"In the Spirit of Resilient Optimism" (E. Lago Entertainment Group; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"In the Spirit of Resilient Optimism" is my introduction to Evil Beaver although the band was founded back in 1999. Doing some quick research on the Internet before spinning the disc, I discovered that the band, in this latest incarnation, is Evie Evil on bass and Jonny Beav on drums. That's it. Drums, bass and Evie's voice.

However, what might sound like a Spinal Tap joke (remember, they played "Big Bottoms" with three bass guitars and drums),  winds up turning into a surprisingly successful experiment. The six songs on "In the Spirit of Resilient Optimism" are unique slabs of pulverizing bass guitars, pounding drums and Evie's edgy vocals and equally edgy lyrics. The rhythms and melodies are rough yet hauntingly engaging. And it's always heavy whether it's The Doors heavy or Black Sabbath heavy or somewhere in between.

It's sort of like The White Stripes for people who don't like the White Stripes.

The disc's experimental nature may turn off some listeners but those looking for a completely different yet totally involving listening experience need look no farther than "In the Spirit of Resilient Optimism.

Evil Beaver: Evie Evil - electric lead bassist, vocalist; Jonny Beav - drums.

For more information, check out www.evilbeaver.us

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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