The melodic Oxfordshire quartet prove that they can deliver another heart-felled, riff-hooking EP.
Evarose – completed by Dannika Webber (vocals), Imogen Leslie (guitar), Connie Raitt (bass) and Robyn Griffith (drums) – have shown that their 2010 EP, ‘Creation Divide’, was not as far as the band could go; with new EP ‘Elements’ sounding tighter and more emotionally lyrical.
The EP starts off with ‘Best Left Alone’, which begins the record on an entertaining riff and a showing off of Webber’s amazing vocals which constantly ring out through the song and make it too irresistible to not listen on. The track gives one of many examples of the band’s inspiring lyrics, this time about telling someone who you don’t want to be with them, “you may as well be talking to thin air, this is getting you nowhere”.
Second track, ‘Educate Yourself’, not only gives the listener the same aspects of ‘Best Left Alone’, but it also shows off the talented drumming of ‘Griffith’. Something else which this song has which the first does not is a tuneful, catchy guitar breakdown which then jumps back in to the chorus, these are the things which get people to listen to your songs and ‘Evarose’ have done it right.
Webber’s vocals and Leslie’s guitar work sum up the feeling of ‘There’s No Such Thing As Something For Nothing’, which is a song about breaking up with someone who doesn’t want to be in the relationship; and the song has a very powerful chorus as Webber screams “I always thought I did it for your sake, but it seems I did it just for me.” The song ends as emotionally as it began with ‘Webber’ singing ‘but it seems I did it just for me’ one last time.
‘Change’ is the most recent single which has been released from the album, and could have the best lyrics on the EP in it, “It’s what I wanted, and I don’t want it at all, I really hate what I’m becoming when I’m with you”, Webber sings as she explains that she doesn’t want to change to be in a relationship with somebody. The track also tests the singers vocals on a new level, singing “you” at the end of the choruses in a high note can be difficult, but the notes are held.
The song ‘Time Well Spent’ ends the EP on a high note as it is a very powerful song, which starts with a witty guitar riff and has heart-pounding pre-chorus which gets you into the track. The strong ending makes you want to listen to the record over and over again.
‘Elements’ shows how the band have grown since ‘Creation Divide’ and I am looking forward to the first album from the girls.
Listen to: There’s No Such Thing As Something For Nothing and Time Well Spent.
The Full Track-Listing is as Follows:
Best Left Alone
There’s No Such Thing As Something For Nothing
Time Well Spent