Duncan Evans Interivew 30/06/21
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
DE: I am Duncan Evans, a dark folk / post-punk solo artist. I sometimes play competely solo, but I also have a band. Some of my biggest influences are Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Wovenhand, Leonard Cohen, Richard Thompson and Low.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
DE: Inspiration can come from anywhere. On my first album I told a lot of stories. With my more recent work I tend towards using exaggerated and contorted elements of real life to create a narrative. I often email myself little snippets of lyrics when they come to me. Similarly, if I am playing the guitar and I stumble across an idea that seems to be worth keeping, I will record it using my phone.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?
DE: A lot of people like Girl On The Hill. I particularly like Borderlands Prayer (from my album Prayers for an Absentee).
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2021
DE: At the moment I don't have any plans. The UK is only just starting to come out of lockdown. I hope that domestic shows will be able to happen by autumn, but let's see what happens. Foreign travel may not be possible for a while after that. Once things look more certain I hope to be able to book some shows.
MM: What can we expect from you guys live
DE: Even if I'm playing completely solo, I try to make the experience intense when it needs to be. That becomes easier with the full band. When the songs need to be tender and soft they will be, but when they need to get a bit noisy that happens too. I also like to include an element of improvisation in live shows, so that even the players aren't quite sure which way a performance is going to head until it happens. Hopefully the audience can follow the twists and turns of the live arrangements and appreciate the sentiment of the songs.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring
DE: I love playing live to new audiences. The experience of being on stage is like no other. You are lost in the present moment as the electric energy of the music flows through you. Somehow, though, you always end up getting far less sleep than is healthy. There's also quite a lot of waiting around and sitting in cars or on planes etc, which can be pretty mind-numbing.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
DE: Well, I have spoken to Henry Derek Elis about possibly arranging a tour in the future. Hopefully we might be able to do that post-COVID. It would be great to also do some shows with Josh T Pearson, and maybe with Emma Ruth Rundle. Let's see what happens.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
DE: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds in Manchester around 2013 was a brilliant show. The band have an incredible energy and the songs are never quite performed the same way twice. Old Crow Medicine Show and The Dave Rawlings Machine at the Irish Centre, Leeds, was also fantastic. Again, the energy was palpable. I was about two metres from the stage and about a hundred people were dancing at the front. They also brought John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin with them to play madolin, which was unexpected and very cool.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
DE: I don't focus too much on these things, but some highlights have been supporting Empyrium in a church in Berlin, supporting Dornenreich in another church in London, and guesting with Crowhurst at festivals in London and Leeds.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
DE: I am into a lot of different music and I get bored easily, so this isn't an easy one. Perhaps No More Shall We Part by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and Mock Tudor by Richard Thompson.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
DE: I first played live in a school concert. Soon afterwards I started playing in local pubs. It was absolutely exhilarating, and it still is. I used to get quite nervous and I think I transmuted that into excitement and energy. These days I don't really get nervous, but I still feed off the energy from the audience.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
DE: From memory, I had Jimi Hendrix, The Cult and Led Zeppelin posters.
MM: Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
DE: Well, I suppose none of this stuff would exist without Elvis Presley. Whether or not you like his music, his influence upon rock 'n' roll and all of its offspring can't be underestimated.
MM : What's the most important thing to the band right now?
DE: I'm finalising a split record with Javier Wallis from Wilderness Hymnal, which will be released in the autumn on Trepanation Recordings. Getting all of the finishing touches for that done is a priority. I'm really pleased with the music, and I'm looking forward to seeing the album art once it is done.
MM: If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
DE: I have already done quite a few covers at shows. Recently I have been enjoying playing Blue Pail Fever by Wovenhand. The lyrics have a beautiful mystery to them, and the melodies are haunting but strangely uplifting.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
DE: Well, if you like the bands I've already mentioned then I think you will probably like what I do, with or without the band. I hope that my songs and lyrics are strong, and that people can find a connection with them. Aesthetically, my music brings together elements of folk music with the darkness of post-punk and a few nods towards noiser and heavier music.
MM: Four words to describe your Band
DE: Dark, melancholy, post-punk songs. (Maybe that's five?)
MM: Final Words for your fans and our readers
DE: Thanks for the questions! You can check out my music here: -