The Young Evils are excellent evidence that final products often look nothing like initial intentions. Started as a lighthearted Vaselines-inspired pop duo founded by Seattle record store co-workers Troy Nelson and Mackenzie Mercer, the Young Evils today bear only passing resemblance to their past selves.
After their charming debut album Enchanted Chapel captured hearts far and wide, the duo expanded their sound, enlisting guitarist Michael Lee and teaming up with acclaimed Brooklyn-based producer/engineer Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells, Cults) for the follow-up: the bombastic and wholly rock EP Foreign Spells. Today, brothers Brendon (bass) and Scott Helgason’s (drums) rhythm section provide the back bone to the band’s 80’s inspired angular pop in a way only siblings can.
On November 18th 2014, the Young Evils released the False Starts EP, which was recorded at LA's legendary Sound City Studios and The Kill Room in Seattle. They'll be rejoining Shane Stoneback in the studio to start work on their next full-length album in the coming months.