Evolove – We are the Warriors
Final Rating: 8/10 Stars
Evolove is an American rock band that formed in Los Angeles, CA. The band’s current members are Lucy Levinsohn (lead vocals), Billy Berman (bass), Dave Corsile (guitar), Colby Jensen (guitar) and Andrew Carrol (drums). Built on love, Evolove was the brainchild of Levinsohn and Berman in 2009 who performed previously together for years in other music collaborations.
You can tell by listening to real rock music by the impression it makes on the world and by the footprint it leaves behind. Sometimes it can come out in a passionate vocal line, a social movement, or a song that is sung with emotional bewilderment. The new album called “We are the Warriors” by Los Angeles rock band Evolove is a non-stop presentation of all-out rock as described above. Making use of every rock trick in the book, it’s hard not to find something you’ll like on this 12 track collection. Provided you have a reasonable tolerance for the nitty gritty genre these 4 core members: Lucy Levinsohn (vocals), Billy Berman (bass), Dave C (Guitar), Colby Jensen (Guitar), Andrew Carroll (Drums) deliver stand up rock tracks with full throttle guitar action and flowing vocals that will remind you of a cross between Evanescence and We are the Fallen.
The first 3 tracks “All for Something”, “Do or Die” and “Warriors” get the party started right full of hard hitting power chords and riffs that really keep the essence of the music loud and reckless. Sometimes you don`t need too much to create something high quality and powerful. I’ve often heard the term “Keep it Simple Stupid”. Keeping this in mind there’s no over the top musical theatrics here besides the grinding guitar attack, deep drums, and meandering, well timed vocal deliveries. My ears pricked up to the vocal style right away. Probably not the most common tongue and cheek stringing style but when sung in the right manner it can become almost intoxicating. Add in mysterious lyrics and some dangerous subject matter expressed with eloquently, emotion and conviction and a loud guitar and you will come to understand why Levinsohn and the gang were recently added to Spectra Records. The vocal style from Levinsohn defiantly flows like a ship lost at sea very much like a female version of Perry Ferrel (Jane’s Addiction) but with a vocal timbre in the vein of Courtney Love. I’ve only heard a handful of singer execute this style well – and Levinsohn is no exception. As a vocalist she is quite polarizing.
Lyrics have an emotional impact and these two writes music like they’ve seen it all. All songs have messages worthy of your attention but you listen more than once to pick up on it. A loud yet creative album, there are parts that seem to be perfect and sudden. The mission here is: show something imperfect turn into something unique. “Never Let You fall” and “Arrows Against Guns” are 2 more standout tracks with musical psychedelics and a distinctive voice for the masses to consume. Most songs are about themes of fear, love, death, transformation, resurrection, fear, life and fear of the unknown. Swaying between hard rock, and at times a live bar band sound these 5 kick out the jams with things move worryingly close to Hard Rock but never cross the line into that territory. The mix presents low and moody frequencies adding a huge helping of guitar/snare/kick/and vocals in the forefront. Musical flavor reminiscent of many bands in the late 90’s hard rock movement.
Evolove has all the explosive components necessary for a popular rock album. As a result “We are the Warriors” delivers! They no doubt has a solid live presentation – a big component necessary to be a popular rock act. All of above make them stand out in their own terms of musical rebelliousness, power and marketability.
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– Ken Hoover