I met Evan in Boston in 2007 at a time in my life of great transition. I was 20 years old and found myself in a precarious position. I found myself technically "surrounded" by musicians from all around the world. I had dreamt of this life for the past several years and the time had finally come. But for the first several months I was finding it increasingly difficult to meet anyone that really shared the kind of passion for LISTENING to music the way I did. Looking back now, I'm sure I was just being a closed-minded little snob but I really was flagging at the time. A chance encounter at our mutual friend Justin's party would prove me wrong. That night was a turning point. I remember Justin introduced me to Evan with the explicit statement that he thought we would hit it off. We spent the next several hours talking about everything from David Bowie to György Ligeti. We ended up leaving the party and walking back to Evan's apartment and staying up all night discussing music. I made the journey from 150 Massachusetts Ave to his apartment on Hemingway countless times over the next six months. Sometimes Evan would call me at 11:30PM and see if I just wanted to come over and talk. These, above all, are the times I cherish the most. Over the course of the next few months, in between listening to records, Evan would occasionally play for me the songs that would inevitably become the bulk of A Space Cadet Shipwreck. What a lot of people don't understand about Evan is that he had a complete vision for these songs. He didn't record them on his computer and try out different parts to see how they sounded. He had a complete and total vision for what these songs would sound like. Sure, we certainly had discussions about production possibilities but the CORE never wavered. Evan was unique in that sense. He admired not only the great songwriters of the 20th century but also the Baroque, the Romantic, the Serialist composers (the list could go on). His passion for the art of songwriting and composition was one of a kind.
Evan and I would eventually hatch a plan. After he graduated from school, the two of us (***eventually to include Tom and Adam***) would move to California, record what would become A Space Cadet Shipwreck and pursue our careers in music. Over the next couple of years, we would go on to finish the record and play some memorable shows in California. I amassed so many memories of our time together out in California.
But when I shut my eyes and think of Evan, I always go back to those late nights at his apartment in Boston. Just Evan and I enjoying the music.
I would like to share some of the earliest demos from Space Cadet Shipwreck.
This first one is an early impromptu recording of Now You Just Wanna Behave. It wasn't the first by any means but it has some candid moments at the beginning that make me smile every time.
Evan Clayburn - Vocals, Guitar
Tom Mitchell- Upright Bass
Scott Ferber - Drums