Thursday, August 12, 2010

Review: Evolett "For Your Consideration"

From Montgomery, Alabama, Evolett is a female-fronted quintet ready to rock your world. Their name was inspired by the ancient tribal character of Evolet in the film '10,000 B.C.', whose name meant "to bring life". Similarly, the band is on a mission to bring enlightenment and musical life to the masses. What kind of music do they write? In their words, "We write music that we would want to listen to: loud and rockin' but emotional and with meaning. Everything's a compromise and that's reflected in the music and the title."

Evolett features some powerhouse vocals by Haden Brightwell, who has a bright future as a vocalist. Her voice is bold and well-suited to the band's modern hard rock sound, which is expertly delivered by Tyler Gates and Jonathan Flurry on guitar, Stephen Taunton on drums, and Russ Daly on bass. This young band has a great deal of chemistry and already sound like they've been playing together well beyond their years. Produced by Andy Jackson (Hot Rod Circuit, Say Anything, Death in the Park) and Mike Poorman, "For Your Consideration" sounds amazing, with its fat bass, soaring distorted guitars, and aggressive drums mixed perfectly with the vocals.

A one-two punch of "Only Time" and "The Compromise" (the current single) kick things off, promising to pull in fans right at the get go. "The Portrait" is a another worthy tune - less engaging verses, but a terrific chorus that you'll find yourself humming later in the day. While the remaining tunes are good, the songwriting is not quite as strong in terms of delivering irresistible hooks. The exceptions include the radio-friendly "Hang On Every Word" - my favorite track on the record - and the energetic closer, "Careful Where You Sleep".

With most songs not even reaching three minutes, "For Your Consideration" is a great album for those with short attention spans. But to their credit, Evolett take no pit stops for the entire half hour and don't wear out their welcome. "For Your Consideration" comes out August 24th, 2010 on End Sounds record label. Fans of Paramore, Damone, and Taking Back Sunday - don't miss this one.

iPOD-worthy: 1, 2, 3, 8, 10

Evolett on MySpace.

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