Premiere: Perth legend Bob Evans shares the video for his single Always You
The song - taken from his latest album, Tomorrowland - gains a video ahead of his national tour, kicking off next month.
At this point, Bob Evans is a heavyweight of West Australia's music space - the greater country's, even - with no need for an introduction. Over the last two decades, Bob Evans - the solo project of Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell - has come to define Perth's alt-rock and folk worlds and its continued expansion and evolution, whether it's through his growing discography as a solo musician - his latest album Tomorrowland being his sixth - or fronting Jebediah, who despite having five albums spread across the last 25 years, still remain a consistent go-to amongst the country's festival and live music worlds.
Back in April, Evans released his latest album Tomorrowland, a poignant yet energetic return from the musician that welcomed his more charged record yet, switching into a rockier sound as he continues looking forwards with his sound and songwriting. "I think this is the most electric guitar I’ve played on a Bob record," he said around the time of the album's initial release. "I pretty much had an electric guitar in my hand for every song."
The final result is rich and developed in sound, yet continues to carry the detailed and intimate songwriting maintained throughout Bob Evans' discography and greater legacy; the heavier-footed, electrically-charged instrumentals amplifying the stories shared throughout the album. Always You was one of the songs that came at the beginning of the process as he explains, and is about the closest the musician will get to a contemporary love song, as he details the blossoming relationship between himself and his long-time partner.
"Always You was one of a burst of about four songs I remember writing over a couple of days when I was really starting to get a vision going for what I wanted Tomorrowland to sound like," he says. "The band did a beautiful job of tracking this one live. I can't remember how many takes we did of it. Maybe three or four. We captured a moment, which is what this album was all about trying to achieve."
Today, that moment is translated into a visual world. as Pilerats premieres the video clip to Always You ahead of his national tour, commencing next month. It's an intimate and slightly nostalgic affair, shot by a close friend - Arlo Cook - while he was in Melbourne for the April Sun event series not too long ago. "I have fond memories of St Kilda," he says on the video clip. "It was my entry point into Melbourne when Jebediah first started touring in 1996 as we would stay at the Cosmopolitan Hotel just off Acland Street. I've watched it slowly change and evolve over the last 25 years. We thought it would be cool to try and capture a sense of the place and that warm glow of the sun setting across the bay."
It's a charming and really quite beautiful video clip that as mentioned, captures the heart and feeling that goes into Always You through a bit of a different way. It also - again, as mentioned - preludes his forthcoming tour dates, with shows across the country this June as Bob Evans takes Tomorrowland on the road. You can find those dates - and tickets - here, and take a dive into the video clip below, as it premieres on Pilerats now: