A Review by ListenersGeneration.com...
Armed with one wild keyboardist/vocalist, one raging drummer, and a fantastically zany collection of clever, bouncy rock songs, Seve Vs. Evan have released the lyrically rich and fantastically unique CD, Steam Powered Rocket Ship.
This two-piece powerhouse from Utah doesn't approach creativity by simply thinking "outside the box." Instead, they smash the box with a sledgehammer, set it on fire with a gallon of gasoline and a Zippo, and watch it burn. From the ashes they create great songs such as their disc opener, "Once upon a Sailor." With a keyboard tone reminiscent of vintage video games and lyrical lines like, "We could not kiss / Said I smelled like fish and needed to clean my teeth," you might feel concerned for the safety of your ears and mind. Let me assure you, as crazy as it is, this is phenomenal stuff. There is intense, pure talent behind this music.
Even better is the next tune, "Destination Tokyo." In fact, it's one of my favorites. If it wasn't 3 am, I'd call up all of my friends and have them listen to the melody in the chorus of this song. It's inspiring to hear artists who aren't afraid to do what they please and to have it turn out so entertainingly well.
Continuing with their signature arcade/rock sound is another great tune, "Lady Lady." Seve sings, "She is the stuff. She thinks I am neat. I think she is hot 'cause she played on the science team." Ah, love. Again, the band treats us not only to fresh lyrics, but to melodies that are quite innovative.
I haven't even begun to mention Seve Vs. Evan's instrumental talents. Remember, there is only one keyboardist/vocalist (Seve) and a drummer (Evan). With the absence of a bassist, Seve has to throw down some pretty steady chord-playing to keep the sound full. However, he doesn't let the heavy melodic load hold him back. His chord structures are complex, and he frequently incorporates some very technical riffs. As for Evan, he is the sole rhythmic backbone and has quite a bag of impressive technical moves, himself. Both are extremely talented musicians and have inspired me to fire my own bassist.
Closing out the disc is, "Excuse Me, Mr. Captain Sir." It's got a short verse and chorus, which revolves around a longer musical interlude. You can really feel Seve Vs. Evan's energy and wit simply via the performance of the instruments in this song. The lyrics are good, too, and summarize to me what this band is all about. Seve sings to the Captain, "If it's all the same, I'll keep my own company until she sinks to the bottom of the sea. I will never change, I will never change."
These guys certainly do things their own way, but I highly doubt they'll sink to the bottom of the sea. They've got a rapidly growing fan-base and a killer live show. There are also quite a few impressive videos floating around the Internet of the fellas in concert. Looks like one hell of a good time. If you can't make it to a show, buy their disc immediately. Seve Vs. Evan's CD, Steam Powered Rocket Ship, is a remarkable, standout release.
Review By: ListenersGeneration.com