Allston concerts fueled the creativity of psych-rock Evolfo


Evolfo’s track “In Time Pt. 1” burns and sweats like a feverish dream. The song also drifts slowly, with a real “mandarin trees and marmalade skies” vibe. The Allston-based, Brooklyn-based band Goes through experimental passages, muffled indie pop moments, big rock crescendos, stops and starts in the air – Evolfo does it in just three and a half minutes.

The band’s new LP, “Site Out of Mind”, now available, features a wide range of bizarre jams, all clocked in under five minutes. It’s a budget record full of excess, quirks and pop melodies.

“Looking at the waveform of (‘In Time Pt. 1’) you can see that it has this really cool way of growing over time,” said singer-guitarist Matt Gibbs.

“I don’t think we’re consciously trying to balance the weird and the pop,” added singer-keyboardist-producer Rafferty Swink. “But I feel like we all enjoy well-written songs and maybe that’s where the tension comes from. We spent a lot of time making sure all of these songs had strong bones. “

Swink said that any kind of psychedelia can get a little too much. With “Site Out of Mind” the band wanted to find their own sound in this tradition and not just rehash the sound clichés of the 60s. The ears of the seven members for pop melodies and roots as a sort of gypsy funk band help to distinguish the aesthetics of Evolfo.

The band came to play concerts in Allston’s basement. These nights and the city’s eclectic scene helped fuel the group’s creativity.

“This chaotic energy, this kind of really lopsided DIY performance space, got us on our path,” Swink said.

“Site Out of Mind” keeps some of that funk in its pocket, but also naturally wanders into the roomier grooves and harder garage rock. Part of capturing the LP’s vibes came from writing and recording at a natural pace and affordably – the band recorded the album in Gibbs’ cramped Brooklyn apartment.

“It was pretty liberating,” Gibbs said. “There was no clock, no meter running on studio time, no expensive engineer.”

The band wrote as they recorded, improvised new parts as they went. And this unfettered approach makes itself known again and again, in the punk fury of “Strange Lights”, the chimerical quirk of “White Foam”.

While the band has found a great place to do a good set of tight songs, it’s time for Evolfo to find stages to exhibit these tracks in front of a live audience. After all, from those sweaty basements to big rock clubs, the band has built their cult following on their live performances.

“At the risk of sounding conceited, we’re a really fun live band,” Gibbs said.

He is right. And we’re ready for those economic tunes to blossom into epic, psychedelic symphonies.


To learn more about Evolfo, visit evolfo.com.

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