Evans Blue Biography
Hailing from Toronto, CANADA, the Alternative-Rock outfit Evans Blue
relies on a five-piece team of musicians that initially included singer
Kevin Matisyn, guitarists Parker Lauzon and Vlad Tanaskovic, bassist Joe
Pitter and drummer Darryl Brown.
They began working together in March 2005; since then, the band has written and recorded their debut album, "The Melody And The Energetic Nature Of Volume", which was finally released in February 2006; it debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers and reached the #106 position on The Billboard 200 Sales charts highlighted by the Hot Mainstream Rock top 10 hit "Cold (But I'm Still Here)"; "Over", weighed in at #28 on the same chart and the final single, "Beg", failed to dent the chart. The band toured non-stop for over a year, headlining shows and opened for Taproot, Seether, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin among others. Darryl Brown went home unexpectedly in the middle of the band's first U.S. tour, he was soon replaced by Boston drummer Danny D.
Evans Blue returned in July 2007 with their sophomore album, "The
Pursuit Begins When This Portrayal Of Life Ends" which was recorded
with Howard Davis -- AKA H-BOMB -- behind the drum set. The CD peaked
at #44 on The Billboard 200 while the lead-off single, "The Pursuit",
quickly bulleted into the top 20 of The Hot Mainstream Rock chart and
reached #32 on The Hot Modern Rock Tracks. Another single, "Shine
Your Cadillac", never appeared on the charts.
One year later the group parted ways with Matisyn due to musical differences.
St. Louis singer Dan Chandler was selected as the new lead singer after an extensive nationwide search and he made his debut on band's third album, "Evans Blue". Following its initial digital release in mid-2009, the self-titled effort was released physically a year later. It included "Erase My Scars" which reached #27 on The Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks plus three more minor Rock radio hit singles: "Sick Of It", "Bulletproof" and "Say It".
When the group was ready to record its fouth album, Howard Davis exited the fold and longtime friend of Chandler, drummer Mike McClure, took over duties for the recording process. The disc, titled "Graveyard Of Empires", was released in the spring of 2012 reaching #121 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and the lead-off single, "This Time It's Different", peaked at #29 on The Rock Songs list.