A few weeks back, I had a conversation with the owner of Ernest Jenning Record Co, a Brooklyn-based record label that earlier this year released Givin’ Up On Free Jazz, The Everymen’s excellent sophomore full-length. When speaking of the band’s singer and guitarist Mike V., he said, “I’ve never met a person who truly believes in rock and roll as much as that dude. He’s magic.”
At a time when—oh god, it feels silly to even type this—rock and roll has sort of fallen out of fashion, that deep, unshakable faith feels more important than ever. It was on full display when he, along with singer Catherine Herrick and saxophonist Scott Zillitto (a mere 3/7 of the band), stopped by our office to play a few songs and chat a little—about how they got their start, how they reconcile their extreme Jersey Pride with the fact that most of them live in New York, and much more.