Evangelicals, a trio from Norman, Okla., make trippy rock with the warm wash of sound typical of neo-psychedelia, and the infectious melodies and rhythms of more upbeat indie-pop. It's a potent mix. On their sophomore release, The Evening Descends, the group deftly blends shimmering guitars with assorted background noises and atmospherics, set against singer Josh Jones' anguished voice. The album has an entirely mesmerizing texture without being overly produced or drowned in sound.
The cover art for The Evening Descends looks like something from a horror movie. The wide, fear-filled eyes of a woman are framed by the skeleton-like branches of bare trees. Elements of the album are indeed spooky, with songs about madness, drugs, zombies, good and evil. But it's still a comfortable listen that leaves you wanting more.
Evangelicals are building buzz. They're scheduled to perform at all four days of SXSW 2008. A national tour with Headlights is planned for spring.
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This story originally ran on Feb. 6, 2008.