For Rafferty Swink of Brooklyn psych-soul outfit Evolfo, his band’s upcoming show at Hi-Fi Music Hall in Eugene is a homecoming of sorts.
“I grew up in Ashland,” Swink explains to EW. “Oregon is my home.”
Evolfo is touring in support of its debut EP Last of the Acid Cowboys. The record features fuzzed-out and bluesy Black Keys-style blues riffs and horn arrangements. There’s also chiming Farfisa organ, up-tempo punk-rock energy and dirty soul atmosphere, along with occasional tequila-sweat Latin music grooves.
Swink says the members of his seven-piece band met in college. “We formed in Boston as kind of a party band,” Swink recalls.
“It’s a big powerful sound,” he says of Evolfo’s music. “We’re going for garage rock meets Stax-Memphis soul. But keeping it contemporary, we’re not trying to be a retro band.”
Life on the road is hard enough for small bands, but Swink contends that when it comes to touring, the more the merrier. “It’s fun!” he says of his band’s large lineup. “You don’t have to spend time with literally the same person. You can hang out with the other six people. It’s a blessing in disguise.”
And when it comes to the high-energy, dance-centric live show Evolfo is known for, Swink calls it a “good time.”
He elaborates: “If you like to spend your Saturday night dancing and getting a little tipsy with your friends, come to the show.”
Evolfo plays with Elena Leona Project 10 pm Saturday, Sept. 24, at Hi-Fi Music Hall Lounge; $5, 21-plus. — William Kennedy