'New Music, New Chapter, and a New Page'
Back in the good old days, like circa 2000, a driven, up and coming indie singer/songwriter like Evan Page could impress fans and industry tastemakers alike with a resume that includes multiple gigs in Seattle, Hong Kong, Ireland, Korea, London, Martinique and her native Vancouver. But here in 2006, that's just ancient history and anecdotal fodder compared to scoring in a realm that has real culturally groundbreaking potential—MySpace.com.
Since she put it up last fall, Page's MySpace page (no pun intended) has been, in her words, “beyond ridiculous,” scoring over 21,000 hits (and counting) by fans who can't get enough of the song and video for “Next Ex,” the tough minded, edgy yet humorous first single from her fully DIY, seven song debut project No Ordinary Girl. Traffic has gotten so heavy on the site that Page hired a team to manage it. The overwhelming response — which includes airplay on college radio stations in Washington and Oregon - has led to quick sales of over 6,000 units of the album.
Page's driven, single-minded spirit is complemented by a raw, totally real production style and songs that perfectly balance serious emotions with a tongue in cheek edge that listeners can giggle along to as they relate. The next potential single from No Ordinary Girl is “Because Of You,” a self-described “anti-love song” which she wrote after a falling out with a creative partner she was also emotionally involved with.
“I came home from this huge argument and wrote it in two and a half hours,” she says. “It's about a person who thinks his working partner can't succeed without him, so I write, ‘in '69, we landed on the moon, because of you…' as if the world wouldn't revolve without that person in it. I write stuff that is very painful and serious, but I always twist it around to be humorous as well. There's a lot of depression in the world, so I don't want to come across as a whiny bitch."
Chatting recently with Evan, and in this new dawn of MySpace.com, I first commented on how fantastic it must have been to first learn that she had scored over 21,000 hits (and counting) in just a few months on her MySpace web page! "I know, its really fantastic! I couldn't believe the response! Very cool, good times, good times! Myspace is a great way to get your music heard, and its done wonders for me!"
But, on the flip side, do you miss the small club touring that once used to be undertaken in getting an artists name out there?! "I still do the small club touring. That's when you have the best fun! And you get to know people more on a personal level. I've met so many cool people from doing small club dates. You get to hang out after you play and we'll all go somewhere else to hang out."
For the Average Joe who may not have heard of you and was thinking of buying your upcoming new CD 'No Ordinary Girl,' how would you yourself describe your sound? "Hmmmm, I would describe it as pop/punk with a humorous edge, ya know, I like to write stuff that makes people laugh. I take serious subjects and twist it to make it funny, everyday battles we face in life, and then pair it with guitar crunch."
Your new title 'No Ordinary Girl' definitely tells it like it is, but perhaps it originates from a more personal standpoint for you? "Yeah, its for sure personal. I was always the weird one in school. I was in the school band and hung out with more of the outsiders. We were always kinda labeled different or weird. Whatever."
If there was one track on 'No Ordinary Girl' that truly encapsulated Evan Page at her musical and lyrical finest, which one would it be? "Well, its a cross between "Because Of You" and "Understanding". They are both describing incidents that happened in my life, but "Because Of You" definitely is more sarcastic and cutting. There is alot of pain there but again, I wrote it from a funny point of view, which is how I am personally alot of the time. It's easier to play off something that hurts me with humour, it deflects and numbs the pain I'm really feeling underneath and makes it easier to bear." Because of You" was very cathartic."
Back when you were doing odd jobs to make a living, you did such things as sold soap and cars! But, were there other less glamorous jobs undertaken, perhaps? "Oh, hell yeah, I worked at McDonalds, got fired from there, seriously. I've worked at Wendys, worked there for two years to save money for my first car.I've also pumped gas at a full serve gas station in Vancouver, and served fast food on rollerskates at Sonic. That was a disaster. A lot of people dismiss these jobs as being easy, but it's hard work! I got fired from most of these jobs. I don't blame them 'cause I sucked."
With regard the artwork on the debut CD, are all the characters portrayed (male and female) all you ... and how many more are hidden in your closet ready to pounce?! "I had so much fun shooting that cover. The blonde and brunette are both me. We tried to make me look like the m/c but it didn't work. I love dressing up as different characters.I worked in theater for a while and was always having to portray really extreme characters so every opportunity I get to be someone else, I take it because its so hilarious to do."
Just for fun, and taking the titles of a couple of your new tracks, please let us know:
'Endless Circles' - When was the last time that you found yourself mentally going round in circles over something ... and what was it?! "Uh ... five minutes ago. I was debating on what to eat for dinner and whether I should take my dogs out for a walk, now or after I watch '24'."
'Dakota' - The place, the vehicle, or the child movie star? "The child movie star, driving in the vehicle, in the state. That's a mind twister. Something out of "Fear and Loathing"."
What '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop/rock song would you love to cover today if asked ... and why?! "For sure, "Rock The Casbah". Great tune, that would be killer!!!"
Lastly, I like Penguins ... do you?! "You mean, for dinner? Or just to hang out with and shoot the breeze?!"
Thanx again for doing this for us today, and we wish you all the best for the future - "Thankyou, it was much fun! All the best to you as well!"
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
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