The best post-rock holiday gift I received this year came courtesy of my recent decision to purchase Spotify premium. As I was three hours deep into a post-rock playlist I found, mostly spacing out to the familiarity of bands such as Caspian and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, an artist unbeknownst to me captured my imagination as my ears perked up. Not only did Eversham capture my full attention as I picked my jaw up off the floor, but they also managed to make me completely rewrite my top 10 albums of the 2012 list I’ve been working on for Postrockstar’s year-end staff picks article you’ll be reading in a week or two.
Eversham are a band formed by two brothers and a cousin from Canberra, Australia and their debut self titled release is an absolute masterpiece. Hearing “Barricade“, the first track on the album on Spotify is the best thing that happened to me this holiday season. This album is a big breath of fresh air for the post-rock genre . “Barricade” is a guitar-centric track that has an absolutely killer riff in the middle of the track that will leave you begging for more. “Symmetry” has a Collapse Under the Empire feel to it with stark piano work, explorative synths and a rhythmic consistent beat. Clean guitar work leads into distortion guitar layers in the tracks big finish as double bass action rumbles in the background. This is not the work of a band that isn’t even two years old. There are seasoned post-rock bands that can’t produce music this put together and complete.
“Of Southern Skies” is a laid back track ripe with extended crescendos that arc throughout much of the track. With “Trees Don’t Grow in Old Dead Countries” Eversham shows a more intense side with downtuned technical guitar work that eventually branches out into brighter straight-forward Explosions in the Sky-esque sounding post-rock. The two combine towards the end of the track while a solo’ing guitar rips through it all to produce one hell of a finish. Sorry if I’m gushing a little. “Melancholia” is yet another solid track playing on the crescendo-core styling combined with the band’s signature guitar work. “Immortal Lies in Mortal Bodies” is an upbeat track that pushes the tempo and is ripe with deeply layered guitar work and technical drumming.
“Spiritual Revolution” opens with a strange electronic intro before screeching guitars make their presence felt. The main riff in this track is arguably one of the catchier riffs I’ve heard all year and probably borders a little on the prog-rock side. In fact, I find that a lot of the guitar work on this album is done with classic rock influence in mind. Finally the 8-track 48 minute album concludes with “The Absolute“, which stands the tallest at nine minutes long. Elegant piano work over a bed of synths makes a dramatic transition into whining guitars as strong bass finally makes an appearance as well in the lower end of the mix. The spacy guitar work is just deep enough that you can get almost get lost within the track’s deep layering. As the song ends it comes full circle by ending with the same piano and synth combination that it started with.
I’m fairly certain that despite being released earlier in the year, the discovery of this album is a late inning game changer as Postrockstar winds down our calendar year. There aren’t many albums that I would take time out of my Christmas day to write a review for to immediately publish on the site, completely bypassing our publishing schedule. The guitar work found within ‘Eversham’ is easily the most impressive work I’ve heard all year. Every track on this album comes with the ridiculous amount of technicality and craftsmanship that screams for attention and simply cannot be ignored. This is a must listen to release of 2012. 12/25/12
Available for $6 on bandcamp: http://eversham.bandcamp.com/
Eversham’s facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/EvershamMusic?ref=ts&fref=ts