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The Evens
The Evens

Good God, it's been too many moons since Angry Ian was ponying up sentiments like "The police will not be excused!/ The police will not behave!" in that voice he shouts in 'til it's a little hoarse. And whilst it's nice to welcome Ian McKaye back with open arms, do know that the Embrace, these days, will be with an older man, man. Essentially on retirement from Fugazi duties, Mr. Dischord now sits down when he performs, legs crossed, baritone guitar nestled in his lap, making eyes at the other half of his new duo: love-interest Amy Farina, the girl who's hit the skins for folk like the Warmers and the Secret Stars through the years. They play together; both sing, oft at once; everything's divided by two, shared by the two, cleft in twain, measured equally. Hence the moniker. And, not surprisingly, the pair play pretty quiet. If you're the kind of staying-true acolyte wanting to measure MacKaye, at 42, by what he did at 17, The Evens, actually, play really, really quiet. Of course, such a reactionary reaction — and, if you're still seeing red, possibly dis-ing dismissal — will miss all the charms of the union's uncluttered, reined-in sound, which avoids confrontation and ostentatiousness and instead works hard to establish a sense of tension; its downplayed moods seem suspiciously not-relaxed and much more mighty-uptighty and tightly-wound, wound tighter than a magnet's coil. They play slow, but it's slow in the way that Low once did, a sort of punk-rock rebellion against speed and belligerence, the focused intensity to The Evens' simple, stripped-down songs smoldering, but never getting to musical combustion. These restrained strums and brushed drums aren't the musical language cats're used to hearing Angry Ian talking in; but he still sings things like "They'll tell you everything/ But they won't tell you anything," and still makes music that matters, to him, in a most meaningful way.

by Anthony Carew

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