Mikal Evans

Mikal Evans

 Brooklyn, New York, USA
SoloRockSinger/Songwriter

Indie Sound with a Southern Soul. Rich with thick reverbs, dark, gritty guitar tones and haunting words, her unique musical expression conveys honest human emotion.

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 (previously owned by the Marshal Tucker Band), and thats 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 debuted with an EP, A Jailhouse A Kingdom, released June 2008 by D.C. based Gypsy Eyes Records. The tracks are etched with an Appalachian influence and often accompanied by mysterious lyrical content that demands a second listen.

Since her debut release, Evans has been living in New York City where she frequents venues such as the Rockwood Music Hall in the Lower East Side and Spike Hill in Williamsburg. Her first LP Build a Cannon, released February 2012, echoes the southern feel of her first release in songs like Holding on to and Home, while taking the bite of stronger indie rock influence. Her first attack at producing, Build a Cannon is laced with those dark guitars tones, haunting lyrics, and an edge we didnt hear in her first release.

Current Band Members include Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Glenn Grossman (Mahavatar) and Uri Kleinman.

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

To All the King Kongs

Written By: Mikal Evans

I see you
You are empty
As your bottle
At break of dawn
I'll strip you
to the memory
of the forecast we made
on the lawn

And I'd kick you out of that dark time
And I'd kick you 'round til you were bruised inside
And I'd peel my lips right off your tongue
Oh yeah we knew that we were
Oh yeah we knew that we were wrong

I held you like the sand
Like the shallow water knows it's deeper side
You held me just like your bottle
Always reaching for me when your mouth was dry

And I'd kick you out of that dark time
And I'd kick you 'round til you were bruised inside
And I'd peel my lips right off your tongue
Oh yeah we knew that we were
Oh yeah we knew that we were wrong

Your lady is Mother Mary
She's a siren on the rocks singing your songs
She held me just like a baby
But I was dangling from her like she was King Kong

And she kicked us out of that dark time
And she kicked me 'round til you were bruised inside
And she peeled her lips right off my tongue
Oh yeah we knew that we were
Oh yeah we knew that we were wrong
Like king kong
wrong like king kong

HOME

Written By: Mikal Evans

LOVERS THEY CAME THROUGH MY KITCHEN

STATUES WALTZING WITHOUT A TUNE

I LAYED WITH THEM ALL OF THOSE STRANGERS

THEY WERE JUST FLOWERS DIED FOR THEY BLOOMED

AND I’M BLUE OVER MYSELF TONIGHT

ALL THOSE HOURS IN THE DARK I MADE LIGHT WITH MY EYES

OH WHAT A WASTE OF TIME

AND I’M COUNTING THE DAYS TO CAROLINE

I’LL BE ALRIGHT I’LL BE JUST FINE

OH CAROLINE

I’M COMING TO YOU

MY OWN DAINTY FINGERS CAME UP THROUGH THE TRENCHES

AND POINTED AT THE MOON

ALL OF THOSE TRUE ONES THEIR FACES THEY STARED AT

THE GIRL THE THOUGHT THEY KNEW

AND I BOUGHT OUT THE BLACK NIGHT WITH BORROWED RELIGION

A GHOST COME A GHOST GONE THE SAME EVE THE SAME DAWN

THERE’S CRACKS IN THE WINDOW AND BLOOD ON THE LAWN

THE BACK OF AN EVENING TRAIN GONE HOME

AND I’M BLUE OVER MYSELF TONIGHT

ALL THOSE HOURS IN THE DARK I MADE LIGHT WITH MY EYES

OH WHAT A WASTE OF TIME

AND I’M COUNTING THE DAYS TO CAROLINE

I’LL BE ALRIGHT I’LL BE JUST FINE

OH CAROLINE
OH CAROLINE

I’M COMING TO YOU

Discography

"a jailhouse...a kingdom" EP (Gypsy Eyes Records) 2008
"Build a Cannon" LP (Bird of Birds Music) 2012

"a jailhouse...a kingdom" is available for streaming on Pandora.