The Everymen will return to its punk roots a bit when it plays Youngstown on Saturday.
Mike V started the group in New Jersey about three years ago with his voice and guitar backed just by a drummer for a raw punk sound. Since then, The Everymen has expanded from a two-piece to an eight-member group with one woman among the men.
Catherine Herrick, who shares lead vocals with Mike V, and the other guitar player have conflicts this weekend so the crowd will get a six-piece version of The Everymen for its trip to The Royal Oaks, 924 Oak St. The music starts at 10 p.m. Saturday, and Sirens Everywhere will open.
"It's going to be the punk rock version of The Everymen," Mike V said during a telephone interview from New Jersey. "Starting as a two-piece, we know how to do it that way."
Mike V said he opted for that minimalist approach initially because his last group had 10 people and, "I don't want to f--- deal with 10 people in a band. Two is easier."
But he needed more players to create the sound he wanted.
"I'd think, this would be great if we had a sax," he said. "It kind of started being less punk and more rock 'n' roll. And to be rock 'n' roll, you need a sax, you need someone playing the keyboard. Of course, we're from the Jersey shore and the downside of adding a sax is it immediately invites (Bruce) Springsteen comparisons."
A more accurate inspiration for the band's sound is the girl groups of '60s and the work of producer Phil Spector, Mike V said. And there are moments on the band's 2012 album "New Jersey Hardcore" that recall "End of the Century," the Ramones album Spector produced in 1980.
This will be the band's second show at The Royal Oaks.
"We played there a while ago, and we had a f--- blast, we had a great time," Mike V. said. "You guys treated us incredibly well, the crowd was really receptive. We're a bunch of working stiffs. We have to tour on weekends."
The band did take vacation time earlier this month for a tour of the South that ended with an appearance at SXSW in Austin, Texas. The shows in Nashville, Durham, N.C., and other places made it worth the commitment more than the shows at the music festival.
"South by Southwest is kind of whatever," he said. "It's not really a place for unsigned bands anymore. It's for small signed bands to get big and big bands to get bigger. Most of the bills of unsigned bands that I went to were sparsely attended."
The Everymen already is at work on its next full-length album, but before that it will release a five-song EP of songs by Jonathan Richman. "Who Wrote These Songs? A Very Short Tribute to Jonathan Richman," due in May, includes "Down in Bermuda," "When She Kisses Me," "Just About Seventeen," "A Higher Power" and "New Jersey (aka New England)."
"I think covers are something that ... people don't do them they way they used to," Mike V said. "They used to be part of the canon. The Beatles came up playing cover songs. James Brown too. If it's a good song, you want to play it. Now, if you play a cover song, it's frowned upon, and I couldn't disagree more.
"And Richman, he's one of my all-time favorite songwriters. He's criminally underappreciated. He should be in the same breath as Elton John, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, those guys."