Jessie Evans

Jessie Evans
With Toby Dammit

JESSIE EVANS was born in Ft. Bragg, California, the oldest of 6 children. From a young age she was eager to learn every instrument she could get her hands on, beginning at age 4 with the violin. She thought it was classical training that she was after but this grew boring and she was eventually kicked out of the school marching band in the 7th grade for being on acid. At 16 she left home and ventured out of America, traveling to London, Dublin, Amsterdam and across Spain playing sax on the streets and sleeping in the backyards of abandoned orchards. Eventually she made her way back to San Francisco where she began playing in a number of noisy artpunk groups...

From 2000-2002 she played saxophone in free wave noise terrorists SUBTONIX, an all girl garage/goth quartet whos screetching bass and sax driven escapades released 1 album and 3 singles.

In 2002 she formed THE VANISHING, a trio lead by her on her bass, voice and sax. Their dark futuristic sound was excelled by her wild, shimmying stage presence and their live shows never failed her the opportunity to put the dance floor on its heels. Several US and European tours, three albums, and numerous singles left audiences crying for more.

In 2003 she formed AUTONERVOUS as an outlet to explore a more electronic sound. First incarnation was with BILLY BATES (ZONETECH, VANISHING). A split cassette release, later issued on 12" entitled "Fetalities" and several shows in warehouses ensued. The music was lo fi and captured in spirit the decadent exstacy one could imagine dancing their heart out in dark basements under strobe light with saxophones lulling circus freaks into a frenzy.

Later in the year she collaborated with Portland Legends GLASS CANDY, and in 2004 she moved to Berlin where she teamed up with HANIN ELIAS (singer of ATARI TEENAGE RIOT) for some remixes and the release of the final VANISHING album "Still Lifes."

She then went on to form a moody cabaret duo with BETTINA KOSTER, (singer/sax player from the 80's cult group MALARIA!) who she had met 20 minutes after arriving off the plane. The chemistry on stage was so great between the two that they decided to postpone their respective solo albums to make one together. The resulting: AUTONERVOUS: BETTINA KOSTER AND JESSIE EVANS was recorded in the winter of 2005 in Berlin and connects these two women from different generations and cities in a whirlwind heat-wave of passion and violence. Some might say that this project was the climax of her interest in new wave music, since growing up into this climate, yet having "missed the boat" by about 20 years, it was through this collaboration that she found the connecting spark which was able to close this chapter.

JESSIE is currently living in Berlin and playing live shows with drummer TOBY DAMMIT (IGGY POP, SWANS). This summer she traveled from the former broadcasting and communications center of the DDR in Berlin to the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico to produce her first solo album. TOBY DAMMIT joined her in (and out of) the studio with his exotic array of live drums and percussion. Other guest musicians so far include BUDGIE (SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES, THE CREATURES), NAMOSH (Berlin), MARTIN WENK (CALEXICO), CHLOE GRIFFIN, SUN CHOIR OF THE HIMMEL (Berlin), NINOS DEL SOL (Tijuana), and THE EXTRA ACTION MARCHING BAND (Oakland/San Francisco). The album is still in the works, being recorded both in Berlin by THOMAS STERN (CRIME AND THE CITY SOLUTION/EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN) and mixed in Tijuana by PEPE MOGT (NORTEC COLLECTIVE, FUSSIBLE, LATINSIZER).

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