Who Are The Evangenitals?

The Evangenitals. Photo Greg Cohen.

What the hell kind of church service is this?” the LA Weekly once asked of an Evangenitals live performance. 

The Avant-Americana 9 piece sound more like they hail from a rural Appalachian psychedelic dream than Los Angeles, which can be credited to in part to Juli Crockett’s vocals and Zappa-esque sensibility. Unburdened by genres, the band was founded in 2003 by playwright/director Crockett and opera, jazz and gospel singer Lisa Dee, originally as a joke, but they were too damn good to not take seriously.

“The female harmonies between Juli Crockett and Lisa Dee are like the Andrews Sisters re-imagined as tragic mermaids,” said LA Record. 

The Alt-Country band have recorded 4 albums, including Moby Dick: or, The Album (Fluff and Gravy 2014), which No Depression described as “manic, diverse, unusual and creative songwriting and delivery at its best.”

They’ve played all over the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Lightning In A Bottle and The Melissa Etheridge Cruise. 

Joining Crockett on guitar is her husband, Michael Feldman (Cousin Junebug), on keys, Joey Maramba (John Cale) on bass, Andrea Baker (The Moth Mainstage) on fiddle, Cody Farwell (Goodnight Cody) on guitar/lap steel, Danny Graziani (DoSomething) on viola, electric mandolin and harmonica, and Rob Shaffer (Ninja Academy) and Nick Stone (Pixarmonic Orchestra) on drums and percussion.

 

Juli Crockett. Lead singer. Rhythm guitar. Reverend. Photo by Greg Cohen.

Lisa Dee. Vocals and Percussion. Sassy lady. Photo by Greg Cohen.

Andrea Baker. Fiddle and/or Violin. Depending on her mood. Photo by Greg Cohen.

Joey "Fried Rice" Maramba. All about that Bass. Photo by Greg Cohen.

Michael Feldman. Keyboards, Mix Master, Big Daddy. Photo by Greg Cohen.

Danny Graziani. Fiddle. Viola. Harmonicas. Mando. We call him White Lightning. Photo by Greg Cohen.

Cody Farwell, aka Goodnight Cody. Guitars, Straight Steel. Sometimes Bass. Always Sassy. Photo by Greg Cohen.

Robert Shaffer. Drums. Percussion. Ninja. Photo by Greg Cohen.

Nick Stone. Drums and Percussion. Pitched Percussion. Photo by Greg Cohen.

Still from the Evangenitals Turbulent Flow music video. Dir. Sofia Garza-Barba.