Creating a Buzz
Evangenitals promote ‘Moby Dick’ CD at Coffee Gallery Backstage
By Carl Kozlowski 08/28/2014
Juli Crockett has lived a rather unusual life with past career incarnations as a published playwright, a professional boxer and an employee of a sex-toy company. So it should come as no surprise that when she started a band a decade ago, she came up with a rather distinctive name for it: The Evangenitals.
A “shape-shifting crew” of anywhere from two to 13 performers, depending on the show, the “avant-Americana band” made a splash by self-releasing its first three albums before releasing its second CD, “Moby Dick,” via the Portland, Ore.-based label Fluff & Gravy. A concept album built around the classic novel of the same name, the new CD expands their sound to even further extremes than before — and they’ll be promoting it at 3 p.m. Sunday with a special matinee show at Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.
“Our label categorizes us as avant-Americana. I know it’s annoying when people say ‘we’re really hard to categorize,’” says Crockett. “We’re rooted in folk, Americana and alt-country, with some klezmer, gypsy, and psychedelic rock. Since we got to put this album out on vinyl as well as CD, we made it blue vinyl to tie in with ‘Moby Dick’ and because it represents the sea.”
An Alabama native who believes that being born in that Deep South “makes everything come out country” in her music, Crockett said she came up with the band’s unusual name when the staff at her sex-toy company was trying to figure out a name for its manufacturing wing and she called the word out. Someone replied that “Evangenitals” should be a band name, and within weeks she had an ensemble playing at Mr. T’s Bowl in Highland Park.
“In hindsight it started as a joke, but as we kept playing music, it made its own kind of sense,” says Crockett. “It’s this combination of the word ‘evangelistic,’ meaning ‘to be passionate about something,’ and genitals, which is where creation comes from, so we’re excited about creation. I just got my PhD in philosophy of media and communications, so I can talk for hours about that kind of stuff.” n
The Evangenitals will play at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2020 N. Lake Ave., Altadena. Tickets are $15. Call (626) 798-6236 or visit coffeegallery.com.