Evans The Death – “Don’t Laugh At My Angry Face” (Stereogum Premiere)

Young London quartet Evans The Death will release their second album Expect Delays this March, and today we share its tremendous lead single. “Don’t Laugh At My Angry Face” is a gnarled, twisted version of the sort of anxiously cheery pop song Los Campesinos! are known for. The track lumbers along something like triumphantly, a ’90s alt-rock singalong drunk on its own tears. Boy-girl harmonies and organ swells give way to off-kilter guitar leads worthy of Jonny Greenwood, and what begins with a memorable turn of phrase — “This is my angry face/ Don’t laugh at my angry face” — eventually rises into wordless refrain climbing a jagged staircase into the sky. It’s quite a statement, and it portends big things for the rest of the LP. Listen below.

Expect Delays is out 3/10 on Slumberland/Fortuna Pop!