Evans Blue

Evans Blue

For the dye, see Evans blue
Evans Blue is a alternative rock/metal band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada founded in 2005.


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 and his partner Mari Dew, of The Pocket Studios.

They recorded three demo songs, titled Black Hole, Saturnalia and Starlight, all of which were available on their personal MySpace page. Updates on the bands' progress and prose by lead singer, Matisyn are periodically given via the MySpace blogs.

The Melody

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 February 21st, 2006 through Hollywood Records. It spent several weeks in the top 10 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and spawned a second single, Over.

In late March 2006, Evans Blue embarked upon their first U.S. tour alongside Taproot. They have since played with bands such as Staind, Alice in Chains, 10 Years, Three Days Grace, Flyleaf and labelmates Breaking Benjamin.

On April 1, 2006, drummer Darryl Brown left without explanation. To cover for his absence the rest of the band worked out acoustic sets to play while they searched for a replacement. Danny D was brought in temporarily from Boston band Dogfight to close out the rest of the tour, which lasted until late October.

The Pursuit

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 Davis Howard.

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 May 21, 2007 and was accompanied by a music video, directed by Jesse Ewles. The Pursuit Begins When This Portrayal of Life Ends was released on July 24, 2007. The bands' website was given an overhaul to portray the sounds, images and themes of the new album. In March 2007, Evans Blue recorded acoustic versions of each song from The Melody to be released on DVD. For a limited time, this DVD was included with each purchase of The Pursuit from Best Buy, and contains commentary from lead singer, Matisyn, as well as a making-of documentary for the second album. The FYE version of the album did not include the Unplugged Melody, but instead had two additional tracks.

On July 10th, 2007, Evans Blue kicked off their first head-lining tour, Curbside Confession of a Catastrophe, in Toronto. The rest of the tour stopped across the western United States, with occasional performances in Vancouver and British Columbia. They were accompanied by Framing Hanley, Fair to Midland and Submersed throughout the summer 2007 tour, which spanned through September. After a one month break, the tour kicked off again October 27th 2007. Framing Hanley rejoined the band for the tour, with the additions of Saving Abel and Canadian rockers Neurosonic. This tour ended on December 31st in Houston, Texas, where they introduced a new song, "Good Enough," which will be released on an upcoming third album.


Matisyn, of Evans Blue, and Nixon, of Framing Hanley, performed two live, acoustic shows in February 2008 in a project called 'Parabelle.' They performed on Monday February 25, 2008 at On The Rocks in Nashville Tennessee. The next night, February 26, they did another performance at Scout Bar in Houston Texas.

June 2008 - Evans Blue has been dropped by Hollywood Records according to some sites. They also list Record Label: None - on their MySpace. Per Matisyn's personal MySpace Page, he blogs that the band had the chance to opt out of its record deal and they jumped at it.

On July 28, 2008 Matisyn posted on his MySpace page that he is "Formerly of Evans Blue." This was confirmed by Evans Blue on their Myspace page. Parker Lauzon of the band sent out a Myspace bulletin clarifying that Matisyn was voted out of the band due to his inability to make good decisions for the band. In the bulletin Parker is quoted stating that "We did not choose anyone over him he was simply voted out, not only because of musical differences but business differences as well. He simply was not making good decisions for this band anymore and we as a group have decided to move on."

On August 4, 2008 Matisyn posted a blog on his Myspace page with 14 Evans Blue demos that would have been on the third album.

As of August 2008, Hollywood Records is once again listed as the band's label.


Both covers are track 7 on each Evans Blue album.



  • Parker Lauzon - Rhythm Guitar
  • Vlad Tanaskovic - Lead Guitar
  • Joe Pitter - Bass Guitar
  • Howard Davis - Drums


  • Kevin Matisyn - Vocals (2005-2008)
  • Darryl Brown - Drums (2005-2006)
  • Danny D. - Drums (2006)


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)


2006 The Melody and the Energetic Nature of Volume

106 1 US: 200,000
2007 The Pursuit Begins When This Portrayal of Life Ends

44 US: 30,000
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or have yet to chart.


Year Title Peak chart positions Album


2006 "Cold (But I'm Still Here)" 8 28 The Melody...
"Over" 28
2007 "The Pursuit" 17 32 The Pursuit...
"Shine Your Cadillac"
2008 "Dear Lucid, Our Time Is Right Now"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or have yet to chart.



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