June 2012 brought with it the debut album from Australia based post rockers, Eversham. The collaborative effort of two multi- instrumentalist brothers Joel Eversham (guitars and piano), Joshua Eversham, (bass guitar, piano and percusion) and their cousin Mitchell (drums)
Eversham are an excellent addition to a genre fraught with self indulgence and mediocrity. After a fruitless search fora singer in pre 2011, they entered the scene with instrumental EP, In Dreams, showing us that by no stretch of the imagination do singers make bands. And now with the release of an impressive self titled EP, it becomes evident Australia, and indeed the rest of the world, can expect great things from this experimental trio.
This album creates a subdued landscape of dark, moody riffs, subtly subversive drum patterns and a mandolinesque style of guitar playing which is deliciously seductive to any lover of music. The opening track, 'Barricade' creates an atmospheric dreaminess with its progressively lethargic feel. It quickly becomes evident that Eversham's ability to weave several seemingly simple rhythmic patterns into a tapestry of evocative sound is one of their main strengths. The two brothers display a mature knowledge of chord construction in the heavily Sigur Ros influenced track, 'Symmetry' and the wonderful 'The Absolute', showcasing a wonderfully passionate display of emotion. I can't help but feel that the addition of a singer would only hold them back or at least curb their individuality.
The aptly entitled 'Melancholia' is an impressive centre piece. Its deeply ingrained inner turmoil is frankly a moving vista of deluge and sorrow, scoria and loss. But the highight of this already impressive piece of work is by far the bluesy 'Spiritual Resolution'. Strangely epic, Mitchell comes into his own with this fusion of ballsy groove and hard hitting riffs.
Eversham is a spectacular step into the music industry. As I've said before they're an impressive experimental trio. They toe the line between post/old school/alternative rock with a gracious ease and the chemistry in their music is palpable. I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I did.
3. Of Southern Skies
4. Trees Don't Grow in Old Dead Countries
6. Immortal Lies in Mortal Bodies
7. Spiritual Revolution
8. The Absolute