Bonding over beer and Bailey’s serving preferences (we’re firmly in the no-ice camp), we meet Bristol reggae and dub trio Evermoor Sound in the back room of Old Market’s To The Moon. Shuffled up together on the leather sofas, the two boys Dan and James scrunch shoulder-to-shoulder with vocalist Summer, creating a wall of togetherness that is very much projected into their music.
Deriving from an old school friendship and blossoming into a little family, Evermoor originated on the streets of Bristol and continue to represent the city’s underground through their releases, record label and regular dub and reggae nights.
Evermoor originated on the streets of Bristol and continue to represent the city’s underground through their releases, record label and regular dub and reggae nights
With a solid six years of sound creation and vinyl selection behind them, fronted by an explosive first show at St Pauls Carnival in 2011, Evermoor Sound have invested their time, money and hearts into the creation of their music and spreading their message of peace and acceptance throughout Bristol.
Beginning initially with just James and Dan producing instrumental reggae and dub, Evermoor Sound has grown to include vocalist Summer, plus an extended Evermoor family. The now-trio not only create tunes together, they also live together.
Beginning initially with just James and Dan producing instrumental reggae and dub, Evermoor Sound has grown to include vocalist Summer
‘She’s a late addition, we found her on the street,’ James chuckles and nudges Summer in the ribs. ‘We couldn’t be without her though. After we found Summer, everything just clicked. She brings our music to life with her lyrics and I feel like we truly support and lift each other up as a group to achieve greater heights. She was the missing piece of the puzzle; Summer transformed the instrumental music we were making and put the Evermoor stamp on it with her vocals.’
Summer explains: ‘I moved to Bristol three years ago and I wanted to put on my first event in the city. So I booked the boys after seeing them at Dub Lounge and we fell into contact. A few months later they came into Shake, Wrap, Roll, where I work and we got chatting about housing. We ended up finding a place to live together and started jamming some tunes.
I’ve always been more of a writer and sung a little bit on the side, but we ended up experimenting and recording a tune together,
‘I’ve always been more of a writer and sung a little bit on the side, but we ended up experimenting and recording a tune together, which led onto doing the vocals at my first gig with Evermoor at Bristol Dub Club.
‘That was years ago, but we certainly couldn’t be without each other now. I wouldn’t be able to do any of what I do today without the boys. Their music has given me a platform to develop my singing and writing, and their support has given me the energy to perform like I do. We feed off each other’s energy.’
Inspired by the deeply ingrained reggae-rub soundsystem culture in Bristol, combined with a love of skate culture and a youth spent listening to hip hop, Dan and James created Evermoor Sound as an outlet both for their music and as a way to project their positive values.
With the city’s underground providing a perfect platform for their sound, Evermoor begun a successful journey, which has today grown into their Dub Theories record label and regular residency of the same name at Bristol reggae hub Cosies.
Bristol has always been the home of reggae and dub, and the soundsystem culture here is so embedded within the underground scene, it’s like a family
‘Coming from Norwich, where the soundsystem culture is more based in jungle and drum and bass, Bristol was a breath of fresh air for me,’ says Summer. ‘To me Bristol has always been the home of reggae and dub, and the soundsystem culture here is so embedded within the underground scene, it’s like a family. There’s such a close-knit, family scene, and I really love that about Bristol.’
Dan agrees: ‘Without a doubt in my mind, if it wasn’t for Bristol, Evermoor Sound wouldn’t be around. The love and support you get from the beautiful people on the scene gave us the confidence and capacity to open our hearts and project our sound out there into the city. When we were younger, we would go to the dances and come back feeling so inspired by the passion and the vibe of the city, and isn’t that what it’s all about? It set me on fire and still does.’
We would go to the dances and come back feeling so inspired by the passion and the vibe of the city, and isn’t that what it’s all about? It set me on fire and still does
By consciously embodying the positive energy and peaceful vibes of the millennial reggae revival movement, Evermoor are striving to create music that inspires a better world.
Dan continues: ‘The original message of roots music back in the 1960s and 1970s is still so relevant today. We want to produce music that people can really relate to. Music that makes you really feel something and that exists to let the world know how you’re feeling. We want to produce something real, something positive that inspires other people to create and to have their voices heard. Music is so personal, it’s a precious piece of your heart that can be so inspiring and rewarding but it can also be an escape. We are striving to create music that is socially relevant but honest and peaceful.’
With two records currently recorded and available on vinyl, plus a handful of tunes available to stream online, Evermoor have big plans to get their material down with some serious studio time. Juggling fulltime work, festival season and playing live shows at their resident Dub Theories night at Cosies isn’t proving easy, however the group are determined that the next step for them will be an album release.
‘We have all the material there, we’ve just got to find the time to put our heads together and get it recorded,’ says Summer. ‘An album is on the horizon for us. All the pieces are there and we’re really excited for it to come together.’
An album is on the horizon for us. All the pieces are there and we’re really excited for it to come together.
‘It’s only getting bigger and better,’ James adds. ‘We hope that in the future an album will open doors for us. The Evermoor studio that we’re putting together is expanding. We want to put as much music out there as possible and on a much bigger scale, to access as many people as we can. We want to show people what we have to offer and keep doing shows, keeping the Evermoor spirit alive.’
The Evermoor studio that we’re putting together is expanding
With festival slots in the pipeline at Shambala and Boomtown, Evermoor Sound are planning to be back in Bristol full force and causing some damage by September. Look out for them appearing at Bristol Dub Club in the autumn, and continuing their brilliant collaborative Dub Theories nights at Cosies.
Words: Molly Chinner
Photography: Dominika Scheibinger