Evans the Death

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Evans the Death
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Evans the Death in 2012.
Background information
OriginLondon, England
GenresIndie rock
Years active2011–2017
LabelsFortuna Pop! (UK)
Slumberland (US)
MembersKatherine Whitaker
Dan Moss
James Burkitt
Daniel Raphael
Olly Moss
Past membersRobert Mitson
Alanna McArdle
Matt Gill

Evans the Death were an English indie rock band formed in London in 2011. The band consisted of brothers Dan and Olly Moss (guitars), Katherine Whitaker (vocals), Daniel Raphael (bass) and James Burkitt (drums).[1][2] They released three albums.


Their debut self-titled full-length album was released on 2 April 2012 via Fortuna Pop! and was produced by ex-Test Icicles guitarist Rory Atwell.[3] The album was preceded by two singles, double A-Side "I'm So Unclean/Threads", on Fortuna Pop! on 6 September 2011 and "Telling Lies" on 27 February 2012. The album received critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone commenting "Raw emotion blends with slashing,whirling guitars to inject paralysis with weird power" [4] and Q Magazine praising the way in which the band "Manage to make humdrum everyday existence sound quite magical.".[5] Artrocker premiered a stream of the album a week prior to release.[6] Throughout 2012, the band toured with bands including The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The Wave Pictures, Let's Wrestle, and Trailer Trash Tracys, prompting Clash Magazine to hail them as "one of the most exciting prospects on the [live] circuit".[7]

The band's name references the undertaker in Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood.[8] The band's late 2012 "Catch Your Cold" single featured a cameo appearance from comedian Stewart Lee on its B-side.[9] In 2013 the band purposely distanced themselves from the indie-pop movement while they were going through a number of line-up changes.[1]

Their second album, Expect Delays, was released on 3 March 2015.[1]

Olly Moss released his debut solo release Beach Bodies:2008-2014, as Smiling Disease, on Memorials of Distinction on 5 April 2015.[10]

Vanilla, the band's third album, was released in July 2016.[11]

On August 23, 2017, they announced they were disbanding, with a final show planned for September 23.[12]





  1. ^ a b c Ware, Gareth (8 March 2015). "Evans the Death // Interview". Londoninstereo.com. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Piccadilly Records". Piccadillyrecords.com. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Exclusive: Watch The New Video From Evans The Death". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  4. ^ Johnston, Maura (23 May 2012). "Evans the Death Evans the Death Album Review". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Evans The Death by Evans The Death reviews". Anydecentmusic.com. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Exclusive Album Stream: Evans The Death // Evans The Death". Archived from the original on 20 May 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  7. ^ "This Many Boyfriends - Live At The Lexington, London | Reviews | Clash Magazine". Clashmusic.com. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Genre Profile - Twee". Altmusic.about.com. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ Margee, Paul. "Smiling Disease: Beach Bodies 2008 – 2014 – album review". Louder Than War. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  11. ^ Tim Sendra (8 July 2016). "Vanilla - Evans the Death | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Evans The Death's Final Show". Retrieved 25 August 2017.

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