Evil (band)

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Origin Miami, Florida, United States
Genres Garage rock, Rock and roll, Protopunk
Years active 1965 (1965)-1967 (1967)
Labels Capitol, Living Legend, Norton, Corduroy, Florida Archive Recordings
Associated acts The Montells
Past members
  • John Doyle
  • Stan Kinchen
  • Doug Romanella
  • Jeff Allen
  • Larry O'Connell
  • Al Banyai
  • Mike Hughes
  • John Dalton

Evil was a garage rock band from Miami, Florida, active between late 1965 and early 1967.[1] They were known for a hard–driving, sometimes, thrashing 60s punk sound that combined elements of blues, rockabilly, and British invasion influences (particularly the tougher sounding London-based outfits of the time, such as The Yardbirds, The Who, The Pretty Things, and The Small Faces).[1][2] Their second drummer, Jeff Allen, who joined after the breakup of another Miami band, The Montells (his former group), made occasional visits to England, where he got a chance, firsthand, to see many of the top British bands play live and would then bring home his observations to share with fellow band members. [2]

They recorded several songs, amongst which “Always Runnin' Around” and “Whatcha Gonna Do” (recorded at Criteria Studios) were released as a single on Living Legend Records in 1966.[1][3][4] The band would eventually be signed to Capitol Records, but broke up shortly thereafter.[2] But, they may be best known for three previously unreleased songs, "I'm Movin' On," "From a Curbstone," and "Short Life," all recorded in 1966, which have been released in recent years on various independent labels.[1][2][5][6]


First Lineup (1965-1966)
  • John Doyle - Lead Singer
  • Stan Kinchen - Lead Guitar
  • Doug Romanella - Drums
  • Larry O'Connell - Bass
  • Al Banyai - Rhythm Guitar[2]
Second Lineup (1966-1967)
  • John Doyle - vocals
  • Stan Kinchen - lead guitar
  • Jeff Allen - drums
  • Mike Hughes - bass
  • John Dalton - rhythm guitar[2][7]



  • "Always Runnin' Around"/ "Whatcha Gonna Do" (Living Legend LL-108, rel. 1967; Capitol 2038, rel. 1967)[1][3][4]
  • "I’m Movin' On" (Evil)/"You Can’t Make Me" (The Montells) (Norton 826-8, rec. 1966, rel. 1997)[2][6]
  • "From a Curbstone"/"Short Life" (Florida Archive Recordings F.A.R. 6601, rec. 1966, rel. 2012)[1]


  • The Montells/Evil (Corduroy, Cord 027, rel. 1997 on LP) (includes songs: "Don't Put Me Down" and "I Know I'll Die")[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "EVIL - From A Curbstone / Short Life (Florida Archive Recordings)". Down the Line. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Evil: Interview with John Doyle". '60s Punk. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "EVIL - Whatcha Gonna Do About It". YouTube. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "In Dan's Garage...#25". Dan's Garage. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "The Montells/ EVIL- Split LP (Corduroy, CORD 027)". ghost-capital. 13 November 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "The Evil- Im Movin On -The Montells-You Cant Make Me 45". No Hit Records. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Evil". SouthernGarageBands.com. DaveandAndy. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 

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