“I’ve got nothing to say, I’ve got nothing new / Not a thing to convey to you”
When a mate and I decided to head along to see King Charles when he was passing through Aberdeen in April, we knew it would be a fun distraction from our impending dissertation deadline. We had a fantastic pop fuelled evening and King Charles nailed the gig, but what we did not expect to come across was such an invigorating and exciting support act. A trio of Parisians took the stage whose beguiling blend of vocal harmonies and electro beats, mixed with solid pop melodies and lengthy improvisations, really stole the show for me. That support act was We Were Evergreen.
The band, consisting of Michael Liot, Fabienne Débarre and William Serfass, have been touring extensively and have made their home in the UK. Touting a formidable number of instruments and swapping between them, they manage to coax the most enjoyable pop tunes from them, as they do on their most recent single, ‘Leeway’. It’s a pretty solid example of their summery brand of bubbly pop music, putting a spring in your step in even the grimmest weather. The vocal melodies definitely show the influence of The Beach Boys (although you could forgivably mistake the opening vocal murmurs for ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’), while the exuberant xylophones bob along on buoyant waves of synths and ukulele strumming.
Really, I’m not sure how much more I can say. Their music is incredibly twee, but there is no denying that it is also incredibly fun at the same time. As they say, ‘You won’t learn anything from this song’. It’s just a bit of fun and it’s a while since I’ve heard such catchy and carefree pop music that avoids veering into sickly saccharine territory. If that isn’t enough to win you over, they’re also a thoroughly nice bunch of guys who were so good as to draw a dinosaur on my friend’s copy of their EP (it ended up looking more like a kangaroo at the end, but it’s the thought that counts, right?).
You can get ‘Leeway’ and other We Were Evergreen tunes on Bandcamp.