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Song You Need to Know: Bob Evans, ‘Born Yesterday’

“It’s a deeply nostalgic song for me, looking back at a stage of my life that feels so long ago now, but at the time it felt like it would last forever.”

Four years on from the release of his fifth album, Car Boot Sale, Bob Evans has returned with his latest track, sharing “Born Yesterday” earlier this month.

His first piece of new material since the release of “Drowning” on his Full Circle compilation, “Born Yesterday” is the epitome of a welcome return for Bob Evans, the musical alter ego of Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell.

As slick and as upbeat as ever thanks to the production of Steven Schram, and the addition of a vibrant sax solo, the track is one that shows Bob Evans showcasing his reflective side, while looking forward and creating a euphoric track rooted in nostalgia.

“I was backstage at a Jebediah gig when an old housemate from Perth messaged me with a link to our old share house we lived in that was for sale,” Mitchell recalls. “We couldn’t believe it when looking through the photos of the house that it hadn’t changed at all since we lived there in the late ’90s.

“What followed was a slew of messaging between us, as well as the other two friends I used to live with in that house. It was my first share house after leaving home and the whole exchange between us and seeing the house again just brought back a lot of great memories from that time and age, my late teens and early twenties.

“It’s a deeply nostalgic song for me, looking back at a stage of my life that feels so long ago now, but at the time it felt like it would last forever.”

Understandably, the track comes accompanied by a similarly nostalgic video, with Mitchell and Arlo Cook creating a clip that serves as a visual representation of the power of memory, with super 8 footage following the Bob Evans tour party through gigs, travelling, and the recording process.

“My friend Arlo Cook has been taking footage of me at shows and in the studio for years and he came in to the studio while we were recording and took footage, not with anything in particular in mind,” Mitchell explained.

“I knew the song would really suit a more abstract kind of video, because it’s about memories, so lots of home made visual snapshots was how I imagined it and then as COVID happened and lockdowns happened, it became more and more obvious that we should make that kind of video.

“So it mixes footage from the last few years with footage from during lockdown.  There’s even a couple of seconds of my two kids at the beach in there as well. It will forever be a document of this strange year we’ve lived through, which I’m really happy to have captured.”

While no details have been released as yet in regard to whether “Born Yesterday” is set to be accompanied by further new material in the future, Bob Evans will however perform a a handful of shows on Saturday, December 12th at The Pelican Bar in Queenscliff.

Bob Evans’ “Born Yesterday” is out now via Dew Process.

Bob Evans Tour Dates 2020

Saturday, December 12th (3:oopm – 5:00pm)
The Pelican Bar, Queenscliff, VIC (18+)
Tickets: The Pelican Bar

Saturday, December 12th (5:3opm – 7:30pm) (Sold Out)
The Pelican Bar, Queenscliff, VIC (18+)

Saturday, December 12th (8:0opm – 10:00pm) (Sold Out)
The Pelican Bar, Queenscliff, VIC (18+)