Mikal Evans

Mikal Evans

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It's got a little Kakalaki in the sweetness. It's got some of the city in the dirty guitar tones. Lyrically mysterious and thick. There's appalachian flavor, there's rock and roll, and there's the ballad of nostalgia.

Biography

Mikal Evans has a folk rock sound of a woman in charge. After a stint with acoustic players, Revival, laying down the keys and violin, she decided to go solo and perform music a little more her own style. Her morose and sultry voice drive her acoustic rock sound, reminiscent of a Tom Waits structure but with sweetly melodious vocals, simultaneously taking influences from the indie rock movement as much as singer/songwriter genres. For Evans, influences are dated back to when she was growing up in Moore, South Carolina. That is where she first heard her father record bands in a converted schoolhouse gymnasium, and that's where she found music to be her calling. She bought a guitar at 16 and began writing songs immediately, picking up gigs around her hometown and just generally honing in on her craft.

After college, she moved to Washington, D.C., signed to Gypsy Eyes Records, and began playing all over the district with Timothy Bracken for months. Before heading into the studio, the duo added the drum work of Jerry Busher (French Toast) and bass stylings of Ashish Vyas (Thievery Corporation). However, this band was unable to tour due to side projects. As for her solo efforts, Evans' fourthcoming EP, "A Jailhouse...A Kingdom," is slated for release in February 2008 by D.C. based Gypsy Eyes Records. The tracks are expected to be etched with an Appalachian influence often accompanied by mysterious lyrical content that demands a second listen.

The DCist wrote: "Evans' style is best summed up by an observation from one audience member: "This reminds me of a really good P.J Harvey song". To her credit, Evans has sincerity by the bucket. Like her raspy voice, her melodies seem to prize honesty over prettiness."

Lyrics

Dark Hushes Light

Written By: Mikal Evans

DARK HUSHES LIGHT

Under the skin an animal is waiting
We go spotting this creature where
the dark hushes light
And through the leaves it soon will be raining
The stains he left will be gone

This animal will bite off your head
scalp your words of their wombs
Til all that’s left is
Your head dangling
Straight lines that curved too soon

I would he were dead that
I didn’t know his face but
His claws have made scars
That are Turning into Graves

This animal I crave
This animal is not safe
He’s waiting waiting
Under my hide
Tracing the prints of
My underside

I would he were dead that
I didn’t know his face but
His claws have made scars
that are turning into Graves

Garden I'm In

Written By: Mikal Evans


I am a seed wooed by the wind
I wake up to ask whoes garden I’m in
I have seen eden grow out of sand
Strange places become home

And I landed in your garden
And it was eden
Growing us a new home
Turns out our garden is just a memory
Growing falling gone

Our scene was so sweet
That it sucked up our sin
And carried out seeds off to other gardens
Now we’re growing and falling
All over again
We are dust
We are roses
Angels and Satan

And I landed in your garden
And it was eden
Growing us a new home
Turns out our garden is just a memory
Growing falling gone

Virgin Wind

Written By: Mikal Evans

The waterfront spat out
Image of Eden
A trophy all dusty with no home
She was wrapped in weeds
from some old cellar
Her breasts all open
to the virgin wind

Is this a jailhouse
Or is this a kingdom
The lighthouse didn’t find her floating
She sank as she jumped ship
To Eden
Now she’s in the virgin wind

I found her face all breathing sandy
coughing up the sea in broken shells
Her toes were bit off
by some demon creature
Her eyes spoke out a battle cry
There was no return
Yes all she got
Was all she asked
Was all she were
The virgin wind

And Is this a jailhouse
Or is this a kingdom
The lighthouse didn’t find her floating
She sank as she jumped ship
To Eden
Now she’s in the virgin wind

A stillborn child of the ocean
The waterfront can’t recall her name
It’ll brew when the devil’s calling
So listen

And Is this a jailhouse
Or is this a kingdom?
The lighthouse didn’t find her floating
She sank as she jumped ship
To Eden

Drunkest Hour

Written By: Mikal Evans

The drunkest hour has begun
You can see it in the raven’s eyes
He’s a hunter he’s your friend
He’s perched up and waiting
To take a dive

This hour leaves no hope for our lives
The raven will fall and we thought he could fly

I am a queen and you
You are a king
And outside this hour
Our crowns mean nothing
We’ll be waiting for this hour
To come again

It creeps up, oh, in the shade
But you can’t look because you are to blame
It goes on from the dusk until the dawn
Is in your face and you can see
The mess you made

This hour leaves no hope for our lives
The raven will fall and we thought he could fly

I am a queen and you
You are a king
And outside hour
Our crowns mean nothing

We’ll be waiting for this hour
Waiting for this hour
To come again

Tires always leave scuffs in the road
A cannon is pointed at your home
But you won’t remember a thing
‘Til the raven calls your name…
Your name…
Your name will be

Waiting for this hour
Waiting for this hour
Waiting for this hour
To come again

Discography

"a jailhouse...a kingdom"
(Gypsy Eyes Records: to be released May 13 2008)

Set List

A general set will include original songs off of "a jailhouse..a kingdom" as well as other originals. Usually, a set lasts about 45 min to 1 hour, however there is 2 hours of material available. We rarely do covers, when we do it's usually along the lines of Tom Waits or Neil Young.

Originals:
Dark Hushes Light
Drunkest Hour
Penitentiary
That City
Virgin Wind
Diamond Eyes
and more...