Traverse City MI (9 November 2011) – Rock band EVANS BLUE announced this week that they have parted ways with drummer Howard “H-Bomb” Davis.  When asked about the split, singer Dan Chandler said, “We seemed to be moving in different directions musically, so we mutually agreed that it was time to move on.  We wish Howard all the best.”

St Louis native Mike McClure, a longtime friend of Chandler, will step in to play drums on the new album.  McClure makes his debut on the new Dan Korneff (Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, All That Remains) mix of the first single “This Time It’s Different,” which will be available next week.

A sneak preview of “This Time It’s Different” is available on EvansBlueTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8nUHT1msYc&feature=share

This Time It’s Different” is available on iTunes now, and Evans Blue will release another brand new track in time for Christmas, with their fourth album coming in early 2012.  In the meantime, the band has announced two December dates:

*  Dec 9th    The Machine Shop    FLINT, MI    Banana 101.5 Binge Before Christmas

(w/Shaman’s Harvest-Janus-Mic Lordz-Sauce Funky; 18+; tix $15, avail 11/11)

*  Dec 10th Emerald Theatre      MT CLEMENS, MI      Rock the Runway

(w/Dirty Americans-The Definition-Pistol Day Parade; tix $20 adv/25 day of show)

Evans Blue debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in 2006 with The Melody and the Energetic Nature of Volume, which spawned the Top 5 single “Cold (But I’m Still Here).”  They were nominated for a 2006 Juno Award for Best New Group.  Their second album, THE PURSUIT BEGINS WHEN THIS portrayal OF LIFE ENDS, was released in July 2007 and debuted at #44* on the Billboard Top 200.  Album 3, the self-titled evans|blue, was released independently in June 2009, and “Erase My Scars” went to #23* on the Billboard rock charts in 2010.  Evans Blue has sold 1 million units worldwide.


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