“The music is tight, the riffs are catchy as hell, and Hope’s singing is fucking rad! It’s dark, it’s not overindulgent like a lot of rock music has a tendency to be these days; the production and the mix sound solid and professional and there’s all these great industrial, metal, punk and pop music touchstones that I think a lot of people will be able to latch onto. There’s a high degree of sophistication and cohesion at work here.”
—Corbin Reiff, Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly
“Lead singer Hope Simpson wails with teeth and tenacity over Drew Murray’s deliriously distorted guitar about loving someone to death. The crew comes with a one-two post-industrial/grunge punch harkening high-school self-doubt, questionable haircuts, electrical tape as a fashion accessory, and black combat boots.”
“Ever So Android’s mixture of the distorted programming of Pretty Hate Machine-era Nine Inch Nails and the glitchier strands of the current EDM movement forms a tempestuous brand of electro-rock that’s as dangerous as it is alluring.”
Lead off single “Already Gone” for posting and sharing:
02 Already Gone*
03 The Freeze*
04 Better Days
05 Cradle Robbers
07 How High
08 Good Intentions*
09 Don’t I Have A Say
10 Dirty Fingers
11 Learn To Crawl*
* – key tracks
With a name that suggests unease with our modern forms of isolation, it is only appropriate that Ever So Android’s greatest strength is the potential energy between its principal members vocalist Hope Simpson and multi-instrumentalist Drew Murray.
Disconnect is the band’s first full-length and their sound does not so much expand in this loftier space but evolves to become more defined. Produced by industry journeyman Bill Rieflin (REM, Swans, Ministry), the rough ends of their self-titled EP –released in 2013– are sharper. Each track is its own self-contained burst of energy, reflecting the band’s want to make an album that was cohesive without relying on a template. Simpson is able to ride out every lurch and glitch Murray throws at her; kneading every lyric with a cadence akin to that of the Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixlar-Zavala. Ever So Android’s cohesive style is expansive enough to include throttling anthems (opener “Moment”), dystopian dance epics (“Leash”), and full-on punk bashers (“Learn To Crawl”) — and more.
Murray, who has played in several East Coast bands before Ever So Android, has found a creative foil in Simpson and the thrill is audible. The soundscapes are confident and lush: chunky, dynamic guitars sawing away under lean beats that sound like they are covered in permafrost, and drums constantly threatening to force their way through it all. Too good to be relegated local heroes, they were touring successfully long before recording their full-length debut — proving that despite our technological distractions, there will always be people looking for a communal, tangible release. Live, drummer Ben Hillzinger and bassist Ian Forrester help with the bottom end to bring Disconnect whole and walloping to audiences everywhere.