Photo Aaron Richter
One could ghettoize Evi Antonio and cite him as just another supplier of lo-fi bedroom pop, but with the irreverent way he layers PG-13 nursery rhymes over a carousel of synth-assisted sounds while perpetually seeming to have just inhaled a bunch of helium, his version sounds a little more whacked-out than everyone else’s.Spread over a mini orchestra of toy-sounding instruments, the playfulness of songs like “Pipsqueak” brings to mind The Unicorns or Of Montreal. His Facebook page coaches, “You MUST not give a fuck.” And if he truly doesn’t, it’s working out really well.
Favorite NYC venue?
Glaslands is the truth, ruth!
What New York band from the past has had the biggest influence on your sound?
Simon and Garfunkel or, not a band, but Tim Sweeney/WNYU’s “Beats in Space” was crucial in the early 00s.
Favorite song about NYC?
“Walk on the Wild Side.”
On tour for a month, what album would get the most play in the van?
My friend Jamie wilds out to New Kids on the Block in his Prius. I guess that’s not a van, but we did drive it to a show once.
Ideal four-band bill
Joanna Newsom, Kreayshawn, Salem, Cat Power.
Ideal four-band bill (dream):
Juan de la Cruz Band, Stereolab, Skinny Puppy, Elvis.
If you had to relocate to another city, where would you go?
Anywhere but LA.