You can never go wrong with straight up Rock N’ Roll. Inspired by Rock giants like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and Queens of the Stone age, the Southern California 3-piece, Them Evils, set out to pay tribute but to carve out their own unique sound. With great success, their twist on Classic Rock has garnered the attention of Zakk Wylde, Alter Bridge, and many more. Busy jumping on tours, playing festivals, and getting to work on their debut album, we caught up with bassist Jake Massanari to hear more about Them Evils.
We’ve got Jordan on vocals and guitar, Jake on bass, and David on drums. How did Them Evils come to be? “Jordan and I actually grew up on the same street in Las Vegas together. We’ve known each other for years, and about 7 years or so ago we decided to start a band. We realized early on that we wanted to take the music we’d been making together to the next level, so we dropped everything and moved out to California. After a series of sketchy Craigslist drummers, we finally met David through a mutual friend, and it’s been the three of us ever since!”
For those who aren’t familiar – how would you describe Them Evils sound? Which song would you tell them to check out first? “We like to call it ‘Classic Rock with a Modern Roll’ haha! We draw influence from a lot of different things, but we feel we’ve done a pretty solid job of putting a modern twist on the classic rock sound that we draw the majority of our influence from! I would definitely recommend checking out our song ‘Got Me Rockin’ which has a pretty ridiculous music video to go along with it. It’s a pretty accurate representation of what we’re like as a band.”
You were in the studio this Spring working on your debut record…can you tell us when we can expect to hear some new releases? “We’re still putting the finishing touches on some things, and making sure that everything’s done right, and executed correctly. It’s our debut record, so as quickly as we’d like to put out new music, we also don’t want to rush anything. That being said, we’re hoping to have something to release by the end of the year!”
It’s safe to say that hard work pays off. You recently signed with Better Noise Records. What’s that been like? “Absolutely! What we’ve had to go through as a band to get to this point definitely shows that hard work pays off. We could write a whole damn book about all the things we’ve had to deal with the past couple of years, haha! Better Noise has been a great home for us so far, and we’re stoked on the support they’ve shown us! They really believe in us, and what we’re creating and trying to accomplish, which is a really comforting thing to have. It’s also pretty cool to say that we’re essentially label mates with Mötley Crüe.”
From your own tour stops to traveling with other bands to festivals, what’s your most memorable tour story so far? “There are so many to choose from over the past few years of touring…some PG, and some that might be a little too graphic to share. Honestly one of the coolest moments for me was at Welcome To Rockville festival in Jacksonville, FL last year. We were hanging out backstage after our set and ran into Dave Grohl and Josh Homme from QOTSA, and after talking to Josh for a bit he personally invited us to come watch him play side stage. Which was kind of mind blowing. Later on, I ended up watching Foo Fighters side stage with Billy Idol standing directly next to me, and got to see John Travolta come out and sing a song from Grease with them. That was one of those days where I couldn’t believe our music had brought us to that point.”
What can someone expect from a Them Evils Show? “Lots and lots of energy, and most likely lots of beer. We’re all about creating a fun atmosphere at our shows. We aspire to be the band that if someone has a bad day, they want to come to a Them Evils show to cheer themselves up. I feel like we’ve done a pretty good job at accomplishing that so far. Fans are ours for that 30-45 minutes we’re on stage, and we do everything we can to make sure it’s as memorable as possible for them.”
Which artists are you excited to see at Exit 111? “Man, where to start. The lineup for Exit 111 is honestly one of the best festival lineups I’ve ever seen, and we’re so psyched and thankful to be apart of it. Obviously Guns N’ Roses, ZZ Top, Skynyrd, Slayer, all the heavy hitters. But Plague Vendor is one of my favorite bands, and they always put on such a killer show. Power Trip, Graveyard, Tyler Bryant, Lamb of God, Gojira are all must sees as well. I’m gonna have to improve my time management skills in order to see everyone I want to see.”
Anything else you want to share? “Stay up to date with all our social media pages (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) cause that’s a thing. Head over to ‘ThemEvils.com’ for merchandise, tour dates and all that jazz. And be on the lookout for new music, sooner rather than later! And Just wanted to thank everyone for the support they’ve shown us over the years, even the haters. Cause even if you’re out there talkin’ shit you’re still spreading the word. Them Evils 2020 baby, we comin’ for you!”
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