Band holding release party Saturday
The cover of Evry7th’s sophmore album, “Badabababada.” — Submitted image
When they released their first album, a year ago, the members of Evry7th were just interested in letting people hear their sound.
With the release of their current record, “Badabababada,” the guys want listeners to explore the personality of their music, which they’re finally able to define.
“We call it funky flamenco acoustic rock,” said Eren “Turk” Bayazitoglu, the man behind the flamenco part of the band.
Bayazitoglu is a native of Turkey who moved to St. John’s in early 2000 to attend MUN.
He and guitarist/singer Jeremy Walsh ended up staying in the same residence, and started jamming together, recording their first original song on the computer in a dorm room.
The duo met drummer Craig Luscombe at a house party, and the rest is history.
Evry7th — the name based on a Newfoundland saying that every seventh ocean wave is bigger than the ones before it — released a self-titled EP and supported it with gigs around town.
Their music, flamenco-flared rock ‘n’ roll, with jazz/blues influences, earned them a performance in Charlottetown, P.E.I. during the 2011 East Coast Music Awards, as well as two MusicNL nominations: one in the jazz/blues category, the other for Rising Star of the Year.
They didn’t win, but it doesn’t matter, Bayazitoglu said.
“It was like the cherry topping on the cake,” he said. “We’ve just tried to expose people to our music as much as possible over the past year, because it’s such a unique style with east and west influences. Being nominated for not just one, but two MusicNL awards, that was a surprise to us.”
The band’s music on “Badabababada” has evolved since the EP, Bayazitoglu said, with the songs’ different influences coming together stronger.
“It’s not just the flamenco guitar that’s adding flavour to it, but the master of the rhythm and the uniqueness of all the percussion instruments which completes the whole eastern sound,” he said. “This CD has more colour to it.
“It’s such a simplistic structure, it’s only a three-piece, but the guitar sounds like it’s playing a full orchestra in the back. Everybody is trying to put their own signature and contribute their own background to the sound, and when you combine those three, you get the flamenco-flavoured acoustic funk.”
Evry7th is officially launching “Badabababada” with a show at the Majestic Saturday night with special guests Here by Tomorrow and the Isla Flamenca dance troupe. After that, Bayazitoglu, Walsh and Luscombe are heading out on the road, doing gigs at Clancy’s in Stephenville Nov. 10 and The Bar Room in Corner Brook Nov. 12.
Fans can expect mostly original tunes, songs from the CD as well as some unrecorded material, and a few covers.
Evry7th has been known to throw in a bit of The Police or Sade, infused with their trademark style, into their sets.
“Certainly, things are working well for us right now, but we kind of look at being on the road together like kids going out on the first snowfall. It’s exciting,” Bayazitoglu said.
Tickets for Evry7th’s album release party are $7, available at the door or with the purchase of the CD or on the band’s website, www.evry7th.com.
It’s also available at O’Brien’s Music and HMV in the Avalon Mall.