EVEN, Melbourne’s masters of pop’n’roll, have today released new single Cherry Afterglow a stunningly orchestrated feast of radiant guitars and melodic melancholia. It follows Six Monkeys, which was their forthcoming new album’s first single back in June, and which was automatically playlisted by Double J. Six Monkeys was a full-bodied heavy hitter built on a simple but irresistible lick that defines the term ‘jangle pop’; Cherry Afterglow is a more atmospheric but no less enrapturing.
EVEN of course are the beloved brainchild of prolific guitarist/singer/songwriter Ashley Naylor. Naylor is also known to an ever-widening audience as the guitarist in Paul Kelly’s band as well as a long-time member of the Rockwiz Orchestra. He’s also a long-term member of Dom Mariani’s great garage/power pop outfit The Stems and, co-fronts high-concept ’60s covers band Thee Marshmallow Overcoat alongside Stems bandmate/You Am I guitarist Davey Lane. Most recently Naylor has become a permanent member of The Church; having replaced co-founder and lead guitarist Peter Koppes in 2019 he was finally able to play his first show with them in April this year. As if all that wasn’t enough, Naylor also released his first all-instrumental solo album, Soundtracks Volume 1, late last year.
Naylor and Even bandmates, bass player and backing vocalist Wally Kempton and drummer Matt Cotter, have also backed Split Enz’s Tim Finn and Sports’ Stephen Cummings. Bandmates since the beginning – the original Even trio has remained unchanged since the group’s 1994 beginning – Wally and Matt aren’t exactly under-achievers either. In addition to his musical duties, Kempton is the band’s booking agent as well as long-time bass player for Melbourne punk legends The Meanies and the proprietor of the groovy Cheersquad Records & Tapes label. Cotter, who recently joined Meanies frontman Link McLennan’s new outfit Bagful of Beez, also works as a sculptor, painter and model maker in film and television – he’s worked on a couple of Star Wars films – and has recently spent the best part of a decade in indigenous communities in the Northern Territory working with local artists.
Details of the band’s forthcoming eighth album will be announced shortly.