The one-man project entitled Evil Men Have No Songs infuses a number of different of elements such as psychedelic, garage rock and even elements of shoegaze. The project is named after a Nietzsche quote which I have no idea what the context was but I thoroughly enjoy the name. After listening to Evil Men Have No Song’s latest release Made of Three Songs I have to say that the name of the project isn’t very indicative of the music. Evil Men Have No Songs is a bit ironic because they create songs that sound like songs.
They are instantly catchy, recognizable and most importantly well written. The band say they were inspired by bands like The Velvet Underground, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Primitives and Radio Dept. which I see to some extent but I also hear a lot of influences from pop acts from the 1950’s such as Buddy Holly and the early Beatles albums. Evil Men Have No Songs has established a bit of a name for themselves in Budapest which is where they are from including opening up for No Age on one of their recent tours.
The EP starts with the title track “Where We Come From” which is an incredibly infectious pop song. Clean guitars provide submersive melodies and the drums are simple yet create a good backbone. The verse is good but the chorus is great in that song. It really comes together and feels like something that was worth waiting for. The vocals seem to fit like a glove with the music as he sings. The song “Love to You” feels like pure 50 - 60’s pop not unlike something you would hear from The Beach Boys or even The Monkees. Even more specific the song sounded like it was pulled from southern California in the mid - 60’s as surf music was starting to become popular. The EP ends with “Daily Girl” which happened to be my favorite song out of the three. I thought the hooks were better and the song sounded like the best mish-mash of influences even though still heavily relying on the 60’s pop sensibility. Evil Men Have No Songs latest release is an impressive throwback to the previous generations and feels just right as summer season begins.
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