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self-evident is:

  • Tom Berg (Bass/Vocals)

  • Conrad Mach (Guitar/Vocals)

  • Ben Johnston (Drums)


Formed in Minneapolis, MN in 1997 by Tom Berg, Conrad Mach, and Brian Heitzman, Self-Evident have since developed and applied a unique, intricate, and smart formula to standard rock songwriting, conjuring music that is very resistant to categorization.
Variously described as math, indie, jazz, punk, and post-rock, Self-Evident encompasses all of these styles and more-often in a single three minute song with a strong melodic sense. The instrumentation is simple: bass/vocals, guitar/vocals, and drums.

Self-evident have played over 700 shows in 24 states and 9 countries with countless bands such as Don Caballero, Oxes, Juno, Chokebore, Local H, Bad Wizard, The Vida Blue (Ten Grand), Traindodge, Bear Claw, Bronzed Chorus, Dropsonic, Riddle of Steel, and House Of Large Sizes to name a few.

Multiple full length albums and EPs have been released since their conception in 1997 including the following:

“The Arrogance Of The Common Professional (EP)” - 1999
“What We Sound Like” - 2000
“Direct (EP)” - 2001
“Angular” - 2003
“Epistemology” - 2005
“Self-Evident” - 2007
“Billions (EP)” - 2008
“Endings” - 2009
"We Built A Fortress On Short Notice" - 2012

Self-Evident has also been involved with multiple compilation CDs, split CDs, and promotional releases.

The summer of 2006 brought the departure of Brian Heitzman, original drummer of 9+ years. Long time pal and superstar Ben Johnston of Clair de Lune immediately came to the rescue and has since brought a new life, discipline, and musical influence to the band. By May of 2011, Self-Evident was invited to play shows through 8 countries in Europe for nearly a month by/with the one and only Bear Claw (Chicago), which ended up a huge success.

In February 2012, Self-Evident recorded 13 songs with Carl Amburn at The Mousetrap in Oklahoma City for the completion of their 6th full length album, “We Built A Fortress On Short Notice”. The upcoming album will have two different versions released between Doubleplusgood Records of Minneapolis and Stiff Slack Records in Japan in the late summer of 2012, with upcoming shows in Japan and the US to support it.