Evans The Death: Expect Delays

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The NME gave this 8/10 but we’re not sure we would agree. More like seven.

Evans The Death — which is a good name for a band — play retro indie pop that we ought to like more than we do. It’s characterised by strong female vocals and an early 80s sound, with a soul influence.

Opening track Intrinsic Grey is a good opening song, kicking off with just vocals and acoustic guitar before all the electrics come in; plenty of noise and distorted guitar.

Track two, Terrified, is good, with a throbbing baseline but Sledgehammer marks the start of a long section of more routine indie pop that, to be slightly cruel, is no more than undistinguished. If you like the vocals you may well love the album and disagree with us. Feel free. It’s well-crafted and they’re a slick band, it just doesn’t float our boat.

Evans the Death is the undertaker in Under Milk Wood, by the way.

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Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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