Live Not On Evil is dark, guitar-heavy rock and roll. Over the past 3 years their haunting and melodic music has become a staple on goth, punk and deathrock stations across the globe while the band has blown away live audiences throughout the eastern United States.
The band released it's first full length CD entitled "Lucky Stiff" in October of 2001. It received rave reviews and air-play internationally. Founding members, Rob Windfelder and John Begley continued performing with various musicians until deciding to make the permanent addition last fall of Norm Alger on guitar and, more recently, Eric Sauls on drums. The current line up played their first live show at the Knitting Factory in NYC on the final night of the annual Drop Dead Festival, Sept. 5, 2004.
October 31st 2004 marks the release of their follow-up CD, "Next Time Nail it Shut". Like the first, it was recorded at Plan B Studios in Philadelphia by Darren Morze and promises to be an auditory experience dark rock fans aren't likely to forget.
Live Not on Evil is distributed by SINister Records (www.SINisterRecords.com)
"Based on the album art alone, you could be forgiven for thinking Live Not On Evil is a goth band. The ghostly image on the front, the skulls on the back, and singer Rob Windfelder's Misfits-inspired hairdo - it all kind of fits. Once you actually listen to this album, though, it becomes immediately apparent that this is straight up punk, not goth or even death rock, really. That's a good thing in this case, because this is a great album, packed with tight riffs and just the right blend of moodiness and aggression. Songs like "Love You To Death" and "End of Time" are hard, fast, and angry, with Windfelder's vocals betraying just enough snottiness to recall Jello Biafra. "Ghost In the Woods" and "The Great Escape" are slower and darker, with haunting guitar work that hints at metal influences. The most memorable song, though, is the more pop friendly "Broadway and Fulton," which features great sung melodies and an old-school hopelessness that recalls Mike Ness at his most cynical. Think Social Distortion if they were East Coast instead of West, and get this album if you're the least bit interested in the moody side of punk."
-- Matthew Johnson, GraveConcerns Ezine
"This will be the second CD I've received from garage punkers Live Not On Evil . The band retains it's hard-edged and rough-hewed sound in their latest offering, Next Time Nail it Shut, and the best comparison I can think of would be the heavier Bella Morte sounds or a Cult of the Psychic Fetus attitude with a bit more wall-of-sound musical style (the Fetus boys keeping their music somewhat simple). LNOE will smash their sounds together to create a very strong and sometimes dirty, un-tamed musical track...
The boys can bring it all together into a solid track, however, and even slow it down to a darker crawl. Ghost in the Woods is moody garage at its best - strong, powerful, but not relying on simple speed, infusing the atmosphere with a simpler brooding and nightmare. All is Vanity, however, picks up the pace and has become one of my favorites. Just a simple, no-nonsense straight up heavy guitar deathrock track.
Another of my favorites is a speedier tune called Never Say Die that you'll come across on the tenth slot on the album. It's got a flair of thrash about it with, again, a rather dirty and unpolished sound. It seems much of Next Time Nail it Shut was recorded in a live atmosphere, and from all indications on the CD the band must excel at playing out...
So if you're missing the days when you got to hear what a band actually sounds like BEFORE you go to a concert, Next Time Nail it Shut is a good choice. If Cult of the Psychic Fetus went out and found another member or two and then took lots and lots of meth, they might sound something like this."
-- Marcus Pan, Legends Magazine