June 5, 2017
MITCHEL EVAN (WITH BLOOD FEUD FAMILY SINGERS)
HONEST, RAW AND EMOTIONAL SONGWRITER
MONDAY, JUN 5 @ 7PM
$20 SUGGESTED DONATION
Mitchel Evan is a 22-year-old songwriter from Richmond, Virginia, now living in the outskirts of Denver, Colorado. He first started playing piano at the age of 9, but it wasn’t until he picked up the guitar at 13 that he discovered his passion and knack for songwriting. Mitchel writes songs with an emphasis on lyrical content and emotional delivery in an effort to map the shortest distance from his heart to the listeners’. The young songwriter is working on a full length solo album and continues to write, record and tour at a prolific rate.
Mitchel performs with nothing but an acoustic guitar and his voice. He is an intimate performer and creates an atmosphere where every word, every syllable and note can hang in the air, to be processed and digested by the audience. He says what he means and means what he says. No cute gimmicks or tricks, just honesty and raw emotion.
The Blood Feud Family Singers’ debut album, “No Moon,” is billed as a twelve song collection of “romantic agony and stories that ended badly before they even began.” The band, who’ve dubbed their sound “Americana Noir,” has developed a reputation for witnessing to the dark side of human nature with wit, eloquence and vigorous energy, an aesthetic vision which one reviewer described as sounding “like a spooky Old 97s” and which one cheeky fan described as “a rollicking bad time.”
The BFFS formed in 2014, originally a duo consisting of guitarist Daryl Scherrer (from the post- punk band Monster May I) and bassist Marc Oxborrow (from political punk-grass darlings The Haymarket Squares). In finding personnel for the album, they wound up recruiting drummer Douglas Berry (of The Riveras) as a permanent member, and have since brought guitarist Mark Allred (also a Haymarket Square) into their fold.
“No Moon” was recorded, mixed and mastered entirely at Scherrer’s house, using free software and economy-class microphones. Of the DIY approach, Scherrer says, “Sonically, I wanted the record to stand as a testament to what a person with very limited resources can accomplish all on their own. Of course, it also stands as a testament to what a cheapskate and control freak I am. In any case, given those creative constrictions, the record sounds, I dare say, really damned good.”
About the pessimism, hostility and general darkness of The BFFS’s lyrics, Scherrer (who is the band’s chief songwriter) says, “If you want to get lofty, you could say the songs are written in a Freudian spirit—the return of the repressed. We all spend so much time and energy trying to be healthy and well-adjusted and productive people that we programmatically forget all the parts of ourselves that are pathological—the grieving, failed, broken, hateful, murderous, psychopathic faces of our personalities. Our songs are about remembering the rest of ourselves, the people we all wish we weren’t.”
Scherrer was named 2015’s Songwriter of the Year by YamYum Music & Arts Magazine. “No Moon” was named the best album of 2015 by Paul Riley of Country Music People Magazine.
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The Listening Room Phoenix is centrally located in midtown Phoenix AZ and is open to audiences who appreciate great acoustic music. Although most performances are free, participating audiences are encouraged to make at least a $20 donation to the artist. This will go a very long way in keeping each artist on their path to success and keeping The Listening Room a healthy destination for great music in Phoenix. Audiences are participating in a live video recording of the performance. Your entrance to The Listening Room Phoenix is consent to be photographed and filmed.
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