The Evens

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The Evens
Background information
OriginWashington, D.C., United States
GenresIndie rock, punk rock
Years active2001–present
Associated actsFugazi, The Warmers, Coriky
WebsiteThe Evens
MembersAmy Farina
Ian MacKaye

The Evens are a Washington, D.C. indie-rock duo, formed in the fall of 2001, comprising partners Ian MacKaye (baritone guitar,[1] vocals) (of Fugazi, formerly of Minor Threat) and Amy Farina (drums, vocals) (formerly of The Warmers). After Ian MacKaye's band Fugazi entered a hiatus, The Evens began practicing extensively, and eventually played a few shows and recorded a self-titled album, released in March 2005 on MacKaye's label, Dischord Records. The Evens are known for their unusual choices in venues for performances and the stylistic change from what many have dubbed the "D.C." or "Dischord" sound. The Washington Post has described the sound as "what happens when post-hardcore becomes post-post-hardcore."[2]


The Evens first gained notice in late 2003 when they created a video for their original children's song "Vowel Movement", which was made for Pancake Mountain,[1] a Washington, D.C. internet-based children's program. The clip fueled furthered rumors of Fugazi's breakup amid their hiatus, while adding speculation as to MacKaye's new musical direction. The song featured sing-along lines and upbeat music in the vein of Sesame Street and other children's educational programs, while the video showed dancing children and colorful vowels.

In June and July 2006, MacKaye and Farina recorded new music that they wrote earlier in that year. On November 6, 2006, they released their second album entitled Get Evens,[3] which featured this new music.

The Dischord site announced that The Evens are working on a new album[4] on June 22, 2012. In September 2012, the website announced that the new album called The Odds would be released on November 20, 2012.[5]

The album The Odds was listed 45th on Stereogum's list of top 50 albums of 2012.[6]



  1. ^ a b Ellis, Jackson (March 4, 2005). "Interview: Ian MacKaye". Verbicide. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  2. ^ Heim, Joe (2005-03-09). "The Evens: Ian MacKaye's Post-Punk Passion". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
  3. ^ Del Signore, John (November 6, 2006). "Interview with Ian MacKaye". Gothamist. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  4. ^ "Projects in the Works". Retrieved 2012-12-06.
  5. ^ "Evens – The Odds". 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2012-12-06.
  6. ^ "Stereogum's Top 50 Albums Of 2012". Stereogum. December 5, 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-14.
  7. ^ Thomas, Fred (2012-11-19). "The Odds – The Evens : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-12-06.

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