Evans the Death – Evans the Death

What I Think of When I Think of This Artist (part 1)

I know basically next to nothing about this band. I bought this album during the same Slumberland sale that netted me Cause Co-Motion!, Golden Grrrls, Pants Yell, Lichtenstein, the Gold-Bears, Sleepyhead, and I think Tony Molina and one or both Veronica Falls albums. The band name comes from a Dylan Thomas play (first commissioned for the radio and then adapted for the stage, which is not something I’d ever heard of). This London band formed in 2011 and released three albums before calling it a day in 2017. My understanding is the third album sounds radically different from the first two. I have no independent knowledge of that.

What I Think of This Album

The star of the show here is vocalist/synthesist Katherine Whitaker, whose dramatic vocals power these dozen short songs, though main songwriter/guitarist Dan Moss deserves a lot of credit, too, for his noisy, clattering, moody pieces.

This is an album to be savored as a whole. Sure, the individual songs are great, but the true force of Whitaker’s thrilling voice and the band’s consistently energetic approach is best appreciated over the half-hour or so it takes to get from one end of Evans the Death to the other.

Accordingly, I think it would actually be a disservice to comment on individual songs. Rather, the great pleasure of Evans the Death’s debut is to let Whitaker pierce your soul while the music runs over you like a very large and only slightly out of control lawnmower.

I would have loved to have seen a show with Evans the Death and labelmates Veronica Falls, whose second album was co-produced by Rory Atwell (Test Icicles), who recorded and mixed this one.

The back of the CD enumerates the first six songs accurately, and then each of the next six songs is individually identified as song 7.

The Best Thing About This Album

I am very tempted to honor the song title “A Small Child Punched Me In the Face,” but I am instead going to sing the praises of Katherine Whitaker’s glorious vocals.

Release Date

April, 2012

The Cover Art

The main image is too small – poor use of white space. But the actual image is equally disturbing and mysterious, and I dig it.

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