Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The Evens @ Mother India in Sacramento

So, saw the Evens tonight at Mother India in Sacramento. Having only heard two songs in advance of the show (their release is not out yet), I was pleasantly surprised. Ian's joining with Amy has taken him in a different direction. The combination of his voice with hers works really well and the stripped down sound allows their vocals to sit up front a bit more than normal. Imagine, if you will, the more experimental side of Fugazi combined with their mellower moments and you're somewhere close to their sound. Amy uses a good amount of effects on her drums and it adds a nice layer as well. Of course, a lot of the music was pretty political and Ian was his usual self, saying "bless you" to a random sneaze in the audience and inviting some people in from the outside through a side door towards the end of the show. He also managed to get the whole crowd whistling on one song and singing on another. In many respects, it's a great treat to see him in this band because it's a lot more intimate than his other projects have been and, because of this, he spends more time talking to the audience. Amy was pretty quiet, but she has a wonderful voice and is a fine drummer. Overall, a great experience. Especially when you consider the $5 cover charge, what more could you ask for? I mightl be seeing them again on Friday in San Francisco at the Swedish American Hall (Cafe Du Nord).


Blogger Canowine said...

Great review. I'm anxiously awaiting their album. Any idea where I might find a track or two?

6:32 AM  
Blogger ANTI-ROVE said...

Nice! I can't wait to hear the record!

11:17 AM  
Blogger guanoboy said...

The only track that I know of that's out on the web is one that isn't on their album, it's called Vowel Movement and you can hear part of it at:

There's also another live track on the Burn to Shine DVD, Vol. 1 which you can find more info about in my earlier post here:

12:10 PM  

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