EVAN USCHENKO grew up in the small town of Three Hills, Alberta (pop: 3,212), and cut his teeth as a multi-instrumentalist in Michael Rault’s band, playing out an expansive, fuzzy, proggy psych-pop with the likes of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard; and cashing his cheques for playing the guitar at gas stations after the banks had closed.
He’s spreading his wings now and taking flight with Full Time Hobby as Ghost Woman, and he’s got a stripped back, howlin’ punk blues to bring fo’ the good of yo’ soul – watch the video for his debut single, “Demons”, and know that these guitars howl with goodness. Fans of The Black Lips, Jon Spencer, The ’68 should be forming an orderly queue.
His forthcoming Lost Echo’s EP takes its curiously spelled title from a religious tract claiming to reveal the true secrets of the Superstition Mountains, out near Phoenix, a volcanically eroded wilderness area rumoured to be the location of a gold mine lost to time. There’s a tradition in the Apache Nation that this mountain range contains a portal to hell due to winds that whip up and send dust storms out across Arizona.
Evan came across the aforementioned religious tract while sitting out the pandemic down in Arizona, helping his
mechanic brother at his hot rod shop and waiting to get back on the road. Y’know, that title was too good to waste; he knew it would lead the way into the new EP. So he hid out in southern Alberta for two months in a farmhouse-cum-studio and got cracking.
The result, as you can hear below, is lean, mean guitar machine … he’s ready, sho’ thing.
“Demons” is out today on all digital streaming platforms; Ghost Woman’s Lost Echo’s EP will be released by Full Time Hobby on July 16th.