After their 5-piece rock band, Dora Alexander broke up, Toronto trio Adrian Gagnon, Lawson Smith and Alex Grant stuck together to continue making music. Always in lowercase and pronounced as ‘everyone’, ev ree wuhn was the name that stuck for their new musical adventure.
Realising they had a common interest in hip-hop and electronic based music, ev ree wuhn dropped the rock band esthetics, resulting in the bold rhythmicity of their new stuff.
With similarities to Atoms For Peace and Flying Lotus, standout tracks from the EP include opener Soon Enough, with its propelling vocals and ratchet-like sound loop, Colours (video below) and the piano based, ethereal Control.
ev ree wuhn spoke to The Pigeon Note about the EP and other stuff….
Tell us about your latest release…
The EP is basically the three of us making whatever music we felt like making, by combining all our musical interests and experiences. We tried not to constrain ourselves to any specific set of instruments, effects, atmospheres or production methods. This kind of freedom was essential for the EP. This is our debut EP so really it’s a preview of what’s to come. We already have new music in the works, although no specific release plans.
What is the Toronto music scene like?
The scene has it’s ups and downs. The sheer size of the scene means you do get a diverse range of music, and that’s a plus. There’s a lot of great artists out there, but you definitely have to do some sifting to find it. One negative issue we’ve found is related to quality control. A lot of shows with multiple acts seem a little bit thrown together. Often times you see very strong opening acts with weak headline acts, or the opposite. The quality is totally unpredictable. That deters fans from going to shows because although they like the band that they are going to see, they may have to sit through some weak acts that really don’t fit the bill.
What music do you listen to?
The three of us have grown up listening to a wide range of music, so we are very open minded when it comes to various genres. The one style we all connected on initially was Hip Hop. Everything from Tribe to Yasiin Bey to Kendrick Lamar. Other than that we love Jazz, Electronic, Classical and more. We are adamant about keeping up on new and upcoming artists who are pushing boundaries and changing the industry as we speak, even within pop music.
You have some cool artwork for your EP cover, is anyone in the band responsible for this?
Thanks! Actually the artwork is by our friend Dylan Noble. He’s an incredible artist.
Finally what’s next for ev ree wuhn?
This is our first release, so it’s hard to say where it will lead. We hope to have another release not long down the road. Also we love playing live so we would like to do some touring for this release.
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