Things are heating up for Evaline this summer as the local band tours across the United States promoting their new EP “Patterned.”
The band is composed of Turlock High School graduates, Christian Lewis, Dominic DiCiano and Steve Pedersen; Hughson High graduates, Greg Petersen; Johansen High graduate, Dan Petersen; and Beyer High graduate, RJ Perry.
Originally called Holiday, the band scheduled practices around water polo events and played at local venues and houses. Now the band is under the direction of Riverman Management of London, who has been organizing tours and shows in the U.K. and U.S. for the musicians.
The six-piece band left for the East Coast on June 11 to play 16 shows with bands such as Paper Tongues, Neon Trees, and Civil Twilight, and have gained a significant fan-base just in the past two weeks.
Evaline will be playing shows at popular venues such as The House of Blues, and typically plays to crowds of 500 people or more.
“After working so intensely on the record, it’s a relief to finally be on the road again,” drummer Greg Petersen said. “We’re excited to be out promoting new material that we are so proud of.”
According to lead-singer, Perry, the EP sales on the road and on iTunes are higher than the band expected, and the tour has been more rewarding because of it.
“People from France, Sweden, England, and Australia have been purchasing ‘Patterned’ on iTunes,” Perry said. “But the bulk of our sales have been in the United States.”
“Patterned” features three songs that the band recorded at studios in England this past October. Evaline attributes the sound to producer Dan Austin of England who has worked with bands such as The Doves, The Cherry Ghost, and Massive Attack.
Riverman first took interest in Evaline when the band played three shows with Placebo, also under Riverman’s management, in October of 2006.
“We met them while touring with Placebo,” Pedersen said. “Placebo liked us so much that they asked us to do a U.S. tour with them in the spring of 2007. From there, we continued to keep contact with Riverman.”
According to Lewis and Pederson, this offer came at the perfect time. Evaline was in the process of looking for a new management team and record label at the time of the tour, and Riverman proved to be the most promising match.
Last October, Riverman flew the band out to England where they recorded an album and played two shows at popular venues in London.
Evaline recorded at three studios, one of which is owned by Barriemore Barlow of Jethro Tull, and another that is owned by Justin Hawkins of The Darkness. Evaline expects the album to be released early next year.
After the band returned from England, they played shows across California and spent time preparing for their current tour. According to Lewis, the band will be playing shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco when they return in July. Upcoming show dates and additional announcements will be posted on the band’s Myspace account .