How did the band Evership come to be?
Shane: Evership was the inevitable explosion of nearly 20 years of musical visions I had repressed. After the birth of my first child and a few disappointing record label issues, I left the music business to work in the software industry for over a decade. Still, the music kept coming (to me) and I continued to write, but with no outlet. Eventually, I couldn’t contain it anymore and, in response to a dream, I began making music again.
I started a music production company which funded the building of a studio and gear purchases. But wound up shutting that down to focus on this first record that we released in July (2016). I handled drums, keyboards, and some other more obscure instruments, while guitars and bass were subbed to some of my musician friends and my brother, James Atkinson. I met the lead vocalist, Beau West, through session singer Mike Priebe, and we recorded the release. 10 years later, Evership is officially born.
What does the name Evership signify or mean, and why was it perfect for you guys?
Shane: At one level, intrinsic to the music, are the life journeys I had gone through in the 20 years since leaving the music industry. At another level, the listener will experience their own journey through the music and lyrics. The writing is such that it hits on multiple levels. Our hope is that everyone who takes the time to really listen will find themselves in the story; on the journey, so to speak. We have enough material in our vault for at least four more Evership records so, there is a vast expanse still to explore.
With your new self-titled EP, there are so many very cool things going on. Why did you choose progressive rock, versus some other “lane” in rock?
Shane: Progressive Rock chose us, really. I didn’t write particularly for the progressive genre. In fact, it was more that I could not fit the story into a three-and-a-half-minute song. Of course, influences such as progressive and classic rock, jazz fusion, and classical would tend to cause such an outcome. But, I hold that it is only within the last decade that I was even aware that there was a “Prog” genre. Growing up, I was just the odd man out who didn’t listen to the radio, or whatever other popular music everyone else was listening to. We think Evership finds itself somewhere between Yes and Queen. So, while we understand that the music is most decidedly Prog, it is our hope that the classic rock leanings will make it approachable by anyone while likes (longer form) classic rock as well.