EVA PLAYS DEAD

FOR FANS OF: MARMOZETS, HALESTORM, THE PRETTY RECK­LESS

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WHO ARE THIS LOT SKAT­ING INTO OUR LIVES?

That’s Eva Plays Dead! And while that ice might look sturdy, once this quar­tet fire out their no-bull­shit brand of rock, ev­ery­thing – in­clud­ing the ice – will shat­ter be­fore them. Hell, they’re kick­ing up such a storm that their fans are even chang­ing their names.“one guy has changed his name by de­fault to Eva, which is proper men­tal,” laughs front­woman Tiggy Dee. But while 2015’s Sounds Ofthewrit­ten­word EP started to at­tract in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion and scoop them sup­port slots with the likes of Newyears Day, things took a sour twist this year in a way that would truly test their spir­its…

HOW DID IT TURN SOUR?

“KIRK HAMMETT SENT US A PEDAL!”

Ear­lier in 2016, the band had over £3,000 worth of their gear stolen from their van, in­clud­ing guitars, ped­als and bass heads.“it was rub­bish for us for a while be­cause we had to stop prac­tic­ing, and we couldn’t play shows be­cause we didn’t have the gear which was up­set­ting,” re­mem­bers Tiggy.this oc­cur­rence is all too fa­mil­iar with Bri­tish bands at the mo­ment, with the likes of ROAM andy­oung Guns also suf­fer­ing sim­i­lar fates in 2016. So much so, in fact, it put a halt to their mu­si­cal en­deav­ours.“it was a mas­sive hin­drance – we had to push all the new mu­sic back to fo­cus on re­cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing,” says gui­tarist Matt Gas­coyne.at least there was a light at the end of the tun­nel:“one of our fans cre­ated their own Justgiv­ing page and started fundrais­ing them­selves. Dr. Martens even got on board and do­nated £2,000 towards it!” beams Tiggy. But for Matt, things be­came even more sur­real. “We got a Twit­ter mes­sage from this com­pany called KHDK, and I thought it was some DIY, dude-in-the-back-of-his-mum’s-shed-build­ing­pedals, of­fer­ing me a free pedal.” Lit­tle did Matt know this was, in fact, Kirk Hammett from Me­tal­lica’s pedal com­pany.“kirk heard of the story and they sent me over a dis­tor­tion pedal,” Matt beams.“i’m ba­si­cally best mates with Kirk Hammett now.”

SO, THINGS ARE LOOK­ING UP?

Now, with their equip­ment back and their spir­its high, Eva Plays Dead have been given an ex­tra lease of life to prove that they’re one of the most ex­cit­ing rock bands in the UK. Lat­est sin­gle Bones is a straight-up an­them in the wait­ing.talk­ing about their fiery new song,tiggy says:“it’s al­right that peo­ple make mis­takes – we’re all dick­heads, we all do stupid things – but it doesn’t mean we’re hor­ri­ble peo­ple.you’ve just made a mis­take, you can learn from it. It’s just about that as­pect of life.” For a band sup­pos­edly play­ing dead, they’re do­ing a great job of mak­ing rock both sound and feel alive.

(L – R): Seb Boyse (drums),tiggy Dee (vo­cals), Matt Gas­coyne (gui­tar), Zach Shan­non (bass)

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