Them Evils recently returned with a new single called “Where Ya Gonna Crash Tonight.” It’s a song that Them Evils’ frontman Jordan Griffin firmly stands behind. It’s a huge progression for Them Evils and what Griffin hopes is the first step to carving out their own place in the rock music scene. Alternative Addiction recently talked with Jordan about the new song, working with producer Jim Kaufman, the tragic death of Kato Khandwala, and what he’s done during self-isolation.
“That songs been done for about two months,” said Griffin when asked about the new single. “We wrote it a while back. We wrote with Kevin Thrasher and Aaron Edwards. it was produced by Jim Kaufman. It was written about living life on the road, being spontaneous, and figuring out where you're going to crash. It's about doing fun stuff on tour.”
The new single is part of a bigger body of work that Them Evils has been working on with producer Jim Kaufman.
“We worked on about seven songs, we had about 40 written,” explained Jordan. “We shoveled through the best ones and recorded the ones we thought would be radio-friendly and ones that we thought our fans would like more. Then, we also chose songs that would show a new side of Them Evils and songs that would reach a bigger demographic.”
Fans can expect “Where Ya Gonna Crash Tonight?” to be the first in a line of songs that the band will put out in the coming months. Griffin talked about the plan with releasing music and the eventual endgame once the entirety of the new stuff is out.
“I think we're going to release one song at a time and then when there's two songs left, we'll make an album out of it. We'll probably do that for a tour. People aren't buying CDs, they're buying vinyl. So, we'll put it together for more of a merch thing. We use that as more of a memento, so they'll get all the songs. I guarantee that most people who are buying vinyl aren't spinning it. But it's a cool memento and it's a fun thing to put together and own. I have vinyl and I don't listen to it really because I have a phone and that's convenient. It's more of a collectors thing but when you actually do pop it in, it's a full experience,” he added.
The new music is the band’s first experience working with producer Jim Kaufman, Jordan talked about why the relationship has been beneficial for the band.
“Jim is very hands on. He's good at picking tones. He's got great gear and he's a great guitar guy. He's got a home studio and that's convenient. He's passionate about our band. He's a good match and I feel like the tones and sounds we got for this new record are a step in the right direction and you can tell that it's working with the new stuff. I want to keep working with Jim, it’s a good partnership.”
The reason why Them Evils are working with Kaufman now is because their previous producer, Kato Khandwala tragically died in a motorcycle accident in 2018. Griffin shared his thoughts on working with Khandwala and some of the things that he taught him in the studio.
“It was like losing a fourth member of our band when he died. He was brutally honest when we worked with him. We'd send him ideas to start and he'd pick through them and tell us what was good and what wasn't. He'd change this and that and we'd go from there. He always said be great, make sure the song is great. Don't put anything out that sucks. Even when writing songs, he'd tell us to get rid of stuff that wasn't needed - post choruses and pre choruses aren't needed, just get to the meat and bones. We learned a lot from him.”
Losing Khandwala was a loss to music and it was a loss to Them Evils too. He was focused on songwriting and that’s where Jim Kaufman is very different, he’s focused on sounds and guitars and letting Them Evils find their own way. They’re doing that while actively trying to progress with their overall sound too.
“We've always been a classic rock influenced band, but I feel like that’s fading away. A lot of bands are replicating it. I don't want to do that. I don't want to sound like a band that's already been out. If I want to listen to Aerosmith or something like that, I’ll listen to those bands. I want to sound like Them Evils. It's time to go harder and a bit more modern and appeal to a younger generation because that's who is going to listen to our music and grow old with us.”
Like everybody else, Griffin will have to wait for things to get back to normal in the touring world. Will that take months or years? Nobody really knows yet, what Jordan can do know is what everybody else can do, hang out at home and practice.
“I've been playing a lot of guitar and writing a lot of riffs and starting a lot of songs. We've been doing well with the band and we've been looking at our sound and our songs under a microscope more than we ever have. What should be louder here, what should be louder there, what line sounds good here, and what lyric sounds good there. We've been doing that kind of stuff. It's been a positive experience. It's been a good vacation but I'm ready to get back out on the road and start playing shows again. I've got the itch; I want to go play.”-aa
For more on Them Evils, visit the band's official site ThemEvils.com
To listen to "Where You Gonna Crash Tonight?" https://themevils.fanlink.to/where-ya-gonna-crash-tonight