Evangelicals, Neumo’s 9/19/06
photo by Gregory A. Perez
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is
Midnight Vignette by Evangelicals from the 2008 album The Evening Descends on Dead Oceans.
Many folks are quick to point out that Evangelicals hail from Norman, Oklahoma, the same hood as another epic psych-rock outfit, The Flaming Lips. However, after all the video game sound effects, dubbed conversations and other b-side space-flick accoutrements, even Wayne Coyne would likely be found with mouth agape. Since its release, Evening Descends has gotten nothing but extreme reviews, both positive and negative. At a time when musicians are experimenting with noise in both its volume and density, Evangelicals have found a way to push the envelope yet still attract listeners who normally lean towards the brighter side of psychedelic music. With guitars as fuzzy as Friday night beer goggles; tons of arpeggios, cadences, and found sounds; and vocals reminiscent of a tamer Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), Evangelicals definitely deserve a
Most Original Award. Their MySpace page has a bunch of dates stretching into April, including a stop at Nectar 3/23. Expect stage props and lots and lots of fog. While no videos exist yet for the new album, here’s an older one for “Another Day” from their debut: