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Band Review: Evergreen

September 9, 2011

Review by Francesca Regan

Evergreen at The Grape Room

Just because I’m into the singer-songwriter scene doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a great rock band—so when my friend told me he was taking photos for a local band, I was happy to check out the gig. I’m glad I did, not only do I like supporting local/indie music, the band was worth the effort.

On September 7th, South Jersey based pop/rock band Evergreen stepped out with their new line-up at Manayunk’s The Grape Room.  Led by front man, Nick Forte, the band got its start in September 2009.  This band is one to keep your eye on as it becomes a force in the Philadelphia music scene.

Remember when pop/rockers were technically proficient, didn’t need auto-tune, and understood that all the parts of instrumentation and vocals actually have to work together? No? Well these guys do, and they seem to relish making intricate music, in their own words they want to “put musical competence back in pop/rock music with a focus on quality musicianship and simple, yet thought-provoking lyrics. Key changes, meter changes, unique chord progressions, wide vocal range and harmonies, and intelligent song writing.” Dave Grohl would be proud.

Keyboardist Gerry Corsi, front man Nicholas Forte, guitarist A.J. Mee.

This five-piece band sonically fits into the Audioslave aesthetic, striking the same emotive chord as stage mates The Ataris.  A cohesive fusion between pop and indie rock the hybridity of their album release, Here is Now, amplifies Evergreen’s ability to create lyrical texture and sound.

While they are singer/songwriters, they blessedly lack the whine of today’s run-of-the-mill independent acts. As pop/rock devotees they have eschewed the hook heavy songwriting of contemporaries. These guys actually tell a story and put it to a good music bed. So there’s no surprise that their influences are also great pop/rock storytellers: Oasis, Genesis, The Beatles, Jimmy Eat World, U2.

The album’s opener “We” is subtle and unfolds cathartic.  A tempered mix of vocals and instrumentation frame the core appeal of the song.  It is honest, lush, and memorable, much like lead vocalist Nick Forte’s diction. “We” effortlessly eases into the following track, “Life to Live”, with its almost instantaneous tempo and rushing sounds.  “Find Your Way” stands as a testament to earnest longings and the band’s prolific potential from start to end.

Evergreen is working on their follow-up to “Here is Now.”  Check out Evergreen’s MySpace page to hear more.

Evergreen's new lineup A.J. Mee (guitars & vocals), Sean Reiter (bass), Nicholas Forte (lead vocals & guitar), Gerry Corsi (keyboards & vocals), Ron Latham (drums)

Francesca Regan is a music aficionado with a mildly stalkerish appreciation for Matt Nathanson concerts. This is her first music review and contribution to Tilting at Windmills

7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 9, 2011 11:50 AM

    Well done, Francesa! A great debut column!

    • Ang permalink
      September 9, 2011 2:16 PM

      Very well written. Look forward to the next one.

  2. Martha permalink
    September 9, 2011 1:59 PM

    Beautifully written Francesca!

  3. Karen permalink
    September 9, 2011 7:15 PM

    Well done!

  4. Debbie permalink
    September 10, 2011 9:38 PM

    Great article! Great band!


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