Evil Reviews

Here are links to some reviews / articals on Evil Uncle. The full articals appear below to save you from the strain of clicking. I'm well nice I am.....

Scruff Daddy Review of Songs for the Road 
"....Lets hope the thinking man sees the good in Evil uncle that I do, and who knows with five or six more clever tracks he could have the makings of a modern day classic."

Drop-D Review of Songs for the Road
"....interesting lyrics with some beautiful melodies and strong vocals. Evil Uncle ticks all the right boxes" (8/10)

Alternative Irish Music Review of Songs for the Road
"....surely one of the most creative Irish EP's released this year."

Bull Black Nova Blog Review of Songs for the Road
"The best thing I've found in weeks."

Barry Gruff Review of Songs for the Road
"...interesting lyrics, beautiful melodies, strong vocals (a la Simple Kid/Ray Davies) and some serious melancholy."

GoldenPlec.com Review of Songs for the Road
"the influence of Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy can also be felt on this, the undoubted highlight of Songs For the Road" (Spider Song)

Elbo Magazine Review of Song for the Road
"...if this is a taste of things to come we’re in for a treat."

RTE 2XM's Sweet Oblivion Loves Artical on Evil Uncle
Galway Advertiser Artical on Evil Uncle
2 U I Bestow Blog Artical on Songs for the Road

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Scruff Daddy Review of Songs for the Road

Evil Uncle – Songs for the Road – EP Review
Words: Liam Leavy
Illustration: Kie Carew

Evil Uncle's “Songs for the Road” was launched at Electric Picnic – revellers found copies attached to their car win shields as part of a guerrilla album distribution. An old-skool publicity technique from a bygone era with the Zeitgeist being Internet “memes”, viral marketing and what not. An interesting technique if unoriginal in an era where face to face seems to be a dying.

In fact I wonder sometimes if music itself is finished or if indeed this is just a misanthropic outlook which every generation experiences when feeling that the new wave of music just sounds like utter nonsense. I often wondered what my father thought when he heard Larry Gogan playing “New Rose” on the radio for the first time in 76 let alone “Voodoo Ray” in 88. I imagine that was the day he decided it was time to start going to mass again.

Musical archetypes are ever so popular with the hipsters these days, Animal, Collective, Gorillaz etc; these being the vehicle mediums for transmission and I guess they give the artist more scope and less chance of being typecast or running out of ideas within this realm.

Having said that maybe this isn't an entirely post modern concept at all. In many ways the notion of an image or concept projected by a Svengali in popular music – remember Milli Vanilli (let us never forget Rob Pilatus) and the (s)hit factory that was Stock, Aitken an the other cunt, Of course there are some triumphs in this medium Motown being the obvious one with artists backed by a plethora of gifted session musicians playing on some of pops more tracks.

So the archetype-artist is a grey area and hence a whole album can be hard to offer critique. Evil Uncle is a multi-instrumentalist. He would need more hands than “Timmy the Spider”(topical joke) to pull off most of this stuff live, unless of course his keyboard has a really good “demo” mode setting(not that shit “La Bamba” one that my cousin's one had). Here's the low-down on the EPs 5 tracks:

Gardening
"Its a neeeew daaaaawwwn iiiits, a neeeew Daaaa”ay." Nina Simone's timeless proclamation immediately comes to mind as I hear the intros shimmering acoustic guitar and gossamer string, Alan Price organising (see Taxi Driver) intro which assimilates to the eerie, bushwhacky timbre of this, gospel-soul sounding opening track on Evil Uncle's debut EP.
When this man sings.... (I presume he's a man. I use to think Nina Simone was a man when I first heard “Feeling Good”. sic [She wasn't a man, far from it, in fact I think she really hated men most of the time particularly white men. Then again I don’t really much like white men much either] .... when this man sings, he sounds every bit the Evil Uncle as his moniker would suggest. “I know you like Madonna, I heard your father call ya, and now its getting cold, too cold to go back home” cries the stalker, sang with all the conviction and liquor-laden-blue-eyed-soul of Eric Burdon, Joe Cocker and Bono, before he became a triumphant, AIDS hating cunt.

Timmy The Spider
Then his voice changes from baroque crooner to nasal-teary eyed sadness, for poor young Timmy the Spider. The protagonists analogy for staying in on a Saturday night with a spider adheres to mental delusional breakdown and bi-polarity. Perhaps Evil Uncle is threading a new groove in the wheel in medium that is in dire need of rejuvenation.
I think there isn't too many pop artists that have captured maniacal nonsense in song, par exception Syd Barret (possibly not deliberately) Scott Walker (absolutely deliberate) and the juvenile sentiment of the lyrics seems to reflect the narrators experience. Perhaps through Timmy the healing progress begins. But what does Timmy have? Who can Timmy reflect his mental disturbances to? Well at least he has this song to listen.

The Eno-synth-tremolo melancholy of the songs bridges is very very real and genuinely refreshing, kudos to for “demo mode” drummer, it just goes to show you don't need Mitch Mitchell. I am now getting an insight as to how he's been getting through live shows. Evil finds the right balance of quirkiness and substance on here, and throughout the EP the production is never superfluous. Maybe being a skint artist starting out doesn't allow for much scope but it doesn't need to be if the raw material is there....unlike some Irish bands today. You know who you are my friends.

Something for Nothing
Centred on a brilliant jarring-plodding guitar hook that is a nod to the Ray Davis, Sunny-Afternoon. Its the kind of hook that sounds like you happen upon by pure luck, the kind of hook when you hear it you feel infuriated that you didn't think of it first. Think Suzanne Vega - Tom's Dinner (dood daa deda, doo daa deda, do de dedup doda deda) - Flaming Lips -Ya Ya song(ya ya ya ya ya ya, yaa ya ya ya - Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood I ain't happy. I'm feeling glad.. I got sunshine in a bag. Uncle rhymes off as many throwaways that can be fitted in a 2 minute pop song which, although may be seem instantly forgettable, will be in your head for the rest of your day, year, life.

Junkies Killed My Baby
Musically shades of Brit-pop Godfathers Suede, in fact the die hard amongst you may recognize the chord progression (not one of Butlers) sang with all the heroin addled soulfulness of one man who you can be sure that saw his fair share of talking spiders and dead babies, the androgynous Brett Anderson. “Junkies killed my baby sometimes I wish I was her in the ground” he pines, the same way Bono conjured up at the end of “Who’s going.... Wild Horses” achieved in the resolving E major chord. What could have been, in Evil Uncle's its necrophilia pining “I wish I were with her right now … deep in the ground”.

Sunny Day In Space
This time its a quasi-Flaming Lips take on the Doobie Brothers “Listen To The Music” (the unofficial national anthem of sunny days back here on earth). A groovy guitar riff locked with a four to the floor drum beat that feels like a Singapore Airline ascent to the next galaxy. This is feel good music.
In short, Evil owes more to, baroque pop (think Neil Hannon / Divine comedy), that in turn owes more to British pop than Brit-pop, often quirky, idiosyncratic pop songs as opposed to the Status Quo / Slade / T-Rex power-chords, stodgy glam riffolo and sugar-coated optimism that was Brit-pop. Ironically the genre forbearer's Suede had more in common with British pop than the scene that got lumped on them by the NME British press shit factory. The thinking man saw through this the same way he saw through all the Wonderwalls and Masterplans. Lets hope the thinking man sees the good in Evil uncle that I do, and who knows with five or six more clever tracks he could have the makings of a modern day classic.

Download it: www.eviluncle.eu

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Drop-D Review of Songs for the Road
by Gwen Langford

Released in anticipation of an album release in November Songs for the Road from Evil Uncle is a five track EP which does indeed whet the appetite of the listener for what is to come. The songs will appeal to those who like singer/songwriters and who appreciate interesting lyrics with some beautiful melodies and strong vocals. Evil Uncle ticks all the right boxes in these areas.

Describing evil as the new good on his website and stating he is a little bit different to other human beings is as close as you will get to discover the identity of Evil Uncle! However hidden identity does not disguise or take away from what is essentially a very good record in the main. He states on his website that he sometimes plays with his band The Intangibles but sometimes doesn’t so it is unclear of any other input into the EP.

There are various themes throughout the five songs including love, the economy and spiders! It is evident from the first track on the EP, Gardening that Evil Uncle has a talent for songwriting and indeed has a talent for writing good melodies. It is a very misleading song title as when one listens to the song in full it is actually a song about a man spying through the window of the girl he loves from up a tree in her garden. He laments that the whole purpose is pointless as it doesn’t bring him any closer to her. He could be described as a creep but also as desperate in love and the song ends with him leaving for home and no happier for his efforts and probably more despondent than when he first arrived to look at her.

Something for Nothing has a great story about people wanting freebies all the time and great musical buildups in places. However after only a couple of listens the chorus where he repeats the line something for nothing really grates on the nerves and I find myself reaching for the skip button. This leads to a haunting song Junkies Killed My Baby which describes how he lost his lover to drugs and laments how things could have being different had this not happened.

The forth song is possibly the most intriguing song on the EP. Originally titled Timmy but now called The Spider Song it is an interesting song about the singer lying on his bed on a Saturday night writing a song about a spider called Timmy who lives in a web in his room. Although he is describing Timmy’s life he could just as easily be describing his own life. This song has a beautiful melody where the music and the lyrics mould into one and flow perfectly along. There is an interesting line in the song, “Hey Timmy you’re so fine, yeah you’re so fine you blow my mind”, where if one changed the name it could very easily be taken from the song Mickey sung by Toni Basel in the ’80's. I’m sure there is a reason for the inclusion of this line, however that reason is lost on me!

The final song on the EP is Sunny Day in Space which although it has a nice melody the lyrics are somewhat confusing and it is the song I least connected with on the EP even after numerous listens.

Evil Uncle decided that he would make the EP available for free in the hope that by giving this away for free it would entice the listeners to buy any subsequent releases. With the help of some volunteers 5000 copies were placed on the windscreens of the cars of revellers at The Electric Picnic. There are another 2000 floating around somewhere in the cities of Galway, Cork and Dublin just waiting to be found. The EP can also be downloaded free of charge for a limited time from here

Evil Uncle

Drop-d Rating: 8/10
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Alternative Irish Music Review of Songs for the Road

Evil Uncle: Songs For The Road EP

As soggy motorists trudged back to the Electric Picnic car park five thousand of them found a surprise underneath their window wipers. The latest EP from Galway singer/songwriter Evil Uncle. The aptly titled Songs For The Road had been lovingly nestled overnight by a craic team of Evil Brothers and Sisters.

Evil Uncle opens this EP with his tongue firmly in his cheek for opening track Gardening. Behind a slightly overdriven arpeggio guitar line the bass plays the melody from Nina Simone's Feeling Good.

Gardening is not a feel good song however as the listener soon discovers, its a meticulous blow by blow account of a peeping toms night up a tree and some may say that the lyrics are a little too knowing not to be true. A choir sample you might expect to find in a Sisters of Mercy song weaves in and out as the voyeur recants his experience "I thought of creeping forward And write my name on my breath on your window" being one of the more choice lyrics. The deadpan spoken-word style vocal delivery makes this song ever the more weird and witty. With Its "My Peek At You" chorus the voyeur realises the futility of his actions "And what's it for now darling. All this creeping in your front garden. It doesn't get me close to you It's true"

The shortest song on the EP Something for Nothing is fast paced with several tempo and key changes reminiscent in a way of Fuzzy Logic era Super Furry Animals. The lyrics are once again full of take it or leave it dry Wit. The vocal harmonies and one note stabbing piano lines work really well throughout the song, helping it build at the right moments. I'm not sure if its ironic or just another in-joke, that a song called Something For Nothing is on a free CD.

Junkies Killed My Babies is the most standard formatted song on the EP ie verse chorus guitar solo etc The originality is all in the narrative about a bereaved man struggling at the loss of his girlfriend to drugs and what may or may not be his personal struggle to get clean, thoughts of suicide, remorse, and what will never be..

Spider Song See's Evil Uncle spin another unusual narrative for whats at first glance is a song about a "Timmy the Spider" is actually a song about being stuck in on a Saturday night looking desperately for entertainment in every corner of the house. In this song Evil Uncle asks the big question that has divided Veterinarians and Pet Detectives the world over. Does Timmy Have a Soul? The EU fails to answer this question but leaves us with the refrain "Hey Timmy you’re so fine, yeah you’re so fine you blow my mind" the influence of Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy can also be felt on this the undoubted highlight of Songs For the Road.

Songs For The Road concludes with Sunny Day in Space a jaunty alt country number the influence of Gruff Rhys returns the song is also influenced by Tim Buckley As well as a sing along chorus, this song contains some vivid stream of consciousness lyrics "Sausage rolls and landing lights, Foggy breath wire fence shopping feet and mountain side, And the postman’s pocket book is dripping ink all over his bike, Head down, lucky dip, eyes closed ice cold eyes"

The EP flounders where several of the songs contain false starts and noodling endings giving the EP a DIY feel rather than serious studio sheen Songs for the Road is buy no means perfect but its surely one of the most creative Irish EP's released this year.

Posted by Alternative Irish Music Review

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Bull Black Nova Blog Review of Songs for the Road

Evil Uncle is an Irish musician who only came to my attention this morning via the excellent http://sweetoblivionloves.com/. The man himself has sprung to the attention of many bloggers due to his guerrilla EP distribution plan - basically he is just leaving the 7000 or so copies of the EP in various locations around the country for people to discover. This included 5000 under the wipers of car windows at Electric Picnic.

It would be a lovely present to find anywhere and I'm hoping anyone who is lucky enough to come across one takes the time to enjoy what is a very self-assured debut work. It comes across with the swagger and sting of Nick Cave, the Mighty Stef, etc., while he namechecks Grandaddy, Wilco and Pulp as influences himself. You can hear each on show on the EP. As he's such a nice guy, the whole thing is available for free download from his website (http://www.eviluncle.eu/fr_hi.cfm) but only for a limited time so don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity. There is also details of a handful of live shows around the country in November. The best thing I've found in weeks...
Evil Uncle: Timmy (The Siloette Sessions, 2010)

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Elbo Magazine Review of Song for the Road


Evil Unkle – ‘Songs For The Road’

Galway musician Evil Uncle has released a new EP Songs for the Road. In a novel move sure to endear him to many a cash strapped music fans the price has been set at rather reasonable €0.00. The release coincided with an intriguing guerilla distribution campaign, 5,000 copies been left on cars down at Electric Picnic with a further 2,000 copies left in random places around Dublin, Cork and Galway.

“We were going through the process of getting the EP into record stores and trying to decide a price and I just decided, fuck it, why not just give it away? There’s a recession going on and the people must have music. Besides, every drug dealer worth
his salt knows that you give the first hit away for free….”.

It’s a rather curious mix of influences and styles all wrapped up in a DIY box with interesting lyrics, beautiful melodies, strong vocals (al a Simple Kid/Ray Davies) and some serious melancholy.

A Debut album is nearing completion and nationwide tour is pencilled in for November, if this is a taste of things to come we’re in for a treat.

Here’s two reasons to grab Songs For The Road for free now from www.eviluncle.eu

Evil Uncle – Timmy

Evil Uncle – Something For Nothing

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RTE 2XM's Sweet Oblivion Loves Blog on Evil Uncle

Evil Uncle plots secret guerilla campaign

10 Sep

Want to get your music out to the masses? Well, why not take a leaf out of Evil Uncle‘s book and stick 5,000 copies under the windscreen wipers of cars at Electric Picnic?

When Evil Uncle released a new EP Songs for the Road on September 6th, he decided to take an unusual route in getting the music listened to. After pressing 7,000 copies, he decided to deposit them in selected and strange places throughout the country using the skills of the Evil Uncle Guerilla Distribution Army.

“We were going through the process of getting the EP into record stores and trying to decide a price and I just decided, fuck it, why not just give it away? There’s a recession going on and the people must have music. Besides, every drug dealer worth his salt knows that you give the first hit away for free…. Also I like the whole Alice in Wonderland type thing of people finding the EP on bus seats or in toilet cubicles and curiously playing it when they get home,” says the mysterious Evil Uncle.

Evil Uncle cites his influences as Grandaddy, Led Zeppelin, Pulp and Wilco – check out his music here. If you missed out on the free cds, Songs for the Road is available for free download from his website.


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