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The Evens announce US tour

The Evens have announced a short run of US tour dates in the first half of August, seeing the band travel around the the northeast.

Check out the dates here.

The Evens released their third album, The Odds, last year via Dischord Records.

Quotes from Ian MacKaye’s Library of Congress talk

A few weeks ago we reported that The Evens guitarist / vocalist Ian MacKaye would be speaking at the Library of Congress in regards to digital archiving. MacKaye gave his lecture this past Tuesday, May 7, and (as expected) the Internet has already compiled some choice quotes from the Dischord Records co-founder’s speech.

We’ve put up our four favorite quotes below, but you can read the full collection of quotes here.

On the Role of Record Labels:
“Record labels sell plastic. That’s what they sell. They’re not evil, they’re not bad. I have a record label. The plastic they sell has become more attractive to you — or to the buyer — because of the information that has been infused into it. It’s essentially the same as the difference between having a baseball cap that’s blank, or having one that has the Washington Nationals ‘W’ on it. Why you would pay more for the Nationals one is because the hat maker — in theory, at least — is paid to have the rights to put this ‘W’ on the hat.”

On How the Internet Has Impacted the Record Industry:
“They enjoyed a hundred-year monopoly, and then the Internet came along and screwed things up for them. But they’re still trying to figure out how to erect the tollbooths. And they’ll do it, because they’ve got Congress on their side. It’s just for those of us who don’t want to engage in that to figure out how to get around their silly tollbooths.”

On File Sharing:
“Every song I ever wrote, I wrote to be heard. So, if I was given a choice that 50 years from now I could either have a dollar or knowing that some kid was listening to my song, I’d go with the kid listening to my song.”

On the Definition of Punk:
“People ask me: ‘What is punk? How do you define punk?’ Here’s how I define punk: It’s a free space. It could be called jazz. It could be called hip-hop. It could be called blues, or rock, or beat. It could be called techno. It’s just a new idea. For me, it was punk rock. That was my entrance to this idea of the new ideas being able to be presented in an environment that wasn’t being dictated by a profit motive.”

Ian MacKaye to Speak at the Library of Congress

The highly influential Ian MacKaye is scheduled to speak at the Library of Congress regarding personal digital archiving and the need to educate creators and users in ways to steward our digital cultural heritage.

MacKaye is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 6 p.m. in the Mumford Room of the James Madison Memorial Building, located at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event, sponsored by the Library’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

More information on the event can be found here.

MacKaye might be best known for his tenure as the vocalist of Minor Threat and vocalist/guitarist of Fugazi, as well as being the co-founder of longtime DIY label Dischord Records. In November 2012 he and Amy Farina released The Odds, their third album under the moniker The Evens.

Album Review: The Evens – “The Odds”

Six years. That’s how long it’s been since The Evens released their last album, Get Evens. On the surface, the songs on the band’s third album, The Odds, don’t sound too far off from the songs on the first two albums. Sweet melodies, laid-back tempos set by both the drums and baritone guitars, and soft singing provided by both Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina. But when you really dig in to the core of the songs, there are a lot of structural and compositional differences. The Odds finds The Evens experimenting with new sounds, darker tones, and just general loudness. Not that this is a heavy-hitting album in the vein of Minor Threat, but both Ian and Amy raise their voices more on The Odds than they ever did before.

During several moments on the album, there are tracks that play almost like stripped down Fugazi tunes. The guitar playing is intricate, and the two vocalists trade off between each other between verses and chorus, not unlike the way MacKaye would do with Guy Picciotto in Fugazi. Even with that factored in, there’s never a moment when it feels like you could be listening to Steady Diet of Nothing instead of this album; it’s just The Evens finding a way to expand their sound while still staying stripped down to their two person line up. Among the best of these tracks are “Wanted Criminals”, “Warble Factor”, and the instrumental “Wonder Why”.

The band keeps with their slower, more mellow sound that they’ve established with their first two albums as well. “I Do Myself” and “Competing with the Till” are more in line with their usual fare, although the latter incorporates the usage of jarring sounds (with what sounds like a horn of some sort), giving it weird, almost experimental jazz feel- a very common Dischord Records touch.

Perhaps it’s just the six year gap between albums and a hazy memory, but Farina’s vocals on The Odds far exceeds her previous performances. Her vocals have become incredibly powerful and when she takes the lead (such as on “Warble Factor”, and “Broken Finger”), the strength of her voice is awe-inspiring.

Compared to the new Bad Brains album, Into the Future, and its desire to hold on to the past, it’s an interesting look as to how differently 80’s hardcore icons have grown up. While the music on The Odds is clearly still rooted in the established sound of 2005’s The Evens, and 2006’s Get Evens, Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina have branched out and tried new things, and the end result is an album that utilizes elements that are almost the opposite of what the band has done before. The Odds is by far the most appropriate title for this album: it’s still The Evens at the core, but almost the opposite of what they’re known for.


Punk Rock Trivia: Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina drop a vowel movement

Every once in a while the punk rock geniuses here at Dying Scene like to unleash some punk rock trivia to enlighten and enhance the minds of you, the readers. Today’s trivia is about former Minor Threat and Fugazi (among others) front-man Ian MacKaye, and is brought to you by the letter “E.”

In 2001, Ian MacKaye formed a new band with his partner Amy Farina (of the Warmers) called the Evens. As Fugazi entered their hiatus, MacKaye had more time to focus on the post-post-hardcore band, and the band recorded a music video for their original composition “Vowel Movement” to air on the DC-based online children’s program, Pancake Mountain. The song is notable for not only being an upbeat Sesame Street-esque children’s song, but also for being the first (and in all likeliness, the only) time Ian MacKaye had ever recorded a music video for one of his songs.

You can watch the music video for “Vowel Movement” right here.

The Evens put out a two song single, appropriately titled “2 Songs”, in 2011 on Dischord Records.