by Paul Bowers
In the new music video for the song "Pro-Wrestling is Real; People Are Fake" by Charleston hardcore band EVA, a massive, windowless building on North Charleston's Navy Yard is draped with a banner that reads "HARDCORE HEADQUARTERS." Two guys walk toward an entrance while discussing the Insane Clown Posse subculture, but a bouncer stops them in their tracks.
"We wanted to have a big warehouse to show some sort of industrial feel, some corporate environment where people are being churned out like machines," says lead vocalist Ryan Cubillan, who goes by the stage name Rain.
The video, which follows the two guys as they battle a series of villains in Street Fighter arcade style, was shot and edited by Charleston film team Seamless Pictures, who are currently raising money to produce the independent film "A Place to Stay." The video features a cameo by Rick Jimenez, vocalist-guitarist for Long Island mosh monsters This Is Hell, and it also includes live footage from a December show at the now-shuttered Jimbo's Rock Lounge.
The band (pronounced "E-V-A," not "Eva" — Cubillan won't say what the acronym stands for) consists of Cubillan alongside bassist Davone "Black" Curry, guitarist Mark "Dray" Johnson, and drummer Peter "Blizz" Cerato. In September, the group released Chavela, a six-song EP, as a free download on Bandcamp. The tracks combine slam-danceable party-core riffs with confrontational lyrics that touch on religious conviction, delivered in alternating rap-rock staccato and metal yowl.
"Pro-Wrestling is Real; People Are Fake," the fifth song on the EP, is a blistering diatribe against what Cubillan describes as an insular music scene. "We are a hardcore band, but we are often — not just us, but people in general that like hardcore — are often shunned from the community because we're not deemed hardcore enough," Cubillan says.
Cubillan says EVA plans to record a new eight-song album over the summer and do some touring, although no shows are lined up at this point.