Live at the Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 2: The Young Evils

photos by Brittney Bush Bollay

The Young Evils are guitarists Troy Nelson and Cody Hurd, vocalist Mackenzie Mercer, bassist Michael Lee and drummer Faustine Hudson. The local band is hot off the heels of their self-released debut album Enchanted Chapel, a record spearheaded by producer Barrett Jones (Nirvana, The Melvins, Pussy Galore). After appearances at last year’s Block Party and the Seattle Weekly’s Reverb Festival, as well as the South by Southwest Seattle Showcase and Sasquatch!, the band’s accumulated a slew of fans and praise. Their touring days have seen them opening for the likes of The Vaselines, Dum Dum Girls, and this year’s Block Party fellows The Cave Singers. The principal players in the band are Nelson and Mercer, lovebirds who coo sweet words at each other through songs that are playful and coy through a wall of intricate guitar melodies.

The Young Evils romped through an entertaining set of catchy pop-tinged rock’n’roll, rambunctious at times. It certainly made you bob in your seat or on your feet. Many of the songs utilized a duo male-female vocal lead, often singing in sync on the octave.

“Darker Blue Bayou” proved to be a certain highlight, a perfectly paced sing-along with pleasing spacial guitar work and very amusing drumming from Hudson – at times, it seemed like she was coming out from under water for a well-needed breath of fresh air, a huge smile stretched across her face.

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