Evermore's first EP, Slipping Away, was released on 1 December 2002, with only 300 copies pressed. However, the EP received regular airplay on Triple J, and was thus able to garner the band some attention. Their next EP, Oil & Water, released 13 January 2003 resulted in the band's first concert tour, again supported by Triple J. My Own Way, the band's third EP, was released on 15 September 2003, after which the band toured with American band Brad.
Dreams, Evermore's debut studio album, was released on 27 September 2004 in Australia. It peaked at number fifteen on the ARIA albums chart, and number thirty on the RIANZ albums chart. Three singles were released from the album; "It's Too Late", "For One Day", and "Come To Nothing"; which charted moderately. The three singles were featured on the New Zealand and Australian promos of The O.C., with "It's Too Late" ultimately appearing on the show. A remixed version of "It's Too Late" with Dirty South, titled "It's Too Late (Ride On)", was also released, and appeared on numerous compilation albums.
On Dreams, Evermore worked with producer Barrett Jones (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Whiskeytown), who was introduced to the band by Brad on their past tour. The band's Red Sky Studio in Feilding was flooded in February 2004, so the band relocated to Seattle for recording.
Dreams differed to Evermore's earlier "retro-sounding, riff-based pop-rock" works, and instead contained a more "spacious" sound according to Jon. He said he drew inspiration and was influenced by Silverchair and Muse, as well as Pink Floyd. Jon also noted that the band initially wanted to create a concept album, but stated that "we sort of had to tone it back a bit, because we wanted to make a double album". Soundgenerator.com reviewer Eleanor Goodman described Dreams as "clear rather than grungy, soulful rather than angsty".
Evermore's second album, Real Life, was released on 8 July 2006 by Warner Music. The album peaked at number five on the ARIA albums chart and number two on the RIANZ albums chart, spending over half a year in both. It was also certified platinum in Australia. Four singles were released from the album; "Running", "Light Surrounding You", "Unbreakable", and "Never Let You Go". Of these, "Light Surrounding You" charted best, and became Evermore's first number one single.
Real Life was initially recorded on the Central Coast of New South Wales, where the band spent three months. Production moved to Easton, Maryland for an additional three months, and continued recording with producer John Alagía. Says Peter, "we did nearly all of it without him...[we] worked with him because we had to - the record company wouldn't allow us to do it all ourselves. Following recording and production, the album was mixed by Tom Lord-Alge (Green Day).
The album's release was followed by a tour of New Zealand and Australia in September and October with support acts Bob Evans and The Hampdens. On 17 November 2006, Evermore performed at the Make Poverty History Concert in Melbourne, playing "Stand By Me". Early in 2007, the band played at the Big Day Out, and on 29 April they appeared at the 2007 MTV Australia Video Music Awards to perform "Light Surrounding You".
|2005||Dreams||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|Dreams||Breakthrough Artist - Album||Nominated|
|Dreams||Best Rock Album||Nominated|
|"For One Day"||Single Of The Year||Nominated|
|2007||"Light Surrounding You"||Best Pop Release||Nominated|
|2007||Real Life||Album of the Year||Nominated|
|"Light Surrounding You"||Single of the Year||Won|
|Evermore||People’s Choice Award||Nominated|
|Real Life||Best Group||Nominated|
|Real Life||Best Rock Album||Nominated|