We had the good fortune of connecting with Evan Lei & Faith Allen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evan Lei, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
With the closure of music venues, we’ve been able to focus more on creating and relaxing together as a band. We miss the hustle of playing shows every weekend but are happy to have more time to take things slow. Music comes from everyday life, so it’s important to embrace the mundane in order to move forward with our art.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Our music is the comfort of a car ride through a scenic landscape. We’ll guide you through the twists, the turns, and point out all the best viewpoints, but you can always lay back and just enjoy the ride. It’s our goal to blend the eclectic musical tastes of each band member. I know that’s a big part in our success so far. Balancing five strong personalities can be difficult sometimes. We push back on each other’s ideas and even bicker at points. But, at the end of the day, we come together to serve the music. Our common goal is to create music that touches us all. We hope that everyone listening can feel that too. We just released a song called “Enough” with an accompanying music video. “Enough” is a song for the angry and the hopeful. It’s for the optimist who knows that critique is a true form of care. While we may not all agree on politics, there are basic human rights we are all entitled to and we must fight to uphold those rights in the face of injustice. With over 30 handmade signs and 50 participants, the music video shows that the time for change is now.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Red Rocks is a highlight of Denver, of course. We always tell people “It’s better than you think.” The first time we visited the venue, we were floored by its beauty — not to mention the amazing music! We make a point to bring visitors there, even just for a hike during the day. It’s such a shame to miss out on the 2020 Red Rocks season and we can’t wait to get back there as soon as possible. Lost Lake, Larimer Lounge, and BarFly are gems in the Denver music scene. We love to end our nights there by grabbing a drink and listening to local talent. We love walking the streets of South Broadway, stopping into shops, grabbing some food, and browsing the Goodwill and Arc. Another favorite spot is the Tattered Cover on Colfax. The building is unique, cozy, and a great place to stop and read for a bit. If someone is in town for just one night, U.S. Thai is our first pick for dinner. If you love spice, this is for you — just work your way up to the Thai hot.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Denver music scene is so supportive, and this is reflected in its jam culture. Every jam is full of amazing musicians who are kind and willing to help one another. The Local 46 was our favorite spot to jam, but it recently closed it’s doors for good . We will miss hanging out and playing music there on Tuesday nights. Our success and many other homegrown bands’ successes are due to places like this, so we urge everyone to support local businesses to keep our communities thriving.
Live Performance and Marquis Photos: Bryce Carlyle (@lyd_media) Living Room Photo: Malena Roberts (@bspk_creative)