Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the five-piece rock band combines melodic power and hard-driving energy for their single, “My Evil Ways.”
It’s a short track that only clocks out at around three minutes, but it wastes no time in delivering the sharp edge. It starts with the strums of power chords and a washy hi-hat-kick-snare pattern. Along with the bass guitar driving the intro along, it’s a minimal arrangement but it’s effective enough to begin pumping energy and fuel into audiences. The vocals begin in the first verse and while it’s a little bit shaky at that part and at other parts throughout the song, the vocalist’s performance never misses any big steps. The mixing between the instrumental and vocals could also be tighter, but there is still a sense of raw and natural power that The Nearly Deads delivers with the song.
Another bright spot for this song is the ability the band is able to build up, progressing from the verse to the chorus, and dynamically increasing at each step. The lyrics are also well written, and the chorus does enough to bring the song out to full force. They also put the right amount of effort in the second verse to make it sound different from the first to keep the song driving along without boring audiences. The instrumental portion of the song also features a fantastic melodic guitar solo, and the song closes out with the chorus heard for one more time.
Overall, Theresa Jeane, Steven Tobi, Kevin Koelsch, Javier Garza, Jr., and Josh Perrone deliver a great performance with their single “My Evil Ways.” The sound doesn’t really draw out a shining unique style compared to other alternative and grunge rock tracks out there, but The Nearly Deads do a solid job keeping “My Evil Ways” engaging and energetic, establishing a connection with all hardcore fans of the genre.
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