Evaporators, The
Evaporators, The
Label: Alternative Tentacles
Genre: Rock
Online: Artist Website


The Evaporators won't be taken seriously. They slide down tables. They knock down speakers. They yowl and pound and thrash and...squeak. The Evaporators work hard for their funny.

For well over ten years, The Evaporators have earned a reputation as one of Canada's most entertaining live bands, blending rollicking garage rock with some persistent onstage energy, side-spitting humour, and some very snazzy outfits. Their live shows are not simply concerts: they are raging, out of control parties that make the film Animal House resemble a church picnic. Led by the boundlessly enthusiastic Nardwuar the Human Serviette on vocals and organ, the shows also include an abundance of audience participation and spontaneous stunts that keep the crowd grinning from ear to ear.

Reportedly, The Evaporators formed while Nardwuar and drummer Scott Livingstone were in the midst of doing push-ups in their school gym class. Since then, the band's wacky humour and musical exuberance have consistently set them apart from the hordes of dour bands whose airtight sombreness constrict even the most jaded in society. Instead of taking on serious subjects, The Evaporators dodge them as if they were charging bulls.

Besides Nardwuar and Livingstone, The Evaporators feature guitarist David Carswell of The Smugglers, and bassist John Collins, also of The Smugglers and, more recently, the much-celebrated New Pornographers. In previous years, the band boasted members such as Lisa Marr, known for her current involvement with the Lisa Marr Experiment and for her frontwoman status with now-defunct Vancouver luminaries cub.

While the band's antics may serve as the immediate source of attention, The Evaporators' music is equally deserving of interest. The group's sound draws on a variety of influences, demonstrating a strong comprehension of charged, unadorned rock 'n' roll. For the most part, their songs maintain sharp brevity, barely reaching over a minute in length. It's abrupt, floor-rumbling garage rock with Nardwuar's pitched yowl thrown in for good measure.