Photo Credit: Justin Zweig
Them Evils is a group based out of Orange County, CA, and they are here to liven up the rock world. Made up of Jordan Griffin (vocalist/guitarist), Jake Massanari (bassist) and David Delaney (drummer), Them Evils comprises a down-home rock ‘n roll sound that sends you straight to hell and back as if it were an exhilarating roller coaster ride.
Shockwave had the pleasure of meeting up with Them Evils at Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY, for a quick chat about the festival, their self-titled EP and boobs.
I’m sitting here with Them Evils. Can you introduce yourselves?
I’m Jordan, I play guitar and sing.
I’m David, and I play drums.
Jordan: Jake, our bass player, is wandering around doing something?
Probably eating, it’s dinner time! You guys played Friday at the pre-party, how did that go?
David: That went really well, there was a lot of people. It was at the 4th St Live venue. It was cool, the stage was in the middle of the street. Roads were blocked off. There was a lot of foot traffic coming through there. It was a great show.
And you’re looking forward to playing tomorrow, what do you expect out of that?
Jordan: Yeah, we’re stoked for tomorrow. We open the festival, but we’ve been meeting a lot of people that have heard our music and we’re stoked for all the people that will be there tomorrow.
You are right on track with the down-home rock n’ roll, feel. I love it, it’s a little blues-y to me. Tell me about your self-titled EP, the process you went through on creating that.
Jordan: Well, we produced that with a gentleman called Jesse Barrera, he’s the fill in guitar player for Pierce the Veil, who are playing right now. He was also in My American Heart, he produced that album and the four songs. They turned out really well, we’re stoked on it. That album got us here today.
You did a headlining tour in the summer. How has that been?
Jordan: It’s been a blast, I get to hang out with my two best friends and play rock ‘n roll. I can’t complain. Getting in trouble, we just have to avoid the cops. If we get any criminal activity, we can’t go to Canada and play our shows.
Oh, is that how that works?
David: Anything with a felony related incident, they give you crap at the border.
Gotta cut down on the partying a little bit?
David: The Canada shows are with The Pretty Reckless, and we don’t want to blow that.
Will that be new territory for you?
David: Yeah, we’ve never played out of the country.
Do you plan to go outside of the US, beyond Canada?
Jordan: Next year, that’s in the books. We are going to record again. If it’s not our own tour, then it’ll be with a bigger band but that’s the plan.
What countries are you wanting to visit?
Jordan: Ireland, England. Definitely France.
David: Italy is my favorite.
You’re about to head out with The Pretty Reckless for a two month tour around the US. What are you looking forward to and expecting from this tour?
Jordan: Just exposure, you know?
David: More fans to be made. We get to know The Pretty Reckless pretty well.
Jordan: They’re great musicians, so we get to watch them play every night and soak it all in. We can learn how to be better.
What can fans expect from you when they go to a show of yours?
Jordan: We’re just a rock ‘n roll band. We’re fun, we party. We get nuts on stage, pretty crazy. It’s all high energy, so if you’re not having a good day we are going to make you have a good day.
Do you like to hang out with the fans afterwards a bit?
Jordan: Yeah, always. We sign stuff for people, go get some drinks. We get a free drink supply that way.
That’s the benefits of being a rockstar.
Jordan: The hot moms, with their daughters and such. Meeting new fans. (laughing)
I saw that you had gotten some love on Twitter from Brazil. What other countries has your music reached and what places do you find people are really digging your sound?
David: There’s a guy from Norway that bought all our CD’s and a hat.
Jordan: Norway, there’s a few people that have reached out. Especially in England, we get a few kids from overseas that send us Instagram videos of them playing our guitar riffs. People love music more overseas anyways than they do in America.
David: I think they appreciate it more, because it gets made here and we travel over there to play. It’s a little bit more rural in other parts of the world. Aside from the British, because they make great music. History says it.
What’s been your craziest fan experience?
Jordan: I had a chick last night, she wasn’t crazy but she said “I’ll show you my boobs right now, if you let me hang out with you on your bus.” There were people at the merch table, so she didn’t actually show me her tits.
David: I believe she had said “If I flash them at your set, will you let us party with you?”
Jordan: She came back up after the set and was like “You want to see them?”
So she didn’t flash you at the festival?
Jordan: I’m pretty sure she did.
David: It was crazy last night. I think I saw three different sets of boobs in the course of the whole set.
(laughing) Do you look for that?
Jordan: Not really. If it happens, it happens. But we don’t come out and say “Show your tits.”
David: Maybe when we’re drunk and want to see some boobs that day. (laughing)
Anything you want to say to your fans?
Jordan: Yeah, stay in touch. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Jordan: themevils.com is basically the main source if you want to find out anything about us, or if you want to know how to reach us.
David: The plan is to keep going up, so stay tuned. We won’t disappoint you guys.
Check out Them Evil’s self titled EP on iTunes and hit them up on any social media to find out where they are at. I’m sure they would love to meet for a beer or two.
Photo credit: Kristin Kesterson