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Evangelicals
So Gone
Misra Records
www.misrarecords.com


From the moment I heard Evangelicals' debut album, So Gone, I was intrigued. I needed to take a timeout and sit down in order to listen to the record properly. After a cautious first listen I assumed this band from Oklahoma had rented a rehearsal space in the back of the local coffee joint. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in "Another Day (And Yoor Still Knocked Out)" and the drumming will certainly keep you on your toes in "Goin Down." After listening a second and third time, I found myself listening for a fourth and fifth. It is hyper, yet beautiful at the same time, much like the classic Neutral Milk Hotel record In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. Melodies are lush, complex, and plentiful. It makes me want to boogie, indeed. Get down. These are very creative, playful, and melodic songs.

There is a joyously spastic air to their music. With Grandaddy-like synth, Evangelicals hit the gas pedal and celebrate all the way down the highway. There isn't much gazing around at shoes, however, in this psychedelia. So Gone won't allow you to keep your focus long enough on just one thing... It's moved on in a whoosh. Much in the same way as The Pixies, Evangelicals seep of an attitude of, 'Fuck it. Let's try this.' And they're good enough to make it work.

The space pop may remind you of fellow Okies, Starlight Mints and The Flaming Lips. There are lengthy instrumental passages dominated by synthesizers, experimental guitar work that create a melodic but still ambient form of pop music, but let's not stereotype them just yet. There is a wide range of music genres involved on So Gone. "Hello Jenn, I'm A Mess" has a bit of a 70's soul sound, and "What An Actress Does Best" is coated in the blues.

Josh Jones' tenor vocals are welcomely reminiscent of David Byrne. Backed by capable crusading evangelists, Kyle Davis and Austin Stephens, Evangelicals are sure to make a name for themselves in the indie scene, with converts and followers nearby. The beautiful "My Headache" is a personal favorite. It makes me think of Jeff Buckley as a lounge singer. A lounge singer after a quadruple-shot of espresso. I love it. I'm hooked…hooked on Evangelicals. Okay, and the caffeine.

-Leeny

Track Listing:
1. A Mouthful Of Skeletons
2. Another Day (And Yoor Still Knocked Out)
3. Diving
4. Hello Jenn, I'm A Mess
5. Here Comes Trouble
6. My Headache
7. Into The Woods
8. What An Actress Does Best
9. Goin Down
10. The Water Is Warm


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