Tues Mar 1
1800 E Burnside
Ian MacKaye has a new band. Words enough to plunge the lives of the Fugazi faithful--spine-worn copies of Dance of Days on their nightstands like Bibles--into a sudden wash of all sorts of meaning and purpose again. And sure, I guess it's a pretty big deal--so big, in fact, that it's apparently more than words can describe.
The Evens, a duo featuring MacKaye on guitar and longtime woman-friend Amy Farina (the Warmers), had been privately playing together for roughly two years before their 2003 live debut--and since then, the twosome have played a fair number of shows around the country, recorded an album (due out March 8), and created something of a non-committal buzz 'cross the worldwide web. Seems innocent enough--but it's here where the Evens story gets a little curious. You see, despite Mr. Fugazi/Minor Threat/Dischord et. al's obsessive following and the Evens' relatively comfortable internet presence--no one seems to be saying anything about what they actually sound like. Or if they're actually any good.
Part of the blame for this, of course, is due to MacKaye and Dischord's relatively evasive promotional approach (when asked to describe the band's sound in a recent interview, MacKaye responded, "That's why I'm coming there--to show you what it's like. If I could put it in words, I wouldn't play."), but after reading a number of the band's strangely ethereal live "reviews" online, I know considerably more about the way the band plays shows than I do about their music.
For the record, let me tell you what I do know: there are two people in the Evens. The Evens sit in chairs when they play. Both members of the Evens sing, and they do so through guitar amps. The Evens often challenge the confines of the venues that they play in. The Evens are quiet. The Evens don't sound like Fugazi, but sort of do. The Evens are playing at Nocturnal this Tuesday. The Evens are Ian MacKaye's new band. You are already there.