Nick and Will Evans, alongside childhood friend, Zach Blount, cut their teeth experimenting with elements of classic British pop pulled from family record collections, at the same time developing an ear for the lyrical storytelling traditional to the Appalachian music-scape in which they grew up. A renewed effort to achieve compromise amidst opposing artistic tastes continues to drive their creative process. Having spent six years pursuing independent musical projects while living apart in the US, UK, and Germany, the band’s debut release, Sleeper Strip, speaks to this ongoing effort both in theme and craft. Entirely home-recorded and self-produced, the EP is a testament to their collaborative songwriting and self-sufficiency in music production. Read More
All three are originally from Sewanee, Tennessee. Sleeper Strip marks the band’s first release since regrouping in Charlottesville, Virginia in early 2018.
Stray Fossa can be defined by a shared desire to make more sound than one would expect from a three-piece. “Heavy on atmosphere and hypnotic vocal harmonies” the band carefully pools ambient bass and guitar layering with shimmering vocal washes to craft songs that hover somewhere between modern garage and indie pop with a varnish of nostalgia for what hit the airwaves in the 60s and 70s. The Evans brothers’ lyrics float on top—at times an intimate narrative and other times mixing pointed observation with subtle but unassuming commentary on human behavior and complacency.
Upon its release in late 2018, Sleeper Strip garnered praise from notable music blogs and magazines, such as The Wild Honey Pie, Obscure Sound, Whurk Magazine, Look Up Records and others. Compared to the likes of Beach House, Real Estate and The War on Drugs, the three-track release has been described as a “nocturnal vein of rock with strong melodic elements” – a “heart-rending blend of garage rock and dream pop” with “consistently superb vocal deliveries throughout”. Outlets were quick to applaud the songwriting as well as home production and recording. Stray Fossa’s third single, “Commotion,” released in September 2018, received positive reviews as a “compelling unconventional” take on shoegaze and was placed into heavy rotation on Spotify’s Fresh Finds and Fresh Finds: Six Strings playlists. Following a successful stretch of shows up the east coast, the band released their fourth single, “Swells,” in January 2019.