Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Any group that nicks its moniker from a classic outboard motor company simply can't be all bad. Still, you might wade into the debut from Nashville's EvinRudes expecting a listing dinghy. What you'll get is more like a hig... more »
Any group that nicks its moniker from a classic outboard motor company simply can't be all bad. Still, you might wade into the debut from Nashville's EvinRudes expecting a listing dinghy. What you'll get is more like a high-speed hydrofoil. Revolving around the dreamy, vaguely British vocals of Sherry Cothran, these songs are so far from traditional Music Row twang, they almost feel like its stylistic polar opposite. And Cothran isn't afraid to twist Southern vernacular into her own Flannery O'Connor brand of Gothic. In "Have Some Rain" she wails, "I keep waking up deep in the Everglades / Wearing nothing but a cool pair of shades / Psychosis runs in the family." And the band blithely puts Bible-thumping gospel leanings to work on the grim "Jimmy's on Crack (And I Don't Care)." It's only when the EvinRudes venture straight-faced into Memphis soul--via Cothran's evocative rustic trill on the Otis Redding tribute "Otis"--that the mint julep roots tendril toward the surface. And it's a fine message the disc imparts: not everyone in Nashville is a cowboy, thank you. Somewhere out in the sagebrush, the indie-rock spirit is polishing up its six-shooter and a-fixin' to ride on into town for a showdown. --Tom Lanham
Great vocals and close-to-home lyrics make a great record
email@example.com | Nashville TN | 09/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Cothrans vocals are gritty and urban with a touch of country honey. She is a great new voice on the local scene in Nashville, but this band deserves much more attention than they are getting. Like The Barenaked Ladies, they sound good on CD, but they are a GREAT live band! I have seen them 7 times now, and they are always on and together musically. You have to go a long way to beat Brian Reeds guitar playing and his songwriting is above par for sure. I prefer not to compare bands to other bands sounds, as each is unique. Give the EvinRudes a listen, you wont be sorry! From "Drive me home" to "Indians on the moon" this disc satisfies......."