In the interest of promoting The Evil Usses and the band's honorable and clear attempts at avoiding convention, I'm recommending you give a listen to the single, "Gambino," which is an energized bit of art-prog replete with jazz accents and structural creativity, zero pretension and none of the staleness one may associate with what I would call a genuinely fun listen.
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The Evil Usses are a Psychedelic Jazz Rock band from Bristol, comprising of guitar, saxophone, bass and drums. They have been praised for their wild and energetic live shows and, since forming in 2013, have performed extensively across the UK, at Glastonbury, Supernormal and Green Man. They have also accompanied bands on Radio 6 and BBC Introducing, as well as sharing stages with bands such as Melt Yourself Down, Sons of Kemet, Selvhenter and Kikagaku Moyo.
Their eponymous debut album (2015) saw them working with Jim Barr (Portishead/Get the Blessing) and they have since finished their second LP, Amateur Pro Wrestling, which was produced by John Dieterich (Deerhoof) and engineered by Oscar Rowe in the band's home studio.
The choice of Dieterich as a producer for this album was motivated by the band's shared regard of his work with Deerhoof, Powerdove and Half Japanese. Moreover, his DIY approach seemed a perfect match to The Evil Usses' own way of working. The results show that with a bare minimum of recording equipment and a great deal of care and attention, a studio quality sound is achievable from a 1970's semi-detached bungalow in a suburban cul-de-sac.
The record is a true collaboration, with each member contributing equally to the writing process. Amateur Pro Wrestling is an album of mutual appreciation of sound as art, working with pastiche, subversion and humour, yet not without sincerity. It is the combined effort of artists who seek not to fit into prescribed boxes but rather to explore the indefinable gaps between genres.
Set for release in March 2017 on Bristol Indie label Stolen Body Records it will be available on limited edition transparent coloured vinyl, compact disc & cassette.
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