Greg McEvoy
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Greg McEvoy

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Folk Rock




"Sound Advice: Sea of Yards by Greg McEvoy"

Sea of Yards is not one of those records you can sidle into. It begins with a twangy, enthusiastic bang.

While there are fallow moments and cooling dips in tempo on this debut EP by Greg McEvoy, most of the seven-song record presses forward urgently. Characterized by neediness and an itchy musical anxiety, Sea of Yards has easy melodies, but it also evinces emotional discomfort.

Produced by Laurence Currie, whose credits include albums by Wintersleep and Hey Rosetta, Sea of Yards is a phenomenally balanced release. The sheer noisiness of “The Words in My Head” gives the impression of cacophony while never becoming disorganized, the squalling guitars and frantic percussion rubbing against each other with exactly the right amount of friction. On other tracks, like “Alone In The Fire,” McEvoy’s yearning vocals take the lead, with his acoustic guitar providing just enough wiry strength to support them. (Click the sample above to listen to “Alone in the Fire.”)

Throughout the EP, thick, rough strands of folk are woven through a smoky, slightly psychedelic style of rock. The aesthetic will be deeply comfortable to fans of Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young. McEvoy tempers his affection for blue-jeans-and-hemp-rope rock with an extra dose of day-dreaminess. It’s easy to chalk this up to introspection, but there’s an oddly extroverted quality here. This music isn’t about navel gazing; it’s about cloud gazing.

Sea of Yards‘s strangest feature—and ultimately its most endearing one—is its preoccupation with harmony. It’s clear McEvoy’s deeply aware of the specific kind of loneliness involved in solo acoustic performance. On this record, he’s taken the opportunity to experiment with vocal harmonies and layering, tying knots and weaving braids of sound. His delight in using these techniques shines through and makes the record a little more lovely. - Torontoist

"Greg McEvoy"

Greg McEvoy is the height of openness. With an unshakable voice and the confidence of a guitar alone in a room, Greg is straightforward, candid and resolute. Whether alone or accompanied, he manages to be both genuine and well practiced. It often seems an artist is forced to choose between the power of a moment without coercion and the virtuosity of a song that has been practiced to the extent of perfect replication. When it comes to Greg McEvoy, these are not mutually exclusive.

Greg is a songwriter without gimmicks. His songs are simple, unconcerned with rule bending or teasing your expectations that both rules and structure become irrelevant. He’s not worried about sounding like or unlike anyone, and therein lies his honesty. He throws a great deal of a songwriter’s inherent self-consciousness out the window to a point where you instinctively believe him. Golden tongues with voices you can trust are hard to come by. You’ve found one in Greg McEvoy.

Greg released his debut solo EP “Sea of Yards” in September of last year at the Dakota Tavern and has since then made appearances throughout the GTA opening for The Strumbellas and performing at the Horseshoe Tavern. Not bad at all for his first EP. Keep an eye on Greg. - Pinball Sessions


Sea of Yards EP (2013)



On the brink of releasing ‘Selfish Love Songs’, Greg McEvoy has managed to collect himself after a year full of shows across Canada in 2014.  Narrowly surviving a serious accident on his last tour date of the year that left him in hospital for a week and unable to play guitar for a month, it’s eerie that the album he had just finished at the time might prophetically contain strong lyrical elements of change, loss, and self discovery.  On this second record, jangly guitar and dreamy vocal harmony are held aloft by a virtuosic supporting band.  Deep roots in classic rock and roll, boogie, and blues are apparent and thread together with the indie-folk dreaminess of his debut EP ’Sea of Yards’ (2013).  Once again teaming up with Juno award-winning producer Laurence Currie (Sloan, Wintersleep, Hey Rosetta), with recording split between Toronto and Florida, he manages to ride a fine line between raucousness and intimacy on these eleven road-tested tracks.  Luckily healthy and back to touring again after a 5 month hiatus, Greg is ready to showcase his live act described as 'Steve Earle and the Band playing Springsteen tunes with Crazy Horse’.

Selfish Love Songs will be released in October 2015.

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