We had the opportunity to catch Evolusion, a fantastic local Greenville band at Gottrocks this weekend. To call them a tribute band does not do this group justice. What they do, better than most I’ve seen, is capture an era and a mood.
For those of us who were teenagers in the 80’s, we grew up in an era with the last of the really big natural arena rock bands before. When I say natural, I mean:
- Before there was auto-tune and all the vocals became plastic sounding,
- Before guitar amp models, where guitarists has to wire up actual amps and effects to come up with a sound that was uniquely their own,
- Before digital audio, where all artist invested in releasing whole albums and then touring to support that album,
- Before cellphones, when we all raised our lighters in the air and sang along instead of holding up phones to take video.
The music defined an era. It was rock tempered by new synthesizers. It featured melody and vocal harmonies that were brought from the experimental 60’s. That era yielded anthems, power ballads, and sing-along songs.
Evolusion is not a typical tribute band. They don’t dress or act like the original artists, and they don’t focus on a single artist.
Instead, they focus on a musical experience that is as close as you can get to hearing the real thing. If you love the music of Styx, Journey, and any of a dozen other guitar & keyboard bands from the 70’s and 80’s you will enjoy this show.
Visit their website at: https://www.evolusion.rocks/