Evan Thomas Way & The Phasers Reveal Tender New Single "Long Distance"
As frontman for Portland-based folk-rock outfit Parson Red Heads for the last 15 years, Evan Thomas Way is no stranger to crafting narrative-heavy stories embedded in punchy, twangy arrangements. Embarking on a new project aided by his band The Phasers, he does more of this, but in a way that’s shrouded in shadow. His debut album, Long Distance, is dropping next month on Lung Records and Evan recently released its title track.
“‘Long Distance' is a song that has [been] kicked around for awhile, probably seven or eight years at this point. We'd moved from Los Angeles, where we'd been living for about six years playing music, back to Oregon, and were settling into a new pace and season of life,” Evan tells The Music Mermaid, “and I think that is what this song is ruminating on. It's not 100% autobiographical — most of my songs aren't — but it's me meditating on moving to a new state, to a new city, to a new community as if I were someone else..."
“Long Distance” is as earnest as earnest gets. There’s an ache to it, a tenderness palpable in the track’s gentle acoustic opening. It’s a quiet moment cut quickly by the sudden onslaught of a richer, more rock-centric arrangement, but once Evan’s honest vocals come in, we return to the tender timidity of the song’s very beginning. “Long Distance” is marked by tiers — layers of Americana twang add texture to what is, at its base, a fuzzy grunge composition. Searing guitar riffs and heavy reverb coat the track in a kind of fog, bravely waded through by Evan’s touching delivery.