Interview: Evie Evil of Evil Beaver

posted May 15, 2006

by Corinne

Evie Evil of Evil BeaverHow are you?

I'm great! Thanks.

Care to introduce yourself?

My name is Evie Evil. I am the singer/bassist for experimental rock duo Evil Beaver.

How did you get involved with playing music?

Ever since I first hear the sound of a bass, I became interested. My mother had always encouraging me to learn to play an instrument. The bass was an obvious choice for me.

Evil Beaver drummer Gene Trautmann is probably best known for his time in the Queens of the Stone Age. How did you and Gene Trautmann meet?

We have a mutual friend who highly recommended Gene to me. At the time I was familiar with much of his work for various other bands, and was blown away by his talent.

I called Gene the next day. I introduced myself, and told him that I would love to play for him. We set up a time to meet at his rehearsal studio in downtown Los Angeles. I played for him, he dug it, and we have been writing songs, touring and playing music together for close to a year now.

How do you and Gene collaborate on the music? With you splitting time between Chicago and Los Angeles, it seems like it could be a difficult process.

Gene also plays in another band called Eagles of Death Metal. He is often touring with them. I am usually home in Chicago with my family when he is on tour with them.

The rest of my time is spent on the road on tour with Evil Beaver or in Los Angles writing and recording with Gene.

The new E.P. "Models of Virtue" really wets the appetite with a hard rock sound that borders between gritty and melodic, including a really original sounding cover of "I Wanna Be Your Dog". How would you describe the E.P.? Did it come out as you hoped?

Just how you described it is great! "Models of Virtue" has great musical dynamics, using only bass and drums to create the sound of a "full band". It is an analog recording, which is rare these days. It's raw and pure, a musical description of what we are doing at this moment. I picture of where we are at this point in time.

Will another E.P. or album follow up "Models of Virtue"?

Yes! Our next E.P. is titled, " In the Spirit of Resilient Optimism". We are recording it this June. It will be recorded in the same all analog studio in Los Angeles that we recorded the, "Models of Virtue" in.

The studio is called New Monkey. It is amazing. It belonged to Elliot Smith. He collected a lot of great amplifiers, microphones, and recording equipment. It is my favorite studio in Los Angeles to record in.

Evil Beaver is, essentially, a bass and drums outfit. Why did you make that choice? Were you unable to find a guitar player or do you prefer keeping things in the rhythm section?

I have never felt that what we do would work as well with a guitar player involved. It just seems like it would be over kill because the bass has such a full sound. However, I am always on the look out for a killer D.J.

What can music fans expect from your upcoming live dates?

There are a lot interesting details to see when we perform live that you can't experience by just listening to our CD. When we play live we like to leave people with something to remember about the performance. Expect talent musicians that know their instruments. A lot of love between us on stage.

Name an underrate band you think deserves more attention.

I can name several...Jucifer, The Lawrence Arms, Shellac, 400 Blows, Millionaire, just to name a few.

What have you been listening to recently?

I have been listening to, Eagles of Death Metal, Kyuss, The Desert Sessions, Peaches, Pretenders, Polly Jean Harvey, Motown Classics, Gypsy Music, Helicopters, The Streets, Motorhead, Star Hill Academy, Biblical Proof of UFO's, George Clinton w/ Parliament, Millionaire, and some old tapes of my Grandfather singing Gregorian chants.

If you could have written any song, what song do you wish you had written and why?

"Take me out to the ball game." People love to sing that song. It is very American and puts a smile on everybody's face.

Anything you'd like to add?

Thank you for your time! We look forward to performing near you soon. You can find us (tour dates) on the web @ www.EvilBeaver.us for show dates, etc.