Evangelicals’ debut full-length So Gone is a dense, emotionally complicated record. The band is cut from the same peculiar cloth as The Flaming Lips and Starlight Mints, two other highly visible Okie-pop exports; given the strength of this debut, it’s not faint praise to mention all three bands in the same breath. Head Evangelical Josh Jones builds dizzying, complex pop songs that tease with sweetness and stun with serrated melodies that lingers long after the final notes fade. It’s also a record that deals frankly with a few screwed up months in Jones’s life. Jones released the album regionally in June 2005, but soon found himself signed to Austin-based indie label Misra Records, who suggested merely a sonic spit-and-polish to the existing tracks. Already gaining a reputation for giddy live performances (Evangelicals’ silly string-drenched SXSW gig generated quite a bit of buzz), it makes sense that this is a recording fairly bursting with enthusiasm—Jones pogoes from one end of the musical spectrum to the other. The heady crash of “Another Day (And Yoor Still Knocked Out)” contrasts with the solemn melancholy of “Into The Woods,” which doesn’t remotely resemble the fluid psychedelia of “Diving.” It’s music bordering on a religious experience and, given a chance, Evangelicals should win more than a few converts in the coming months.
- Release Date
- June 6, 2006
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