Southern California trio Them Evils are bringing the danger, dirt, and sleaze back to rock ‘n roll with their new EP, Rollin’ Stoned and Livin’ Free. These 6 songs take you through a fun ride, so full of swagger, you can’t help but swing your hips.
Singer/lead guitarist Jordan Griffin churns out grimy, bluesy riffs while bassist Jake Massanari doubles down on that groove. Dave Delaney keeps this crazy ride moving forward on the drums, really shining on the tracks “Have One On Me” and “Practice What You Preach.” The release on Burning Records was produced by Kato Khandwala, who has worked with The Pretty Reckless and Pierce The Veil. You can find Rollin’ Stoned and Livin’ Free on iTunes and Spotify, and trust me, it’s worth your time.
Rollin’ Stoned and Livin’ Free starts strong and doesn’t let up. “Got Me Rockin'” lets you know what you’re in for. An old school ode to a gorgeous woman our main character is pining over. To my true delight, “Got Me Rockin'” features a killer guitar solo that’s full of attitude, and really works well with the song. “She Got Nothin'” brings a strong Led Zeppelin vibe. The good times continue with “Gets Me High.” Lyrics like “She’s a wheelin’ dealin’ devil/baby nothing’s for free,” and the call-and-answer chorus really make this one a fun listen.
“Have One On Me,” really shows the talent of the 3 members of this band. Alternating between speedy rock guitar, and vocals accompanied only by drums. Just when the EP could use a change of pace, “Untold” brings a different vibe to Rollin’ Stoned and Livin’ Free. It has a cool, slower groove with a distorted guitar sound we haven’t heard yet. The swagger is still there, but “Untold” is a nice change of pace.
The EP closer “Practice What You Preach” is definitely my favorite. The lyrics are straightforward, calling out hypocrisy, without being cliche. This tune features the heaviest guitar on the album, a memorable–almost thrashy–riff, with Griffin really pushing his voice to the limit. This song is a must listen.
Fans of Led Zeppelin, Guns ‘n Roses, and AC/DC are going to find something to like with Them Evils. Black Stone Cherry, Rival Sons, and Red Sun Rising fans will also dig these tunes.
Them Evils just played Rock on the Range, where they likely made some new fans. They’ll be on the road through the end of May. If these guys are rolling through your town, I bet they’ll show you a good time.
Them Evils Tour Dates:
May 22 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ The Smiling Moose
May 23 – Detroit, Mich. @ PJ’s Lager House
May 24 – Chicago, Ill. @ Beat Kitchen
May 25 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Turf Club
May 26 – Omaha, Neb. @ Lookout Lounge
May 27 – Fort Collins, Colo. @ Hodi’s Half Note
May 29 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Metro Bar
Connect with Them Evils:
Pledge Music Campaign:https://www.
Official Band website: https://themevils.com
iTunes Pre-order: https://itunes.apple.com/us/
Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/
Bands In Town: https://www.bandsintown.com/