The Young Evils are Troy Nelson (guitar/vocals) Mackenzie Mercer (vocals Cody Hurd (guitar), Michael Lee (bass) and Eric Wennberg (drums). The Seattle pop rock outfit is pleased to announce their first single "Dead Animals" and upcoming EP entitled Foreign Spells recorded in Seattle with producer Shane Stoneback (Cults, Vampire Weekend, Magic Kids, and Sleigh Bells).
Teaming up with Stoneback on this EP, The Young Evils discovered an evolved and potent new sound with this collection of songs. The alluring boy-girl harmonies remain but have taken a darker turn down pop's corridor, combining '60s doo-wop melodies with a bombastic rhythm section and noisy guitars. Gone are the cheery acoustic strummings of Foreign Spells' predecessor, 2010's acclaimed debut Enchanted Chapel. Songwriter Nelson and the band instead opted to focus on creating a sinister pop framework to underscore the talents of Nelson's better half, starlet Mackenzie Mercer.
The band will be embarking on a West Coast tour this summer and playing Bumbershoot in September. Here are the dates:
07/01 Northwest Love Festival, Seattle, WA
07/06 Caffe Mela, Wenatchee, WA
07/10 Easy Street Records (In-store), Seattle, WA
07/13 Barboza (Record Release), Seattle, WA
07/26 Hotel Café, Los Angeles, CA
07/27 The Griffin, San Diego, CA
07/29 Hotel Utah Saloon, San Francisco
07/31 Portland, Doug Fir Lounge
08/08 KEXP Mural Show*
09/02 Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA
* w/ We are Augustines