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Evans Blue Biography

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Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years Active: 2005-present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Hard Rock

Evans Blue is a Canadian alternative rock band from Toronto, Ontario. Evans Blue came together in early 2005. Five musicians, then in three separate bands, met through a local musician's message board. Lead singer Kevin Matisyn suggested the name, which refers to the dye that is injected into the bloodstream to measure blood volume, which he had read in one of his medical books. The band then caught the attention of producer Trevor Kustiak (Cool for August) and his partner Mari Dew, of The Pocket Studios.

Evans Blue completed work on their debut album, “The Melody and the Energetic Nature of Volume,” in November 2005. Their first single, “Cold (But I'm Still Here)” hit airwaves in December and was later accompanied by a music video. The album was released in February 2006 through The Pocket Recordings/Hollywood Records. It debuted at #1 and spent several weeks in the Top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and spawned a second single, “Over.”

In April 2006, drummer Darryl Brown left without explanation. That night in Boston, drummer Danny D (formerly of the band Dogfight) was brought in. The band played acoustic sets until he was up to speed, and he continued through the rest of the tour, which lasted until late October.

After an eight month stint touring around the United States, Evans Blue returned home and began work upon their second album, “The Pursuit Begins When This Portrayal of Life Ends.” Danny D left the band and was replaced by Howard Davis. In March 2007, Evans Blue was nominated for Best New Band at the annual Juno Awards. The first single off of their second album, “The Pursuit,” hit airwaves in May 2007. “The Pursuit Begins When This Portrayal of Life Ends” was released in July 2007.

In July 2008 it was announced Kevin Matisyn had left the band. Dan Chandler was announced as the new singer for Evans Blue in February 2009, and the band went into the studio with producer Trevor Kustiak to record their third album. The self-titled album, “Evans Blue,” was released through Sounds+Sights, in 2009.