The Young Evils

The Young Evils are a Seattle band.

The Young Evils, a rock outfit hailing from Seattle, Washington, are excellent evidence that final products often look nothing like initial intentions. Started as a lighthearted Vaselines-inspired pop duo composed of record store co-workers Troy Nelson and Mackenzie Mercer, the Young Evils today bear only passing resemblance to their past selves.

After their charming debut album Enchanted Chapel captured hearts far and wide, the duo expanded their sound, enlisting guitarist Michael Lee and teaming up with acclaimed Brooklyn-based producer/engineer Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells, Cults) for the follow-up: the bombastic and wholly rock EP Foreign Spells. Today, brothers Brendon (bass) and Scott Helgason's (drums) rhythm section provide the back bone to the band's 80's inspired angular pop in a way only siblings can provide.

On November 18th 2014, the Young Evils will release the False Starts EP recorded at the legendary Sound City Studios in Los Angeles and The Kill Room in Seattle, Washington before rejoining Shane Stoneback in the studio to begin work on their next full-length album.

Troy Nelson, Mackenzie Mercer, Brendon Helgason, Michael Lee and Scott Helgason.

Photo Essay: Lush and the Young Evils at the Showbox - Three Imaginary Girls

If you missed our show with Lush at The Showbox, here's a great recap of the events from that magical evening. Thanks to the always wonderful Brady Harvey and the incredibly awesome Three Imaginary Girls. As a wee pre-teen in ’96, my first introduction to Lush was “Single Girl“ off a free comp called Alternative Summer. It was a swift 90s pop number with gorgeous girl harmonies, jangly riffs, and an abrupt finish that called for an immediate replay on my boombox. This track along with Ash’s “Goldfing...

Bothell Block Party and Brewfest - Alumni Events - Alumni - UW Bothell

Hey friends! We are playing this brew fest on Saturday! You should come!! There will be beer and bands and fooooooood trucks! You can register below <3 The University of Washington Bothell has over 12,000 members. Join us for events and networking.

Being lushes with Lush.

Lush | Showbox Presents

We'll be at The Showbox on Wednesday opening for Lush.
Doors at 7. Show at 8.

Our bass player Brendon & his lady Hayleigh welcomed the newest addition to the TYE family early this year! Sophie Lee Helgason born 1/6/16!! We will only be playing a handful of shows in 2016 so B can focus on being a new daddy to this little beauty. Come see us on Friday April 8th at The Sunset with Wild Powwers for their record release show!! Here is a link to the Facebook event invite WILD POWWERS Album Release, The Young Evils, Pleasures. Buying your tickets in advance is recommended!!

Even though we won't be playing out live as much this year we still have some exciting things coming... including 3 brand new songs! Stay tuned... Love to you all! <3 <3 <3

Easy Street Records

A chat with Revolt TV about our special little city and a live performance from Easy Street Records!

Check out Visit Seattle's latest #SoundsByTheSound video, which features The Young Evils live at Easy Street Records!

Thanks for an amazing time at this years Timber Outdoor Music Festival!! And thank you Casey Sjorgen for the photo! Seriously- if you guys weren't able to make it this year we cannot recommend this festival enough. Check out their Summer edition and like them on Facebook to stay up to date on all things Timber <3

Videos (See all)

Troy learns the hard way?
The Young Evils "Get Over It"
The Young Evils: One Way Route


Band Members

Mackenzie Mercer, Troy Nelson, Brendon Helgason, Michael Lee and Scott Helgason.


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