Interviewer: Whitney Ackerman (writer/administrator from Metal Delirium)
Interviewee: Dan Chandler (Lead vocalist from Evans Blue)
–I just want to start by saying thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us today.
–As we all know, you guys are on the brink of releasing a new album in April. Can you tell us a little
about the idea and story behind “Graveyard of Empires?”
**I believe this is easily the best work we have done, and I speak for everyone in the band when I say that. The title of the record came from a working title for one of the new songs, which is now called “Thank You” on the album. The album title speaks volumes about the state of the world right now.
–With your fourth full-length album on the way, can you tell us how Evans Blue has grown and changed
as a band since the first album and what can the fans expect from the new release?
**I think we naturally captured the sound we were looking for; it was just an evolution of the band. We didn’t consciously try make an edgier album than in the past. I think it’s just a result of the time we’ve spent together. We’ve grown as brothers as well as musicians. Expect an album that has genuine honesty, big guitars and songs you can truly relate to.
–I know that the work for “Graveyard of Empires” hasn’t all been easy for you guys, especially with
losing Howard Davis as the band’s drummer. If you don’t mind, could you tell us a little more about who
will now be drumming for the band and what differences will can expect from the new edition?
**Well our first priority was to finish the record and make that our primary focus. We haven’t decided who the drummer is going to be just yet, but I’m sure we will be updating the fans soon via our Facebook, our direct connection to the Evans|Blue Nation (www.facebook.com/evansblue).
–Of course I have to ask, are any headlining tours are in the works for you guys? We actually had the
opportunity to see you guys at Rock on the Range last year, so we would definitely like to see some of
the tracks off the new album in action.
**We can’t wait to bring the new songs to the stage! Tour planning is in progress, and dates will be announced as soon as everything is confirmed.
–Being such a big part of the hard rock community has to feel pretty amazing, especially since you get
to play right alongside many fellow Canadians, such as Three Days Grace, Nickelback, and My Darkest
Days. Can you tell me which bands really inspire the work that you do and how it feels to reach your
**I think it goes without saying how incredible it is to do what we get to do, but at the end of the day, it’s how we live, and we take it very seriously. Lucky for us, we love what we do, so it’s fun. I think we are inspired by a lot of current bands as well as rediscovering bands. It’s hard to relate to the word stardom…ha! But it is really awesome to see the steps we’ve taken and how far we’ve come.
–With music piracy being such a big issue in the news today, I would like to end the interview with a
loaded question. Where does Evans Blue stand on the idea of downloading music for free and what can
be done to resolve the issue?
**I can’t wait until I can download a car. That’s not stealing because it would be digital…it’s not like it’s a real car…right??
–Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions. We all can’t wait to get our hands on the
new album in April.