Evergreen: Evergreen (reissue)
Formed from the ashes of local legends Cinderblock in the early 90s and boasting a revolving line-up that would make Spinal Tap blush, the group solidified in 1993 when Britt Walford (Slint, The Breeders, Palace Brothers) joined on drums. A tight mix of percussive guitars, strolling, funky bass and relentlessly catchy drum beats escalated the drunken vocal sways of Sean McLoughlin to immeasurable heights. Equally inspired by Fugazi, Television and The Stooges, Evergreen was a breath of fresh air that only Louisville folks were really ready to breathe. While the rest of the world was too busy going ape shit over increasingly soulless faux-jazz, Evergreen were throwing down party-punk jams to tear the roof down and/or get them arrested for public indecency (that's another story for another time). Recorded in brilliant dance-punk stereophonic mid-fi by James Murphy (now of the DFA), this album seemed like a throwback in 1995. Oddly, it now feels more at home amidst the increasingly soulless faux-garage rock revival. When all is said and done and you are left with nothing but the music to tell the story, it's damned near impossible to tell when it was made and it's even harder to care.