The story of the coming together of Evans Blue resembles that of your typical rock music folklore. Talented musicians from three different bands originally find each other on a local message board, create a band and promote songs on their Myspace page, become discovered, and c’est la vie. Fast forward a few short years and the remaining band ousts their original lead singer after two full length albums and begins a search for a replacement, once again using social media to do so. New prospective vocalists are sending in demos, including Dan Chandler, a relative unknown despite having performed in smaller bands for years prior. Chandler gets the call, meets the rest of the band in rehearsals, and Evans Blue rights the ship by getting started on a new album, 2009′s self-titled release.
With lineup changes firmly in their rear view (despite replacing their drummer earlier this year), this new iteration of Evans Blue is perhaps better than ever. April’s release of “Graveyard of Empires” proves that despite a new voice at the helm, the band’s original sound is not all that entirely different from the new. And with some time to settle in and get more comfortable with his bandmates this go around, Chandler has seemingly found the writing and recording process to come to him much easier. Songs like “Halo” and opener “This Time It’s Different,” are stand out tracks on the album, which debuted at on the Billboard Hard Rock Charts at number 9. With a heavy rotation on satellite radio and with the band set for a full fledged US tour through the summer with plans for the rest of the year, there’s likely to be several more singles from the ‘Graveyard’ album released over the next calendar year.
Evans Blue makes a stop locally in the New York City area on Wednesday, July 25th with a show at Webster Hall, with tickets as low as $12. LocalBozo.com was fortunate to sit down with Evans Blue frontman Dan Chandler for an exclusive interview. Listen in as we discuss how he joined up with Evans Blue, the hardest part in his band getting noticed, his favorite song to perform live, and whether he had any apprehension in performing some of the band’s original songs. Listen in as we discuss how he joined up with Evans Blue, the hardest part in his band getting noticed, his favorite song to perform live, and whether he had any apprehension in performing some of the band’s original songs. For more information on Evans Blue including social media outlets, tour dates, and more, check out evansblue.com. And join LocalBozo.com at Webster Hall on July 25th for a good old fashioned rock show.
- Jane Van Arsdale