Rob Evil of Evil Army Revs Up For A Comeback
The Memphis-based three-piece thrash band Evil Army was doing well a few years ago; they were touring, had albums releasing on Housecore Records, and were making their way to the top of the thrash mountain. However, after the death of bassist Billy Bones in 2009 and internal struggles, the two remaining members and siblings guitarist/vocalist Rob Evil and drummer Michael Murder were forced to put the band on hiatus. Both musicians have also been imprisoned a number of times since then. Now that they are free to perform, they are ready to take Evil Army from the grave to the stage. I talked with Rob Evil about their new found vigor.
Buick McKane: Did you write a lot of songs while incarcerated?
Rob Evil: I wrote a lot of songs while I was in there. Ideas were constantly running through my head in that place. Especially when you’re locked down for twenty-three hours a day and the one hour you get to go into a cage about 6 by 9 feet. I did almost a month in solitary confinement for some shit I got in to. It’s what they call the hole. Believe me; you don’t want to do no time in that place.
Buick: Did you ever join a prison band?
Rob: Actually the prison got a new warden and they canceled the band so I never did do it. Plus it was a cover band which I’m not too fond of. Especially when the cover songs are Top 40 bullshit.
Buick: Do you have any music you haven’t released yet?
Rob: I’ve got a bunch of new songs that will be on the new album which I plan on recording in the next few months. We have a new seven inch coming out in November on Hells Headbangers Records called “I, Commander” so keep an eye out for that.
Buick: Who is your new bassist?
Rob: We’re auditioning bass players at the moment. I think we’ve found a dude that’s gonna work out.
Buick: You’re going to perform soon. Are you nervous or excited?
Rob: We actually haven’t played a show since I got out. But we’re playing a show in November here in Memphis. I can’t wait. It’s been way too long and I’m ready to get back out there and make this a full time thing again. Definitely excited about getting back out there.
Buick: Is Evil Army back for good now?
Rob: Our drummer Michael Murder just got outta jail last month so we’re ready to get back to it. We definitely plan on going back at it with full force. Losing out bassist Bones a years back, and then my trip to jail really put our plans on hold, but I can’t wait to show people we’re back and don’t plan on going anywhere for a while.
Buick: Is there anything else you would like to say?
Rob: If the timing doesn’t interfere with our recording schedule then I’m going to book a small tour to promote our new seven inch so keep an eye out for that too. We’ll probably be heading to the Midwest and make our way up North in the NYC Area. We have some new merch coming soon including new shirts and embroidered patches so people can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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