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How did the band Evership come to be?
Shane: Evership was the inevitable explosion of nearly 20 years of musical visions I had repressed. After the birth of my first child and a few disappointing record label issues, I left the music business to work in the software industry for over a decade. Still, the music kept coming (to me) and I continued to write, but with no outlet. Eventually, I couldn’t contain it anymore and, in response to a dream, I began making music again.
I started a music production company which funded the building of a studio and gear purchases. But wound up shutting that down to focus on this first record that we released in July (2016). I handled drums, keyboards, and some other more obscure instruments, while guitars and bass were subbed to some of my musician friends and my brother, James Atkinson. I met the lead vocalist, Beau West, through session singer Mike Priebe, and we recorded the release. 10 years later, Evership is officially born.
What does the name Evership signify or mean, and why was it perfect for you guys?
Shane: At one level, intrinsic to the music, are the life journeys I had gone through in the 20 years since leaving the music industry. At another level, the listener will experience their own journey through the music and lyrics. The writing is such that it hits on multiple levels. Our hope is that everyone who takes the time to really listen will find themselves in the story; on the journey, so to speak. We have enough material in our vault for at least four more Evership records so, there is a vast expanse still to explore.
With your new self-titled EP, there are so many very cool things going on. Why did you choose progressive rock, versus some other “lane” in rock?
Shane: Progressive Rock chose us, really. I didn’t write particularly for the progressive genre. In fact, it was more that I could not fit the story into a three-and-a-half-minute song. Of course, influences such as progressive and classic rock, jazz fusion, and classical would tend to cause such an outcome. But, I hold that it is only within the last decade that I was even aware that there was a “Prog” genre. Growing up, I was just the odd man out who didn’t listen to the radio, or whatever other popular music everyone else was listening to. We think Evership finds itself somewhere between Yes and Queen. So, while we understand that the music is most decidedly Prog, it is our hope that the classic rock leanings will make it approachable by anyone while likes (longer form) classic rock as well.
Are you guys going on any tours in the near future? If so, where can people see you next?
We started rehearsing this October and are shooting to be ready to play in January. We where going to start on the next record, but were getting such positive feedback that we’ve been invited to play at some prominent festivals next year, so we switched gears and are working on the live show. Just keep an eye on our social media and the web site to see what we’re doing next year. Also, joining the mailing list would be a good idea. We may play a show or so in Nashville to get ready. So if you stay connected we’ll let you know.
Where can people listen to, and purchase, the EP online?
We’re developing a great physical distribution network. You can get the CD at CDBaby, Amazon, LazerCD, and many other outlets. We have some european distribution as well in the UK and Netherlands and Japan. We should be orderable by any retail store in the US as well. We’re all over streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Pandora, Deezer, etc.). You can download on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon music. We’re planning on releasing Vinyl on Record Store Day (April 9th I think). It was mastered by grammy-award winning engineer Cameron Henry at Welcome to 1979, in Nashville. So be on the lookout for that. The artwork for the CD was really amazing and is going to look great in the large format, gatefold double album.
What advice would you give to young rock bands out there who are trying so hard to fit in just to get a record deal?
Beau: Don’t try to get a record deal and don’t try to fit in. The best bands out there are about their art, their craft. You need to work on your art and refine it and perfect it and then turn it out there for the world to see. There are still fans out there. There are still people who appreciate good art and listening to things that are great. If you challenge yourself to put out things that are truly worth giving attention to you won’t need a deal or to fit in because that “deal” and that crowd will be at your finger tips. node type 8
Shane: You have to ask yourself, am I doing this because I have to, or because I want to be famous? If you’re doing this because you have to, its inside of you, then remember that what is there is not inside anyone else. You have been given a gift and are responsible for it. It lives or dies with you. If you just want the fame, the cost is high. Conforming to label norms will make you a monotone drone in a sea of monotony. There are too many people making music. You’ll need to know someone. Its a lot of life to waste and you’re in the way of those who have something truly to give. So be genuine and honest with yourself. In a way, while the market is saturated, its never been easier to promote yourself. So if you do have something, there is a good chance you’ll be heard by someone, and with persistence, enough people will notice. But in the end, you have to want to do it, even if you’d do it for free.