Evil Bebos Began as a Joke
Nashville’s Evil Bebos have been making a quick name for themselves and their unique architecture of noise and textures. Their tapestry comes from an adoration of Neurosis, as is expected of almost any band doing layered, dissonant orchestrations. But when Evil Bebos first began, there was no intention of being a serious band, or even writing songs; the early Evil Bebos was all improvization. “It almost started out as a joke band like ‘let’s just show up to a show and see how we can freak everybody out,’” guitarist Rob McKinney told Noisecreep of the band’s stumbling beginnings.
It was during these live experimentations that the band began to take form. “We really didn’t have music so it was a place for us to hone our craft,” says McKinney. “We got to know each other and know out instruments better.”
According to McKinney the band didn’t have some meeting and decide to begin writing actual songs and develop structure; it was natural. “I guess we kept jamming at the house and coming up with little riffs here and there and saying ‘this will go good here’ and ‘this will go good there.’”
But with two albums already out improve still plays a role in the band in the live setting. McKinney referred to their first album as “Grateful Dead improv style,” and further explained, “We had so many repetitions and the guitar parts changed with every show. We like to f— around with our songs a bit.”
Already with a third album tracked, the band is beyond ready to release it. “I think the songs are much more intelligently written,” McKinney described it. “It’s not just eight minutes of one riff over and over again.”
One major change on this forthcoming album is that two members have switched roles. Bass player Corey Taylor and guitarist Chris Click traded their instruments as Click is actually a trained jazz bassist and Taylor had been writing acoustic guitar parts with McKinney for the new record. The change made sense. McKinney laughed thinking about the new material and gave a warning, “There are some Neil Young-like parts.”