Band: Evelyn's Ashes
Members: Chris Cutshall (lead guitar), Freddie Hansen (guitar, vocals), Wes Myers (lead vocals), Adam Lefevre (bass, vocals), Ted Hile (drums)
Who we talked to: Cutshall
Where'd the name come from? I was looking on different Web sites looking for ideas for band names and found the name Evelyn. Then "ashes" popped into my head. I shot the idea out to the band members. There's no hidden agenda behind the name.
Describe your sound/style: I'm into Metallica and Godsmack and heavier type music. All out guitar riffs come from a metal background. (Myers) comes from more of an acoustic style and incorporates a lot of that into his singing, so it's a different sound when he sings. Even on the covers we do, he'll incorporate an acoustic version of the song into the vocals. But it's definitely rock.
Who are your influences? Metallica and Godsmack, Bullet For My Valentine, Disturbed, Staind, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace. The biggest influence for me is if the song has feeling. I look for that in everything. It can't be telling only one story. It has to affect you the same way it affects me - maybe in a different manner, but it has to teach both of us something.
Last three albums you listened to? "Poison" from Bullet For My Valentine, Three Days Grace, "One-X," and Breaking Benjamin, "Phobia."
Worst song on the radio right now? Probably Lit, "My Own Worst Enemy," because I've played it so many times. It's a great song, but I'm tired of it, and they play it nonstop.
What songs do you or would you like to cover? "So Cold" from Breaking Benjamin. The energy and the stage show we put into that song, it goes over well. And "Aerials" from System of a Down. Every time we play those, the energy on stage is just unreal.
Plug one other local band: World's End. They're phenomenal. Every person in that band, their playing ability, their vocals. They're just a phenomenal band. I've only been playing six years, so they're a big inspiration to me.
Who would win in a fight: Three Days Grace or Breaking Benjamin? Wow, that's tough. I'd have to say Breaking Benjamin. I'm just going off of more great tunes. They're both excellent songs writers, but I've liked Breaking Benjamin longer.
What do you guys need to work on as a band? One thing about this band is we critique each other, and every person has something to work on. We've been doing that from day one, and we continually try and tighten up the music, our stage show and write original music. We never wanna say we're done.
- JASON COX, FLIPSIDE STAFF