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THE EVENS are a band from Washington, DC. IAN MACKAYE (FUGAZI, MINOR THREAT) plays baritone guitar and AMY FARINA (THE WARMERS) plays drums. They both sing. Their songs are multifaceted yet efficient; straightforward yet sublime; you ll hear a new detail with each listen. Twelve tracks recorded at Inner Ear Studios in the summer of 2004 and mastered at Silver Sonya soon thereafter.


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  • Audio CD (March 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dischord
  • ASIN: B0007CYELW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chester on March 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Evens, a new band featuring Fugazi's Ian Mackaye and The Warmers' Amy Farrina, continues some of the sounds explored on the last few Fugazi albums (notably The Argument and The Instrument Soundtrack). With just guitar, drums, and vocals, The Evens create an engaging sound that can be spooky, emotional, ethereal, catchy, and hard driving, led by Mackaye's heavily rhythmic guitar work and Farrina's distinctive drumming. It's the powerful rhythms that separate The Evens from all the moody, downbeat, indie-folk acts out there today. Songs like the excellent "All These Governors" and "You Won't Feel A Thing" could actually be Fugazi songs if you only added some distortion, barking, and Guy Picciotto making funny noises in the background. The singing here is mostly restrained, with Farrina and Mackaye sharing vocal duties and often singing in unison for an atmospheric effect. This works beautifully on quiet numbers like "Sara Lee" and "On The Face Of It," which appears in a slightly different (and better) version than it did on the Protest Records compilation. Many, though not all, of The Evens' lyrics are political in nature and make numerous references to the D.C. area. It's nice to hear them keeping the Dischord feel alive and not being afraid to write politically charged songs when hardly any other similar bands are doing that anymore. But then again, The Evens aren't your average hip indie act. Who would have thought a couple of middle-aged people from D.C. could make an album that rocks harder, better, and with more meaning than pretty much anything else out there and getting rave reviews from Pitchfork and Spin.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andy French on August 8, 2005
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The Evens are Ian Mackaye, formerly of Fugazi, and Amy Farina, of the Warmers.

Together, they're like a stripped-down, slightly more dreamy version of Low. But even better than Low. Now, Fugazi was great, but I have to say, the music on this album can actually be described as "beautiful" -- not an adjective often used in Fugazi reviews.

Listen to "Blessed not lucky" and you'll see what I mean. And on songs like "Mt. Pleasant isn't", you'll happily hear that Ian Mackaye hasn't lost any of his edge.

The person who wrote that The Evens are post-post-punk is totally right. Thankfully, we're beyond irony and into something really exciting. And maybe The Evens will lead the way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. Engle on March 10, 2005
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I just got this CD in the mail today after ordering it the day it became available and with it being a Dischord release it was ultra cheap. I've listened to the album once and already really like it!

Since Amazon doesn't have any information up for this group yet, I just wanted to say that that The Evens are a new duo made up of Ian Mackaye of Fugazi fame on guitar and Amy Farina, who was in The Warmers, on drums and if you're a fan of the Dischord scene, this record should be right up your alley.

They both sing about equal amounts here and the music is very melodic with multiple singing parts. Although the album is true to the D.C. scene's hardcore roots, it's not a hardcore record. It's sort of `hardcore unplugged' and is reminiscent of some of the quieter moments on Fugazi's latest effort, The Argument.

If you've ever heard Mackaye sing "I'm so Tired" from the Instrument movie and wondered if you'd ever get to hear him doing more stripped down type stuff, this is the record to check out...although it's not a piano record.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tempist on May 5, 2005
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I read a review for this album where it was described as post- post-punk, a label which very accurately describes this album. Don't buy this album expecting the frenzied attack of MacKaye's earlier projects, listen instead for the quiet tension. Fugazi's amazing strength came not through its intensity, but rather through its subtle, compelling melodies. This album is a logical extension of this approach beyond the limits of post-hardcore. Just listen to what can be done with the three notes of "On the Face of It." There is still intensity here, but it is more along the lines of Fugazi's Instrument Soundtrack. Mackaye's baratone gutair and Farina's druming clash in a near-perfect interplay as they share the burden of the album's melody. The vocal duties are split up fairly evenly, making certain that this is definately not an Ian Makaye solo project. Ian's voice is suprisingly melodic and effective, and Farina's has a suprising edge that is regrettably absent in many female vocalists. This album might effectively signal a new stage in the continuous development of punk that MacKaye has been at the forefront of for his entire career. And it is definately time for some change.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dovoodoo on May 23, 2005
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When they first started making music, Rites of Spring and Fugazi were innovative and unique. After 15(ish) years, however, the imitators have multiplied. Fugazi turned quieter on their last record, 2001's The Argument, continuing to tread new ground.

Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina's new project, The Evens, strip down the Dischord brand of punk to its barest elements, and extend beyond the sound to boot. MacKaye shows that he can sing tunefully and then some. Farina's drumming shows how important and interesting drums can be in a rock setting. The only downside of this record is the occasional quiet, introspective tune, that doesn't quite hit the mark (see Sara Lee...). But, overall, this is well worth the ten dollar investment. Check out Around the Corner for a standout track...
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