Hot on the heels of their Shaun Keaveny BBC 6music Record Of The Week for their abrasive, distortion-heavy single “Enabler”, and a host of glowing reviews for their remarkable new album Expect Delays, Evans The Death are set to release a second single “Sledgehammer” from the album. Poppier and more immediate than “Enabler”, and bursting with exuberance and youthful angst, the new single showcases a different side to the band (and has absolutely nothing to do with the Peter Gabriel 1986 smash with the same name).
Recorded with producer Rory Atwell, Expect Delays came out last month via Fortuna POP! (UK/EU) and Slumberland (USA) and bristles with an underlying tension, veering from rip-roaring noise to quiet contemplation, underpinned by Katherine Whitaker’s extraordinary voice. Still barely out of their teens, there’s a tremendous sense across Expect Delays of a band coming into their own, honing a plethora of influences to make a sound that is uniquely them. While retaining the post-punk and 90s alt-rock inspired elements that peppered their debut, the music is more expressive, heavier and more experimental, and the lyrics more nuanced, the sense of despair leavened by sharp wordplay and humour.
More ambitious and focused than their previous record, whilst sacrificing none of their spontaneity and vitality, Expect Delays is a supremely inventive and intelligently crafted album from a band who have suffered for their art, and used that experience to inform and nourish their work. Expect no more delays, Evans the Death have arrived.
LONDON HEADLINE SHOW
29th April – Victoria Dalston
Thursday 16th – FALMOUTH (venue tbc)
Friday 17th – CARDIFF Four Bars at Dempseys
Saturday 18th – MANCHESTER The Castle
Sunday 19th – LIVERPOOL Maguire’s
Monday 20th – LEEDS Wharf Chambers
Tuesday 21st – GLASGOW Glad Cafe
Wednesday 22nd – LEICESTER The Musician
Thursday 23rd – NOTTINGHAM The Chameleon
Friday 24th – COVENTRY The Tin
Saturday 25th – LONDON The Old Blue Blue Last
Sunday 26th – BRIGHTON The Green Door Store