November 12th, 2011
Note: Here’s another post that was neglected because of my own book. My apologies, thus, to the Young Evils for being so slow in writing about the show.
I had the opportunity to see the Young Evils on October 1st at the Tractor, and I was a little excited for two reasons. First, I do like the music. I’ve listened to Enchanted Chapel a number of times, and I’ve seen them a couple of times as well. They play a fun, soothing pop about as straight ahead as it can be played. Makes for a good evening of listening and beer drinking and scribbling notes in a notebook.
The second reason I was excited was because even though I’d seen them twice and written about them once, I’d never seen the full on Young Evils. I’d only ever caught the stripped down acoustic shows. Thus, I’d never seen Faustine Hudson play drums. I’d heard she was good, and being a bass player, I’m always curious to hear good drummers, meet them, talk a bit about music and rhythm and slow grooves. I was even denied seeing her play with Shelby Earl at the Bourbon and Broads show in mid-September. Just like the Young Evils, Shelby played acoustic. Faustine played a tambourine. I wanted drums. Damn!
So I got to the Tractor, gave my name at the door, “I should be on the list.” The guy working the door looked over his papers, flipped one, then another. “Uh, your name’s not here.” My first thought was, of course, Denied Again. Damn! I wasn’t on the list. Young Evils’ frontman, Troy Nelson, had assured me that I’d be on the list, that they’d get me in, that I could see the full band with drums and all. “Are you sure?” I asked. The guy looked over the list again. “Your name’s not here. Sorry, dude.”
I went outside wondering what to do. I could buy a ticket, of course, or I could take it as some kind of sign that I just was not meant to see Hudson play, but the band walked up then. They’d been up the street enjoying a drink before the show. I spoke to Troy, “They don’t have me on the list.” He laughed, “Yeah, man, we’re just messing with you since we knew you hadn’t seen Faustine play.” There was some general laughter. “We even thought of having Fasustine play only tambourine the first song or two and see how you reacted.” I smile and laugh too. I have to admit that would have been funny, and their intentional forgetting to put me on the list is too. “Come on,” Troy continues, “We’ll get you in.”
And they did.
And when they took the stage, Hudson was there behind the drums drumming quite well. The things I’d heard were true. She’s very good. They played songs from their CD and some new songs. The new stuff was good, a little edgier, a little darker. In my mind, it was more evil, less young. They have a solid line up now. They’ve toured. I look forward to next record and the new songs like “The Devil’s Barricade” which I noted as starting with clapping, clicking sticks, an alternating vocal, more rocking tune. There was big applause after that one. Another new one was “Somebody that Nobody Knows” which had a slower kind of groove than usual for them. Perhaps, it was the blond in the see through white shirt that was grooving on her own, but that tune struck me. The groove was good. Again, I thought and then wrote, “More Evil and Less Young.” Good stuff.