Did I ever mention that I write a web-comic? Well I do, maybe you’ll check it out. It updates twice a week and sometimes it is funny.
Wow, I can’t believe I actually went so long without SHAMELESSLY PROMOTING MYSELF! Yeah… I’ve now lost any marginal respect I had earned on this site.
So let’s talk about Mr. MacKaye. For those of you who don’t know, back in the day Ian MacKaye was in a (band or two). I dunno, the details aren’t too clear. Both of these bands played punk rock and were kind of big in the DC area. Maybe you’ve heard of them? Well this was all over a decade ago and since then Ian has gotten older, a little wiser, and chilled out in terms of music. His latest project goes by the name The Evens, and they made their debut in March of 2005. Just like his other bands, The Evens have started making quite a name for themselves in the DC area through their politically charged lyrics and melodic… um melodies.
The Evens are made up of Ian, on the guitar and primary vocalist, and his wife, Amy Farina, on the drums. Together, they create very stripped down acoustic rock. The songs are really carried by the singing, but this is not to subtract from the guitar and drums. In terms of drumming, Amy really doesn’t do anything to particular or noteworthy but Ian’s guitaring really stands out. This is going to sound weak, but the guitar lines really sound unlike anything I have heard before. I don’t know how to really explain it. Ian plays slow and what sounds like very simple “chord” progressions and yet the sound he creates is so incredibly powerful and really draws the listener in. Does that make any sense?
Look I am sorry that this piece is not clearer, but I am really having issues describing The Evens. Just believe me when I say that you will really enjoy the mp3s, and if you don’t then I will make it up to you by buying/giving you a CD of your choice.
The Evens – All These Governors [this is my favorite] (I still won’t support threats Zack.)