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These Wonderful Evils

THESE WONDERFUL EVILS Taking their name from The Shakers' 1968 Swedish psych classic, These Wonderful Evils are largely the product of guitarist Zak Boerger and draw equally on the traditions of garage psych and proto-punk, as well as slightly more erudite folk and minimalist approaches to sound-as-song. Their debut album ‘Regine Flory’ was a sideways attempt at that hoary chestnut “the anti-war record,” and in a 2008 review, The Wire magazine said, “there’s a lonesome edge to the music that would situate it outside of any particular historical tradition and closer to the mystery school of regional private press obscurities. The acoustic tracks skirt the fringes of American primitive without particularly sounding like anyone else, but it’s the elegiac fuzz settings that really make the album stand out.” Dusted magazine said of their second LP “Parade Room,” “Boerger’s sophomore effort as These Wonderful Evils is almost a benign noise record, unrushed in the execution and more focused on the atypical melding of styles than the urgency of a message. Each layer of guitar tone feels meticulously appointed: just the right degree of fuzz atop the resonant tremolo of a softly wavering electric guitar atop lapping undulations of a warmly strummed acoustic.” If asked, main Evil Zak Boerger will acknowledge the genius of Keith Richards, Alex Chilton, Epic Soundtracks, Richard Thompson, Ron Asheton, Roy Harper, Terry Riley, Johnny Marr, Ed Kuepper, and his mom. A 2CD reissue of the 2010 limited cassettes "Vermilion Sands" and "Cerro Rico" will be available spring 2011.

My Artists Sessions

Thursday, March 17

8:00pm CDT