The Evening Descends... and worlds collide. First you hear the prodigious musical skill: the deft guitar work, the clever pop sensibility, the wild arrangements. But then on other end of the spectrum there is the innocent and youthful charm of a trio of lost boys who seem to have no business making music with such maturity and sophistication. Taken together, you have Evangelicals, a wholly demented ensemble from Norman, OK. Dabbling in glam, slipping in a little funk and soul, drinking the psychedelic Kool-aid, blasting the synths, cranking up the guitars, and wrapping it all up with a dose of pop smarts, The Evening Descends is the first great album of 2008. Picking up where their 2006 debut So Gone left off, Evangelicals leave behind much of their ADD-addled approach on The Evening Descends, instead taking their wealth of great ideas and harnessing them for good. The hyperactive, overdriven pop is still here, but it is balanced with restraint--not a lot, but enough--that allows the songs to shine through. All this and stories, too: Beneath the shrieks of guitars, keyboard blasts, and proggy space-age grooves, singer/guitarist Josh Jones leads the listener through tales of religion and revivalism, plus insanity, drugs, black-outs, zombies, good and evil, car crashes, love and a mental institution called Bellawood. Jones's wild narratives and propulsive pop songs are anchored with the right balance of stoicism and wit by bassist/keyboardist Kyle Davis and drummer Austin Stephens. Still not sure what to make of the madness? Evangelicals' The Evening Descends just might be Oklahoma's answer to Prince's Around the World in a Day, but from the perspective of someone crashing at Pee-Wee's Playhouse... who happens to have a chainsaw slowly gnawing through his leg. The Evening Descends is crazy, self-assured and above all, a totally wild ride.

EVANGELICALS Pre-SXSW Austin Adventures Detailed In Tour Blog

Arriving in Austin days before the official start of SXSW, EVANGELICALS played a total rager at The Mohawk on Monday. And all was well until later that evening, when…well, Evangelicals’ bassist Kyle Davis describes the scene in his tour blog:

“That’s where trouble started. I fell asleep and missed a good portion of it (thankfully) but the dudes decided to head to south Austin to find a hotel room. By the time they arrived there, they were so tired that Todd volunteered to sleep outdoors—it was mild and comfortable weather—with his sleeping back and pillow while the rest of us crashed in the van.

When I awoke, a terrible comotion was afoot. Apparently, the spot Todd handpicked had also been paw-picked by…”

Read the end to this cliff-hanger by going to Kyle’s blog HERE.

Stream Evangelicals “The Evening Descends” on Myspace

From now until Monday, you can stream the new album from Evangelicals exclusively on their myspace page. The Evening Descends album will be released on January 22nd, but why not take a sneak peak now.


Evangelicals blog about life on tour, warts, Sarah Palin and more

Kyle Davis from Evangelicals is currently chronicling the band’s adventures on tour. It is a fascinating (and slightly terrifying) portal into the minds of Evangelicals. They are on the road through the end of October so be sure to point your RSS readers their direction for daily updates on the madness.


Dirty Projectors, Evangelicals and White Hinterland included on Stereogum’s tribute to Bjork’s “Post”

Stereogum are curating a song-by-song tribute to Bjork’s album Post and we are pleased that they selected three artists from the Dead Oceans roster for the project. Dirty Projectors, Evangelicals and White Hinterland appear alongside Liars, High Places, El Guincho, Xiu Xiu and more. The album will be available for free and legal download for a limited time, starting Monday, March 31st.


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