Pneuma Rock: Deep and passionate modern rock with a focus on the spirit. Gracefully intertwining weaving guitar lines, orchestrated drumming, memorable melodic bass, and straight to the heart lyrical probes. Hard to categorize but easy to connect with. Come . . . live passionately with us.
Pneuma: primarily denotes wind (akin to pneo, to breathe, blow); also breath; then, especially the spirit, which, like the wind is invisible, immaterial and powerful.
"It's a duplicitous thing - playing our music," says Heath Hardesty, vocalist and guitarist of eveningtide. "When we play, I feel completely naked on stage, raw, overexposed. Yet, in those precarious moments I feel at peace. It's a balance I don't think I will ever get used to." Yet, eveningtide is known for their live shows. This hard to define three-piece is anchored by the orchestrated polyrhythms of Jon Powers, interlocked by the memorable and melodic bass lines of Adam Williams, and spearheaded by the weaving guitar lines and lyrical probes of Heath Hardesty. Hard to label but easy to connect with, eveningtide has been dubbed "ethereal rock" to "pneuma rock" to raw modern rock.
One can pinpoint the formation of eveningtide to the early parts of 2000, but its roots extend much deeper. In 2000, Jon Powers and Heath Hardesty met through a series of spiritual meetings and a youth group called Planet Youth. In the winter of '00 at a youth camp in the snow covered Rocky Mountains, an unexpected turning of events blew on the embers that would be eveningtide. The Planet Youth Band, led by Jon Powers, was in the middle of an extended worship set when the guitarist could no longer play due to unusual circumstances. Within moments Heath was asked to take the guitarists place. After the camp of '00 Heath was asked to join the Planet Youth Band full time - and so started Jon and Heath's collaboration. The two quickly became friends and connected on a deep level. Jon soon took interest in the original material Heath was writing, and before long he was taking the tapes home that Heath made in his basement on his four track recorder; It was these crudely recorded tapes that became the seeds for eveningtide' first album.
In 2000 after much thought, practice, and unusual prophetic events - the decision was made to head into the studio. By the end of the year eveningtide's first album was recorded and finished. The album was produced and engineered by Glen Ballew and Mastered by David Glasser (The Dave Matthews Band). Veteran bass player Ben hall joined the team for the "Written by year's end" sessions. Though Heath and Jon had been playing for a weekly audience of near two hundred, the first official eveningtide concert took place on March 9th 2001 to an audience of 350 plus. With warm welcome and warm presence, the band was up and moving - but one of the bands greatest challenges was still ahead. A third man was needed - the right bass player - the right connection. It wasn't until weeks later, when by strange circumstances, that long time friend of Heath, Adam Williams joined the band.
With a unique synergy that is born from the simple complexity of three impassioned hearts - live shows are often emotionally stirring, mentally awakening, and spiritually uplifting. Somehow intimacy is reached on a corporate level and strange things happen. Asked to comment on their unique live experience Heath said, "Sometimes the best shows aren't just shows - they are a telescope on a soul's largest passion - they are a microscope on a detailed intricacy of a relationship - this voyeurism somehow becomes interactive and entertaining."