Evans Blue has announced that their forthcoming studio album, Graveyard of Empires, will be released on April 17th via Sounds + Sights Entertainment. Vocalist Dan Chandler sat down with us to talk about the new album and what the future holds for Evans Blue.
Type 3 Media: Tell me about your new album. What can fans expect from Graveyard of Empires?
Dan Chandler: It’s coming out on April 17th. It’s different from every album so far by a long shot. The last record was written pretty quickly. I think the theme of this record is real music and real emotion. Raw feelings. It’s personal. There’s a lot of things that everybody goes through in life, and it’s about saying what you feel out loud instead of feeling like someone is going to look at you differently. It’s emotion at a moment in time. It wasn’t about hooks and rhyming and catchy phrases. It’s more or less honest music with real lyrics that everybody can relate to.
Type 3 Media: This is the second album you’ve recorded with the band; what was different this time around?
Dan Chandler: The first time it was… before I even met the guys we were writing original stuff. They would send me guitar tracks and I was writing lyrics and melodies to them at my house. So it was definitely different. I didn’t really know the direction they were looking for or where they were going. I didn’t know Evans Blue’s music well. I knew a couple tracks before I got involved, and I know it was a big thing to take on the vocal position. Now, I know the guys more. We’ve been together for going on four years now. This is our band now and we have a vision which we definitely captured with this new album.
Type 3 Media: Was the most challenging part of recording the new album?
Dan Chandler: I guess I just wanted to write stuff that I’d be really proud of. It was just a matter of picking the time and really going back on some feelings that I’ve had and trying to bring them to the forefront. That’s why I think the album is so personal, because I was revisiting memories of times when I felt a certain way, and I still feel this way. I think this album helped me get over those things. The difficult part, if there was one, is just making sure that what I had to say is exactly what I meant.
Type 3 Media: How do you think the fan response has been to the new songs, “Halo” and “This Time It’s Different.”
Dan Chandler: I think it’s been awesome. We started out just playing a handful of the new songs at a couple shows toward the end of the last tour. Just kind of threw it out there to see the response, and it was almost as if they’d heard the CD before. It’s been positive. I think everybody likes the direction we’re going in and I think it’s more about the music this time around.
Type 3 Media: Are you expecting to release another single before the album comes out?
Dan Chandler: We’ve been talking about that. “Halo” isn’t really a single. We just wanted to give the fans something since we had a little bit of a setback. We wanted to originally release the album in December, but it’s coming out on April 17th. The talk before was to release one in March, but I hate to say this without knowing. As far as I know, that’s the story.
Type 3 Media: I know of a few bands who have released tracks early to offset delays.
Dan Chandler: Today, music is changing, so I think it’s OK to just drop a track. Throw a single out there and then drop two more. Obviously you want to drop the whole record, but like I said, I think it’s moving toward the direction where people will buy the songs that they want. It’s not far fetched to say that could happen in the future. Who knows, we may drop a couple more songs after the album’s done too. We definitely have them.
Type 3 Media: Have you guys made a decision on a permanent drummer?
Dan Chandler: Well, as of right now we’re just really focused on getting the record done. As far as hiring someone to tour with, I think the first step is finding the right guy. I don’t think it’s the right thing to throw somebody in there and expect it’s going to work perfectly. I think you need to gradually take somebody on tour with you and see how it connects. Naturally, if it’s the right guy they’ll fill that spot and it will work out great. As far as one individual in particular, I don’t think we have exactly one that we know for certain, but there are a few guys that we’d be happy to play with for sure.
Type 3 Media: Any tor plans in the works?
Dan Chandler: I think we just have a couple one-off for the next couple months. We’re waiting until the album drops and there’s talk about going out with a few bands as opposed to going on a headlining tour, but it’s not solid yet.
Type 3 Media: Anyone you’d want to tour with?
Dan Chandler: I’d love to go on tour with Staind or Disturbed. There’s a lot of them man, from Incubus to Seether… I’m just a fan of a lot of new bands and a lot that have been around for a while.
Type 3 Media: Any closing thoughts?
Dan Chandler: The album’s coming out on April 17th, check it out.