Honey from the Icebox
I Wont Follow
Toronto based rock group Evans Blue makes their major label debut with “The Melody and the Energetic Nature of Volume.” Despite it’s ridiculously long title, the album’s name actually is a pretty accurate description of this band’s sound- among their energy filled rock, are strong melodies. This band will likely be filed with bands like Breaking Benjamin and Taproot, but what separates Evans Blue from their predecessors is lead singer Kevin Matisyn’s undeniable knack for infusing melodic vocals into the bands sound. Don’t get me wrong, this album is in every way, shape, and form, a modern rock album, but Matisyn has a way in his delivery that brings a melody to the typical modern rock sound. Add into that the smooth production work from former Cool For August guitarist Trevor Kustiak, and you’ve got what could be one of the more impressive albums of the year. Aside from the hook filled, hit single “Cold (But I’m Still Here)”, the lead off track “A Cross and A Girl Named Blessed” as well as “Eclipsed” are both noteworthy tracks. Perhaps most impressive, and easily the next single, is the track “Beg”. The hook in this track is unavoidable, and could turn out to be one of the biggest songs of the summer in ’06. Also, the album features an unexpected, but well done remake of Sarah McLachlan's hit "Possession." This track could also find some air play on radio someday as a single as well. All in all, if their debut is any indication of what this band is capable of, Evans Blue could be a mainstay in modern rock for years to come.