After discovering their mutual longing to create music and an image unlike any other, Ian Bishop and Sophia Anita Reyes formed a guitar-drum-vocal trio who played under the name of “Cleopatra the Alchemist”.
Shortly after the band changed their name to NEW EViL and hooked up with drummer Patrick Nagy, whose current music project was unsatisfying. He was searching for something with a unique rawness to it. Now, with nothing holding them back, NEW EViL began touring local music venues as feverishly as they could, and were soon recognized for their high energy live performance, a skeleton faced lead singer, and genuinely haunting rock songs. Writing over 30 original songs within the span of just a year, the band launched a successful crowdfunding campaign raising thousands of dollars to record their first studio album. After many performances in Los Angeles, the audience’s general reaction was summed up into one statement: “I’ve never seen anything like this before”.