, USA

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Judging by rock-n-roll’s presence on the Billboard charts, you would think that Bill Clinton were still in office. In a world where High School Musicals and Hanna Montantas dominate the charts, the sounds of mid 1990s post grunge and hard rock seem to be the only rock-n-roll with any shelf life in the music stores. Nickelback and Daughtry have single handedly kept rock retail afloat; crushing sales numbers and radio spins over every “Next Big Thing” or indie-rock flavor of the week. Why? It’s a familiar sound ~ making you feel all warm and cozy like Mom’s Sunday night meatloaf. Call it the “new” classic rock, a term that local favorites Evenspeak have coined to describe their brand of flannel-friendly music.

With a recently released disc, Void of Course, and a seemingly endless number of club dates, the Central/ Western MA based quintet is looking to win em’ over one by one with their brand of no frills, 90s tinted bar rock.

Evenspeak sticks to the classic rock blueprint (verse, chorus, verse) but is able to personalize the stock arrangements with solid production and great performances. There’s nothing flashy or challenging going on here ~ this is, refreshingly, the good ol’ fashioned blue collar working man’s “rawk.”

Lead singer and guitarist JB has all the makings of a great front man with lyrics of hope and heartache growled through early Rob Thomas-cum-John Mellancamp-esque Southern fried soul. His booming gruff baritone gives the floor stompers like “Better than the Rest” some real muscle ~ propelling the tunes from bar band ordinary to arena rock extraordinary.

Whereas tracks such as “Crazy/Beautiful” and “Maybe Someday” provide the perfect late summer keg party soundtrack, the band finds some real honest strength in its ballads. “Carry Me Home” nicks a bit from “Moonlight Sonata” (yes, the classical piano piece) and a melody that you might have mistaken for an old Bob Seger tune. Often bands trip up the ballad formula by smothering it with too much sonic saccharine, but Evenspeak gets it right by stripping it down to the core ~ a bittersweet confession cooed over a chilling ivory melody.

Masterfully recorded by Enoch Jensen at East Lake Studios, Void of Course proves that a good song ~ regardless of its roots or motive ~ is timeless. The band has captured this appeal on their new album and shouldn’t have a hard time finding a wider audience.

So go ahead and dig out your old Doc Martins, Evenspeak has made the 1990s sound fresh all over again.

-Matt Erhartic - (Nov 1, 2007) - PULSE MAGAZINE


Discography

Void Of Course, 2006 (11 tracks)
Next Exit, 2009 (14 tracks)

Track 1 "Better Than The Rest" - Radio Airplay
WJDF 97.3 FM

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In short, Evenspeak is four guys, with an overwhelming love for music itself. Evenspeak was founded in 2004, and hasn't looked back since.
They have released a two-disc Live Concert DVD in 2005, a debut CD "Void of Course" consisting of 11 tracks in 2006 and recently a second CD, March 2009, titled Next Exit featuring 14 tracks.

They've played various stages, including many local venues, in addition to the annual Keene Pumpkin festival in New Hampshire, Budweiser's Local Music Rocks Festival three years running, and opened for Jefferson Starship and Big Brother & Holding Co., in 2007.

Evenspeak plays an average of 60 gigs each year, with an email/myspace list of well over 500, with both numbers considerably increasing each year.
The boys of 'Speak are willing to headline, or simply open in all states and all cities. They're main interest in quite simply to keep playing, and to be heard. Local radio has called them The "NEW" Classic Rock, while music magazines and Taxi have compared them to a cross between Bon Jovi, Matchbox 20, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Daughtry.