The Evergreen Effect
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The Evergreen Effect

Lake City, Seattle, WA, USA | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | SELF

Lake City, Seattle, WA, USA | SELF
Established on Jan, 2006
Band Americana Acoustic


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"SnowCap Recap, pt. 2"

The Saturday show, featuring Matt Costa and The Evergreen Effect was the sort of rollicking good time you would expect from the feel-good hippies, tree-huggers, and snowboarders (stocking caps everywhere!) who filled out the massive tent behind Pyramid's brewpub celebrating the 20th anniversary of the brewery's flagship seasonal.

The music Costa and The Evergreen Effect delivered was peppy, feel-good, acoustic rock delightfully free of the sort of embittered irony and emo-ish self-loathing you get in the average Capitol Hill club. And the audience responded, dancing along happily despite pricy beers and the bitterly cold air coming in. In short, an awesome celebration of one of the Northwest's pioneering microbrews. -

"Review, The Evergreen Effect"

In The Evergreen Effect’s case, I had no qualms about reviewing them. Unfortunately, I missed their recent show this past weekend at Pyramid Brewery (Seattle, WA, USA) but I do mean “unfortunately.” The weather here has been unnerving and I was just too tired to fight my way through the hydroplaning and the winds to get there. (I’ve slid off an embankment before in bad weather, so my paranoia tends to be a bit high in bad weather. And so no, I’m not that brave in bad weather, especially when you add city traffic, crazy drivers who don’t know enough to be cautious and blacker than black night on top of it.)

So I missed the show and I do admit I have a soft spot for local area bands, the Pacific Northwest and the Western Territories (since I include Canada always!) There is a lot of raw talent up here among the evergreens! So I regret that I missed my chance to see them this time round, especially since there are so many bands that aren’t local that I would dearly love to see in person but know how unlikely it will be. Still, if you’re local, they have other gigs coming up as well. Hopefully, the weather won’t scare you as much as it does me!

Happily, they have four tracks on their MySpace site, four fun tracks, I might add. I’m not exactly sure how to classify them. They list themselves as acoustic, funk and rock. I’d almost put them into the folk rock category, myself, but in a totally positive way, yet at other times, I can hear traces of funk and definite rock vibes throughout their music. The lyrics are simple yet honest and sometimes hint at deeper emotional and human relationship depths. The musicality is right on target and blends perfectly with the lyrics and Chase’s wonderful tonality and rawness (at times.) He has a great voice, and knows how to use it to best effect—and he knows how to feel the music and deliver the lyrics in an honest, compelling manner. The emotional impact is there but always with a bit of humor and lightness—fun, if you will—to the overall effect, especially in the lyrics. It’s an acoustic sound but yet, it also seems to feel like a rock band, full of the power and demanding beats that you’d expect to find in a bigger, louder orchestration.

My favorites of the four offerings was Young and Stupid. I loved the playful lyrics and was totally taken by surprise by the mid-song twist, followed by a building power that completely enraptures you and holds you until the finish. The introspective yet powerful Cold Flame and the almost folk-like On the Right Track were close seconds. This group says one of its influences was Creedence Clearwater, one of my all time favorite bands. I can feel it in them. They do have a vintage rock feel but with a driving energy and enthusiasm that feels very young and upbeat. I think they are a band to watch and some intrepid label should sign them up fast before the bigger players discover them. -


We have a 4 track EP released in April of 2017 featuring 4 tracks from our upcoming full length album.  It is free for download at

We also have a 6 track compilation album from back in 2006, featuring songs taken from different recording sessions.



The Evergreen Effect is an acoustically driven rock band from Seattle.  The music combines a blend of rock, folk, funk, americana and acoustic soul to create a self-proclaimed “Acoustically driven, funky, vintage rock” type of sound.

The group was originally formed in 2006, and played frequent shows and festivals primarily in the Seattle area until late 2007, when the band took a very extended break due to life circumstances. In 2015 the group re-formed with the addition of bassist Dan Bonnington and is bringing new inspiration to their original sound and creating new material with their combined influences.

Local Seattle venues played include the Nectar, Chop Suey, the Vera Project, the High Dive, Columbia City Theater, the Central Saloon, the Sunset Tavern, and many more.  Festivals played include Pyramid Brewery's "Get Snowed In Party", BrodieNations festival, City of Carnation 4th of July festival and others.

The group’s first official release since returning to the scene, “Winter Sessions EP” was released in April of 2017 and features 4 tracks from their upcoming full album scheduled for release in the summer of 2017.

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