“On any given night in Los Angeles, you can find people losing their minds in pursuit of the dream.” -Brian Vernor, photographer upon seeing NEW EViL for the first time.
” …a formidable poltergeist of sound and fury, exuding the confidence and fervor of a band that worships at the altar of Rock n Roll. The energy of their live shows is enough to rouse the dead scenester within you. Their singer, Sophia Anita Reyes, is a unique and charismatic front woman who evokes a goth hybrid of Ann-Margret and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, striking in both appearance and fists.” – The Rise of NEW EViL, By Tony Lee Jackson, Zillahaus.com
This is the story of NEW EViL, a band of musicians brought together by the graces of Craigslist…
After discovering their mutual longing to create music and an image unlike any other, Ian Bishop and Sophia Anita Reyes formed a guitar-drum-vocal trio who played under the name of “Cleopatra the Alchemist”. Shortly after, they met Joe Mitchell, a bassist who was unaware that his current band broke up. Ian and Sophia broke the news to Joe strategically and adopted him into their band. With the new addition to their lineup, the band changed their name to NEW EViL. Finally, the group was able to secure a reliable drummer, Patrick Nagy, whose current music project was unsatisfying. He was searching for something with a unique rawness to it. Now, with nothing holding them back, NEW EViL began touring local music venues as feverishly as they could, and were soon recognized for their high energy live performance, a skeleton faced lead singer, and genuinely haunting rock songs. Writing over 30 original songs within the span of just a year, the band launched a successful crowdfunding campaign raising thousands of dollars to record their first studio album. After many performances in Los Angeles, the audience’s general reaction was summed up into one statement: “I’ve never seen anything like this before”.
Vocals by Sophia Anita Reyes.
Ian Bishop on the guitar.
Patrick Nagy Drums
Joe Mitchell Bass