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Meet David Delaney of Them Evils in Huntington Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Delaney.

David, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have been playing drums for over 15 years now. After playing with a few groups in the Orange County area, I began searching for a band that was trying to take things to a more professional level. There were many failed attempts at finding a solid group before I received a phone call from a friend about her coworker, Jordan, who was looking for a drummer. After a couple of auditions with Jordan and Jake, they decided that I was the guy for the job and the band was officially dubbed Them Evils!

Over the course of six years, we’ve managed to tour the entire US, Mexico, and Canada. Them Evils have managed to play small club headliners, opening large capacity theaters, and even stadiums on some of the biggest rock festivals in the country. Over this time period, we’ve released three music videos, three EP’s, and now we are promoting our brand new single “Where Ya Gonna Crash Tonight?”.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been easy. There are some examples of bands that have overnight success, but a majority of bands can take 5 to 10 years before obtaining any kind of success. Developing your fan base is a struggle that must be overcome. And to gather fans, you have to tour! Them Evils had been in the local Orange County rock scene for a year or two before we decided that we wanted to start taking the show on the road. We split the country into three territories and started emailing small venues and took whatever shows we could get for little to no money. After establishing a tour route, we emptied out my old work van, threw our gear inside, filled a backpack full of clothes, and started driving.

Since we had never toured before, attendance to shows were low and heavily reliant on opening bands local draw. This affects your merchandise sales and your pay from the club at the end of the night. We barely would make enough to eat and fill the van with gas to get to the next city. We also didn’t stay in hotels, so we’d sleep in the van wherever parking spot we could find. One of us would have to climb on top of the gear and sleep on it. One thing we got lucky with is that the van never had mechanical problems. After going through this process a few times, we eventually hired a manager and started getting better shows and pay. We reminisce on those days and are glad we’ve had experiences like that!

Please tell us about Them Evils.
Them Evils are known for their “classic, yet modern” sound and high energy stage shows. By listening to our newest single “Where Ya Gonna Crash Tonight?” you can hear the intensity that we bring when attending our shows!

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I wouldn’t do anything differently. We’re proud of the work we’ve done to get where we are now. And we are still working to achieve bigger and better things for Them Evils.

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Group photo by Mathias Fau, Live Photos by Banded PR

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