LOS ANGELES, June 2, 2014 — Evil Beaver is a punk band consisting of a bass player who sings and a drummer. Hailing from the Wicker Park area of Chicago, Evil Beaver formed in 1998 becoming the first bass player/vocalist and drum only punk band. The band is the brainchild of bass player and vocalist, Evie Evil. Wells On Music recently caught up with Evie Evil regarding her band Evil Beaver.
Kevin Wells: Was bass your first instrument?
Evie Evil: Bass, yes, was my first. I started at 17.
KW: What made you want to start playing an instrument?
EE: I wanted to be in a band and I loved the sound of the bass.
KW: What bass players inspire you?
EE: Lemmy, big time.
KW: What bands got you into punk rock?
EE: UK Subs, Motörhead, Nina Hagen, Runaways, Joan Jett, Ramones, Go-Go’s, Black Flag, Bad Brains, L7 (though they kinda got lumped into alternative after Nirvana, but early L7), early Green Day even. But a lot of small bands too like The Traitors, Naked Raygun, Big Black, Rights of the Accused, The Effigies, DA!, The Beernuts. I am from Chicago pretty much all the local Chicago punk bands.
KW: Were you in other bands prior to Evil Beaver?
EE: None, I have only been in Evil Beaver. I was also a fill in bassist for loads of bands, but only in Evil Beaver prior to Evil Beaver.
KW: How did Evil Beaver form?
EE: I just started playing and had a drummer friend who was in the Chicago punk scene. She got us our first gigs and it blew up from there.
KW: What made you want to just have bass and drums?
EE: Looked for a guitar player and no luck. The sound was developed without guitar.
KW: Some of your songs sound like there could be some guitar in there, but it is all just bass on the recordings?
EE: All just bass. But that is the idea, to sound full like it has guitars.
KW: There are two other bands I think of when I think of Evil Beaver. Big Business because when I first saw them live it was just drums and bass and it blew me away. And then Barb Wire Dolls because they just had guitar and drums when I first saw them live. Both bands have since added a guitar and bass, respectively. Do you ever envision adding a guitar to Evil Beaver?
EE: No, we will not. In my opinion that would be a whole other band if we add guitar so, no.
KW: How many drummers have you gone through?
EE: I don’t go through drummers [laughs], but several drummer have performed with me. People/drummers have lives and they play in other bands. Many have left the band, others can’t tour, others are interested in only recording, others move, some got injuries, some retire, some get married, etc. Evil Beaver is basically my artistic vehicle supported by drums. The songs are recorded and then a touring drummer will come with me on the road. Often times in the past and present I am playing drums on the recordings, sometimes I hire a drummer to play my drum parts. There is no set formula for Evil Beaver. I just get the job done whatever is needed at the time.
KW: Evil Beaver seems to always be playing somewhere. What kind of touring will you be doing for the rest of 2014?
EE: We just wrapped UK and European festivals, Russia and Australia and a handful of U.S.A. dates. Now we finish the U.S.A. Tour June 5th – August 10th and off again abroad. Discussing Japan, Taiwan and Indonesia for November and back to Russia probably in January to support the Bondage Fairies from Sweden. Yes, we are constantly on tour now and recording between tours.
KW: Have you ever played solo shows? Just you and a bass?
EE: Yes, I have and I do often perform solo as Evie Evil.
KW: Is there anything you would like people to know either about you or anything you are working on?
EE: Currently will be releasing the music video for Gross next month. Also recording four new songs this summer after the American tour dates.
Check the Evil Beaver website for their latest news and tour information.
Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities Digital News. He also writes about Major League Baseball, punk rock music and food. Kevin plays guitar in the Los Angeles punk band Emmer Effer. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball