Radio Control’s very own Corey Nicholas had a chat recently with the Eversons, bets are they didn’t talk about Pokemon (for very long).
Corey: So you guys have recently released an album, would you like to tell us a bit more about it?
the Eversons: We released it just a few weeks ago on Lil Chief records, which is a cool record label based up in Auckland. They even pressed to vinyl – to coloured vinyl, green vinyl, which is pretty cool. We recorded it last year, over a couple of weeks. We did most of it live, with all the instruments in a room together then just put the vocals on top later. There are13 songs I think, just over half an hour. I think we cracked the half hour with short pop songs.
C: How long had you been writing and working on it?
E: We did our EP in April 2011 and started writing for the album straight after that, and recorded the album in October. It took a few months, which is reasonably quick, but both Chris and I write songs for the band. We both wrote an EP, about six songs each, and it was just a matter of getting everything sounding good and not like two different albums.
C: Well it’s a fantastic album, if you don’t mind me saying…
C: How did you guys get together in the first place? I know at least one of you had a fairly illustrious past, actually winning Rockquest!
E: [Laughs] That was Chris. I’m not sure how he feels about that now. He’s probably pretty into it [Laughs]. We were all involved in Rockquest in various bands. Most musicians I know have been involved in Rockquest.
We’ve known each other for a long time. We all used to go on this internet forum about Christchurch music, you know, when forums were still cool. We already sort of knew each other that way, but we used to play shows with Chris’s band all the time, and Blair has been Tim’s flatmate for years. When my last band came to an end I was looking to put something together, and Chris had just moved up to Wellington from Christchurch, so I was hitting him up.
It was a really organic, friendship kind of thing.
C: How would you describe your music?
E: Upbeat guitar-pop music, lots of vocals. Those are my songs, the ones that I sing. Lots of lyrics, lots of call-back vocals. Chris’s are like that too, he’s a better singer though, so his are more sung.
We like to keep it light-hearted. I feel like our songs make a lot of serious points. Our songs aren’t meant to be joke songs, but they have a lot of jokes in them. That’s just the way we talk to each other.
C: How much gigging have you guys been doing lately?
E: We end going up to Auckland quite a bit, three or four times already this year.
We opened for Deerhoof earlier in the year, and we toured, doing our album release shows in Auckland and Wellington. We’re going to try and hit up Whanganui and Palmy, and then to the South Island to play Dunedin and Christchurch.
We’re trying to book a European tour for September too, which is exciting. We’re all pretty stoked.
C: Do you want to tell us a little bit about the last time you were in Palmy?
E: [Laughs] Oh that’s right. We came to Palmerston North, we had been playing that Friday night in Auckland and lined up a Saturday night in Palmerston North.
It was on that student street, what’s it called again?
C: Ada Street.
E: Yeah, yeah, that one! When we pulled up they were like, yeah there’s no couch burnings any more, so it’s cool.
So we loaded a flat/house party kinda thing, and there were all these drunk guys around that had apparently been doing yard glasses of vodka since midday. All these guys were stumbling around with their shirts off, yelling at each other, it was pretty funny. Then people started taking their pants off and started running into the room flashing their dicks at us, yahooing and stuff. We were like ‘awwwww’!
C: Classic Palmy.
E: It was pretty cool. We had a good time. It was really memorable; I like shows that are out of the ordinary. It’s a bit different to just turning up and playing in a bar. We really didn’t see the pants off thing coming though. That took us by surprise.
C: So what else is in the pipeline for The Eversons?
E: We’re working on our new album. We’ve got a whole lot of it written, we just need to get it together. We plan to release it at this time next year. Our overall plan is to do an album a year for the next three years, so we have three albums in three years.
C: Brilliant! If the rest are anything like the first, they’ll be great.
E: Thanks! They’ll be even better!
C: Thank you very much for chatting with us, and thanks heaps for your time.
E: Thanks. It’s a pleasure.
You can catch a show by The Eversons during Re-O Week at the Bands Night.