Bob’s back on his bike with EP .....................

Bob Evans is back on his bike – and ready to get a lit­tle bit coun­try, writes Kathy Mc­Cabe

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BOB Evans won­ders what hap­pened to the teens who trashed the con­ve­nience store in the clos­ing scenes of the Smash­ing Pump­kins’ video for 1979.

Fast for­ward 50 years and those wild kids just might be the silly se­nior ci­ti­zens who star in the de­light­fully naughty clip for his lat­est sin­gle, Don’t Wanna Grow

Up Any­more.

‘‘I loved the idea of old peo­ple hang­ing out, be­ing kids. We were go­ing to recre­ate all the scenes from

1979 but didn’t have the bud­get or the time so we went with the clas­sic of kids hang­ing out in shops,’’ he says.

Evans plays the bored shop as­sis­tant who lounges on the counter as the old folk trash the joint and, er, make out.

‘‘I kinda be­lieve in self-ful­fill­ing prophe­cies and when you’re film­ing, you spend a lot of time sit­ting around do­ing noth­ing,’’ he says.

‘‘I started hop­ing I wasn’t set­ting up a sit­u­a­tion where the record will fail and in two years’ time, I may have to get a job in a su­per­mar­ket. Sit­ting be­hind the counter felt a lit­tle bit too com­fort­able. Not that there’s any­thing wrong with work­ing in a su­per­mar­ket.’’

The con­cept prompts the singer, born Kevin Mitchell, to con­tem­plate his next video sto­ry­board.

‘‘What I should do is my ver­sion of an Amer­i­can R’n’B clip with jet­boats, drink­ing cham­pagne and sur­rounded by babes,’’ he says.

The sin­gle is the lead track from his The Dou­ble Life EP, a sor­bet for fans to en­joy be­fore he re­leases his fourth record Fa­mil­iar Stranger on March 15.

Evans de­nies the EP is a dis­trac­tion to buy time to fin­ish the record.

‘‘It’s not me that’s lazy, it’s the record in­dus­try that’s lazy. Ev­ery­one goes on hol­i­days be­tween Novem­ber and Fe­bru­ary and give you a mil­lion rea­sons why they can’t put your record out,’’ he says, laugh­ing.

The truth is Evans has amassed 40 songs since he re­leased Good­night Bull Creek. In a day and age where the EP gives you a chance to re­lease four or five songs that may not make the al­bum, why not?

The Dou­ble Life ref­er­ences his pro­fes­sional iden­tity as front­man for Jebe­diah, a solo artist and fam­ily life.

‘‘This time, for the first time, I put the songs in or­der be­fore we started record­ing and kept that or­der in mind be­cause I wanted to make a sound­track to the movie in my brain.’’

One of the scenes is father­hood. He and wife Kris­ten have a daugh­ter Ella and de­spite his best ef­forts not to make the EP or al­bum an ode to be­ing a dad.

But when you are a song­writer who chron­i­cles ev­ery­day life, it’s tough to avoid such a fer­tile muse.

‘‘Be­ing a dad . . . yeah, well, there’s one song,’’ he says, laugh­ing.

‘‘I was very de­ter­mined not to overdo that side of things. There is a song there, but you wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily know it’s about my baby.’’

The Dou­ble Life EP is out now. Bob Evans plays Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val on Jan­uary 18-19.

Bob Evans, aka Kevin Mitchell, has re­leased an EP ahead of a new al­bum in the new year.

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