19:30 Doors
19:45 Ady
20:20 Landshapes
21:15 We Were Evergreen
On attending a We Were Evergreen gig you can be struck by the band’s shape-shifting pop songs, which blend folk melodies, electro beats and exotic rhythms – and incorporate instruments from the trumpet to the kazoo.
It’s the product of three musicians from very different backgrounds. Michael Liot and Fabienne Débarre were weaned on the Sixties pop of the Beatles, but have since gravitated to the melodic electro of bands like Metronomy. William Serfass, the son of two classical musicians, grew up listening to Bach and Beethoven.
Some bands break up because of such artistic differences; We Were Evergreen turned them into an advantage. Through them, they’ve create songs that pull in myriad directions – like the way Second Hand begins as a folk-pop ballad and ends as a trumpet-propelled disco track, or how Vintage Car builds from hushed, acoustic beginnings to a floor tom-thumping crescendo.
Juggling between instruments, the band seem to be having as much fun as their audience. William attributes this excitement to the fact that, at the beginning at least, many of the instruments they were playing were new to them. “I’d never played bass before, so I had to learn it on the spot,” he says. “Similarly, a lot of the electronic stuff was new to Fabienne, so we brought a curiosity to our playing.”
The band continue to push themselves today. Whether it’s meticulously rewriting lyrics or obsessing over the right harmonies, they’re only happy when stretching their talents to the full. “That’s why they’ve kept the band as a trio,” says William. “We see it as a game and as a challenge.”
You can hear how this work ethic has paid off on their new EP produced by Ash Workmen of Metronomy fame, released Autumn 2012.

We Were Evergreen