Oklahoma Evangelicals to sermon Howard’s Tuesday

Mike Robinson and Mike Robinson

Josh Jones describes his band as “Oprah Winfrey meets Jackson Pollock.”

Jones’ band, The Evangelicals, will be performing at Howard’s Club H on Oct. 11.

The Evangelicals have been together for over a year and are promoting their first album entitled “So Gone.”

Jones describes The Evangelicals as a psychedelic rock band.

“We’re a messed up fairy tale,” Jones said. “It’s like, what if your mother gave you juice spiked with LSD.”

Jones and his two bandmates, Kyle Davis and Austin Stephens, grew up in Oklahoma and were influenced by bands that played in their hometown of Norman.

Jones cites musical artists such as Prince, Willie Nelson and punk band Fugazi as the main inspirations on the band’s music.

“When it seems like the world is turning on me, music can be my escape pod to get out of there,” Jones said. “I was just born to rock.”

Since they met in high school, Jones and The Evangelicals drummer Austin Stephens have been interested in creating music.

The “So Gone” tour is the band’s first extended outing on the road.

Austin Stephens is excited to be on his first big tour across America.

“I love the experience of creating new songs and playing them for people,” Stephens said. “Playing music is one of our dreams.”

Many musicians complain about life on the road, but the members of The Evangelicals enjoy seeing the country and playing music in a new location every night.

“Canada was really fun,” Stephens said. “It was also fun to be in New York City.”

A lack of unusual circumstances, however, is plaguing the tour.

Jones wants to play a great show at Howard’s, but is looking for something from Bowling Green residents.

“I’d love to see more crazy stuff happen,” Jones said. “The people of Bowling Green should bring their ‘A’ game and get all the ‘crazys’ to come to the show.”

Although attracting new fans is obviously important for a new band, Jones says it’s not his main goal.

“The goal is never to gain huge amounts of fans,” Jones said. “We try to make music that people relate to, and hopefully, it can affect their lives.”