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
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
‘‘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.