BIO AND PRESS
Nick and Will Evans, alongside Zach Blount comprise Charlottesville-based indie band Stray Fossa. Drawing on mixed musical inspiration absorbed from parents’ record collections, the trio got their start organizing regular free concerts in their hometown of Sewanee, Tennessee. Today, after a six-year hiatus, their creative process has reemerged in the face of opposing artistic tastes, yet shared obsession to make more sound than one would expect from a three-piece.
“Heavy on atmosphere and hypnotic vocal harmonies” the band pools ambient bass and guitar layering with shimmering vocal washes to craft songs that hover somewhere between modern garage and indie pop with a varnish of nostalgia for what hit the airwaves in the 60s and 70s. The Evans brothers’ lyrics float on top—at times an intimate narrative and other times mixing pointed observation with subtle and unassuming commentary on human behavior and complacency.
The band's debut EP, "Sleeper Strip" (2018), garnered praise from notable blogs and magazines, such as The Wild Honey Pie, Obscure Sound, Whurk Magazine, Look Up Records. Compared to the likes of Beach House, Real Estate and The War on Drugs, the release yields a “nocturnal vein of rock with strong melodic elements” – a “heart-rending blend of garage rock and dream pop” with “consistently superb vocal deliveries throughout.” Outlets were quick to applaud the songwriting, home recording and self-sufficiency in music production.
Stray Fossa's third single, "Commotion," released in September 2018, received positive reviews as a "compelling unconventional" take on shoegaze and was placed into heavy rotation on Spotify's Fresh Finds playlist. Following a successful stretch of shows up the east coast, including stops in New York City, Philadelphia and Boston, the band released their fourth single, "Swells," in January 2019.
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Stray Fossa is a New Band With a Long History - Cville Weekly
New Music: Stray Fossa "Commotion" - Yack Magazine
Buzzing Daily: Listen to "Miss the Darker Nights" - The Wild Honey Pie
EP Review "Sleeper Strip" - Look Up Records
Top Tracks "Miss the Darker Nights" - Belwood Music
Premiere: Stray Fossa - "Sleeper Strip" - Obscure Sound
September 2018 Album Roundup - Whurk Magazine
"Bear the Waves" single review - American Pancake
Stray Fossa - "Bear the Waves" - Happy Pairings
Music Monday Playlist II - The Girls at the Rock Show
Stray Fossa Release New Single - Music Injection
VA shows you must see this week - RVA Mag
PRAISE FOR "COMMOTION"
‘Commotion’ is only the band’s third release but it seems that they already have their sound utterly dialed. This latest single is a breezy stroll of a track that swoons its way through delicate bridges and smooth choruses leaving the listener (me) almost completely relaxed.
Full of dreamy bridge sections, layered vocals, and a powerful drum track (fun fact: drums were recorded in one take on a fateful, lonely evening), this one certainly embodies Stray Fossa’s ethos.
This percussion dominant track from American trio Stray Fossa is compelling unconventional shoegaze, that's quite experimental in parts, messing around with various tempos and dynamics to create an ethereal composition. It feels refreshingly new and distinctive, with crystal clear production, layered vocals and jangly guitars.
PRAISE FOR "SLEEPER STRIP"
Stray Fossa has been putting together some excellence of their own of late, releasing debut EP Sleeper Strip earlier this fall to give us all a taste of their pensive UK-style tuneage. It borders on shoegaze, but the way frontman Nick Evans’ voice sits above the multi-layered guitars is so strong and assured that the end result is closer to pre-shoegaze UK guitar slingers like House Of Love and The Chameleons.
- RVA Mag
“Whether ‘Miss the Darker Nights’ is a commentary on contemporary American politics or the Information Age’s fast-paced nature, its lilting, nostalgic guitar licks invite the listener to slow down and breathe: “Take a deep breath, inhale it”
Sleeper Strip "features impressive songwriting techniques filtered through shimmery textures. The end result is a heart-rending blend of garage rock and dream pop"
"Heavy on atmosphere and hypnotic vocal harmonies...the EP is a surefire success."