In the age of the downloadable single, Evermore is
about to release a concept album. Shane Gilchrist discusses
creative deliverance and the dangers of taking yourself too
seriously with frontman Jon Hume.
Dann, Jon and Peter Hume of Evermore.
As far as sobriquets go, "The Ringleader" fits Jon Hume quite
The singer, song-writer and guitarist for Melbourne-based
band of brothers Evermore, Hume is also the producer of the
group's new release, Truth Of The World: Welcome To The
Show, a 13-song concept album that, in the age of the
downloadable single, is both commercially and creatively
Having built a career on radio-friendly pop singles such as
Light Surrounding You, It's Too Late, Running and Come To
Nothing, Hume and his brothers, drummer Dann and bass
player/keyboardist Peter, have taken a detour from the
Instead they have pored over some of their favourite albums
of the past and mixed classic rock histrionics (perhaps minus
the guitar solos) with the pulsating textures of modern
electronica. And it comes complete with a future-world
narrative in which a single media giant dominates
civilisation by spoon-feeding propaganda and inane
entertainment in equal measure.
"It's nearly three years since [previous album] Real
Life came out and over that time we've gradually
developed this new album, which has quite a different sound,"
Hume explained via telephone during a brief visit to Auckland
last week. "For us it seemed a fairly smooth evolution, but I
guess from an outsider's point of view it is quite sudden.
"I think we just wanted to challenge ourselves and explore
something new as a band. A concept album is something we've
wanted to do for a really long time. We grew up listening to
some really cool albums," Hume says, running through a quick
inventory that includes The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely
Hearts Club Band, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the
Moon and The Wall and The Who's Tommy and
Hume says Truth Of The World has also been influenced
by Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451 as well as visits
to the United States and United Kingdom.
"It was a lot of fun to imagine. We spent a lot of time
reading trashy tabloid stories from the UK and US mainly and
incorporating those ideas into our lyrics and songs. I
remember when we were in America working on our last record;
there were these non-stop ads for pharmaceuticals for every
ailment you could imagine. That managed to make its way on
there as well."
Like many concept albums, Truth Of The World uses a
third-person narrative to explore its various themes. The
approach allowed the group plenty of room to roam, whether it
is from the perspective of The Ringleader (Jon), right-wing
newsreader Donovan Earl (as played by Dann) or the Soldier