Recently I was chatting with Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos when he suggested I check out a new band with some regional ties called E V Kain. Featuring past members of Hella, Cigar and Broken Bells, E V Kain is an experimental pop-rock trio made up of Jon Sortland (drums/vocals), Brian Belier (guitar/vocals) and Jonathan Hischke (bass). Their two songs posted online (, “Yes No Maybe” and “Sun’s Holiday,” are addicting echo-y pop-based tracks with interesting enough rhythms and changes to keep this easily bored math-rock nerd thoroughly entertained. Seriously people, E V Kain is really fucking good. Think The Police meets Faraquet, if that makes any sense. Dual vocal harmonies, precise guitar picking, complex (yet not overly so) drum rhythms and some of the most bad-ass bass lines I’ve heard in a long time. I’ve yet to see E V Kain live (although I’ve found some videos of them performing unreleased tracks on YouTube), but that will hopefully change soon as they are scheduled to play Old Ironsides on Friday, April 12, 2013 alongside Major Powers and the Lo-Fi Symphony and Ol’ Cotton Dreary. The show starts at 9 p.m. and is $5, 21-and-over only. We hope to have more E V Kain coverage here in the pages of Submerge as we learn more about their release schedule, so keep an eye out for that. You can also visit for more information.

    Jonathan Carabba

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