This week the music community lost a very special person. Chris Evans was a friend of mine. He was a friend of a lot of people. He was a brilliant musician and a great songwriter. I first met him when he was working with Mike Harries, doing the sound for a ton of gigs, focussing on making others sound brilliant. Many great artists – Chris Mills, Jesse Sykes, Richard Buckner – were made greater by Chris’s care and attention behind the sound desk. He was generous like that.
Some musicians are very ego driven and focussed only on their own work. Chris was the opposite, he supported and encouraged others, sometimes letting his own work take a back seat. He was also deeply moved by the music he saw. He cared about music. He knew it was important. We’d worked together a few years ago and were planning to do so again. The photo is from a recording session we did in 2005 with Mike in Sale. Chris is reading Nietzsche.
Chris was passionate and principalled. His album ‘Search for the big nineteen’ by Chris Evans Collective is very aptly described as “an impassioned and political work of 80s inspired new wave and indie rock.” You can hear it here or buy it here. These are songs that expose the banality of small town life and the traps that poverty can bring. The poverty of low expectations. It’s a great record. He was a great man. I’ll miss him.