It’s not often that the opportunity comes along to take over as lead singer of a near platinum selling band, but that’s the opportunity that new Evans Blue front man Dan Chandler has been granted.
“The fact that I would have a chance to jump into a band at this level, I am ecstatic,” Chandler told Alternative Addiction about being a part of the band. “I’m just thankful, so thankful that I got this opportunity, it's everything I have wanted. It’s just exciting as hell every time I think about it.”
Chandler's golden opportunity didn’t come without struggling to get his music heard in his previous band Switch 3. The band gained a local following in their hometown of St. Louis, then relocated to LA looking for a major label deal.
“We just struggled and did the musician thing, but really just couldn’t find our breaks,” explained Chandler. After moving back to St. Louis, Chandler wasn’t sure what to do next. “I started just writing a lot and really got into that end of it.”
Then a friend of Chandler’s told him that Toronto based band Evans Blue was looking for a new lead singer, the opportunity instantly caught his attention.
“I went to their MySpace and hit them up, and kind of just questioned them about it and they sent me a couple tracks to sing to, and I sent back a few tracks.”
It was only a matter of weeks before the band flew Chandler out to Toronto for a live rehearsal. Chandler said he knew he was a good fit, not just due to his vocal style but how well he fit in with the band.
“It seems like, its so cliché for me to say it but, I feel like I have known the guys longer than I have,” said Chandler. “It was almost like immediately we hit it off as friends and [with] the same musical interests.”
The band’s debut album with Chandler on vocals is due out June 23rd, and the first single entitled “Sick Of It” has been met with mixed reviews from longtime Evans Blue fans, something Chandler had expected.
“Knowing that you are replacing a lead singer, you are going to have the longtime fans that may not embrace it as quickly, but it’s still Evans Blue,” Chandler said. “It is a different sound as far as vocals obviously and there are a lot of different writing styles involved”
As for the fans that still prefer former lead singer Kevin Matisyn, Chandler says he hopes that those fans can enjoy both Matisyn’s music and his.
“Kevin is doing his thing, and he’s still writing and performing and fans of his music can still follow him as well as, I am hoping, keep their ear open for another sound perhaps.”
Chandler was adamant that he wasn’t trying to steal the following that Matisyn had built, and that the version of the band he will be fronting is really a new incarnation of the band.
“It’s not that I am trying to be [him], or replacing [him], it’s a whole new thing really. I just hope they don’t shut anything out, just give it a listen because I have a feeling that they are really going to be happy with what comes out of it.”
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