|Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Jordan Griffin - Them Evils|
|Written by Mark Ashby|
|Sunday, 11 December 2016 06:00|
THEM EVILS are a late-night joyride through rock and roll's seedy underbelly. Born in the shadows of neon vice and nocturnal living in Las Vegas, nurtured by the proximity of Hollywood's famed Sunset Strip, and cradled in the same Orange County, California home that has become synonymous to punk attitude and hard-driving rock history, the leather-and-black clad trio pen unapologetic songs that bristle with a nasty energy befitting their name.
Inspired by equal parts of rock giants like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and Queens Of The Stone Age, among others, guitarist/vocalist Jordan Griffin, bassist Jake Massanari and drummer David Delaney pay tribute to their roots with every crushing note on their latest self titled EP, a four-song homage to the unholy goodness that is Them Evils.
"We pretty much made our own scene," Griffin says. "We started out doing straight up rock and roll, and that's what we're still doing... that said, we're always evolving.”
Here, Griffin shares his Midnite Mixtape:
1. ‘Pressure And Time’ - Rival Sons (Pressure And Time)
Jay’s vocals are out of this world and it's a well written song. I could listen to this instead of drinking my coffee in the morning and have a great day.
2. ‘Touch Too Much’ - AC/DC (Highway To Hell)
The whole vibe of this song is sexy and mysterious, embodies what bands lack these days. Bon Scott is one of my favorite vocalists and lyricists. "she liked it hard and she liked it fast.. she liked it done medium rare!".
3. ‘Would’ - Alice In Chains (Dirt)
Melodic and catchy. Layne’s vocals are balls out on the choruses.
4. ‘Hard To Handle’ - Black Crowes (Shake Your Money Maker)
Rock n roll groove and feel throughout the whole songs. Perfect song for these guys to cover.
5. Beat The Devils Tattoo - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Beat The Devils Tattoo)
Such a vibin' song. I feel like I should be chuggin' whiskey in an old bikers club in the middle of nowhere.
6. You Could Be Mine - Guns N Roses (Use Your Illusions 2)
Slash's guitar riffs are killer in this tune. I always thought the drum and bass intro was very creative. These are some of Axl's best vocals.
7. Closer - Kings Of Leon (Only By The Night)
These guys always made the best grooves from the most simple riffs. It's one of those songs that gives me goose bumps every time I hear it.
8. The Wanton Song - Led Zeppelin (Physical Graffiti)
We all know Led Zeppelin is the greatest rock n roll band of all time.... The drive from Page's guitar riff and the dynamics of Bonham's drums are my favorite thing about the song. It's an amazing song to learn on guitar.
9. Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne (Blizzard Of Oz)
Full of Riffage! My favorite Randy Rhoads solo.
10. Lazaretto - Jack White (Lazaretto)
This song is a jam. From the groove of the guitar riff, the jazzy upbeat drums, the fuzz, and the violin solos.
11. Light Of The Morning- Band Of Skulls (Baby Doll Face Honey)
Perfect blend of indie rock and blues! The drums get me movin'!
12. Leper Messiah - Metallica (Master Of Puppets)
Every song on this album is flawless. This one stands out to me the most. I love the solo.
13. Numb - Gary Clark Jr. (Blak And Blu)
Octave fuzz with reverb is my favorite guitar tone! This is another one of those songs that make you feel something inside. So much soul.
Them Evils are currently out on tour in the United States, supporting The Pretty Reckless.