Review Summary: A short, but sweet EP from a band that truly had potential in the French emo scene.
Eva-01 were a French screamo group from Lille, France. The band had a short-lived run, from 2006 to 2009, yet managed to release a few songs during these three years via a split with Edison Post and this 3-song, 17-minute EP.
While hailing from the same country as other European emo giants such as Daitro
and Sed Non Satiata
, Eva-01 (named for a Gundam anime robot) alter the formula a bit by adding a keyboard/synth/piano/etc player. While this may seem gimmicky, it actually adds emotion to the band's sound, demonstrated especially well in opener and highlight "1977 - 2004". This song starts off with the fairly standard post-rock-esque clean guitar strumming, then slowly progresses in passion (and distortion) until it erupts into a beautiful, firey track led by the group's multiple vocalists. The song then winds down with calming keyboard effects and guitar riffs, before ending in an explosion of emo fury. "Dita Puntate", the shortest song on the EP, starts out with screaming accompanied by drums, then continues into a fast-paced riff section complete with keyboards that evoke an almost black metal-ish atmosphere. The track carries on in a similar fashion as "1977 - 2004", balancing melody with dissonance, until feedback segues into the final, slow-burning track, "Juste un instant, les coeurs Ã* l'unisson". This 8-minute song borders on gorgeous, featuring juxtapositions aplenty of clean, melodic passages with furious yet slow riffing and in-your-face screaming. The keyboards are more pronounced on this track than "Dita Putante" and work more than adequately in reinforcing the mood of the song. While repetitive, it doesn't get boring, and is a great closer to this EP.
While the band is not crazily talented, it certainly gets the job done, with each member contributing on their instrument accordingly and without flashiness or over-the-top playing. The songs are produced well, with guitars, bass, drums, vocals, and keys coming through the speakers loud and clear. Despite its brevity, EP01
is enjoyable and should be appreciated by fans of modern European screamo. Unfortunately, a blog post from their myspace in 2009 stated that "Eva-01 no longer exists" leaving us to wonder what could have been in their future.