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Evermore is an indie rock/alternative band originally from Feildingmarker, New Zealandmarker, now based in Melbourne, Australiamarker. The band consists of the Hume brothers – Jon (guitar, vocals), Peter (keyboards, bass, piano, vocals) and Dann (drums, vocals). The band have released three platinum-selling album, Dreams (2004) , Real Life (2006) and Truth of the World: Welcome to the Show (2009) and are about to release a self-titled greatest hits album that also has a collection of new songs. They have been nominated for six ARIA Awards, and have won two Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

History

Background

Evermore consists of brothers Jon, Peter, and Dann. Jon was born in Australia, while Peter and Dann were born in New Zealand. The three were raised and home-schooled in Feildingmarker, Manawatu-Wanganuimarker. The brothers were introduced to music at a young age by their parents, and frequently listened to their record collection. The name "Evermore" was taken from the Led Zeppelin song "The Battle of Evermore" in 1999. Jon says the trio's parents were highly supportive of them taking up music, stating "they always wanted us to do something creative...Nothing was too risky."

Rise to fame (2000–2002)

In 2000, Evermore entered Rockquest with Richard Higham, who played bass guitar in the band at the time. The band was successful in the competition, and used the prize money to help fund their studio, Red Sky Studio.

Evermore's first EP, Slipping Away, was released on December 1, 2002, with only 300 copies pressed. However, the EP received regular airplay on Triple J, and was thus able to garner the band some attention. Their next EP, the Oil & Water EP, released January 13, 2003 resulted in the band's first concert tour, again supported by Triple J. My Own Way EP, the band's third EP, was released on September 15, 2003, after which the band toured with American band Brad.

In August 2003, Evermore appeared on the cover of New Zealand Musician in New Zealand, following success in "Project NZM" - a promotion by radio station ZM to gain awareness for up-and-coming bands.

Dreams (2003–2006)

Dreams, Evermore's debut studio album, was released on 27 September 2004 in Australia. It peaked at number fifteen on the ARIA albums chart, and number thirty on the RIANZ albums chart. Three singles were released from the album; "It's Too Late", "For One Day", and "Come to Nothing"; which charted moderately.The three singles were featured on the New Zealand and Australian promos of The O.C., with "It's Too Late" ultimately appearing on the show. A remixed version of "It's Too Late" with Dirty South, titled "It's Too Late (Ride on)", was also released, and appeared on numerous compilation albums.

On Dreams, Evermore worked with producer Barrett Jones (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Whiskeytown), who was introduced to the band by Brad on their past tour. The band's Red Sky Studio in Feilding was flooded in February 2004, so the band relocated to Seattlemarker for recording.

Dreams differed to Evermore's earlier "retro-sounding, riff-based pop-rock" works, and instead contained a more "spacious" sound according to Jon. He said he drew inspiration and was influenced by Silverchair and Muse, as well as Pink Floyd. Jon also noted that the band initially wanted to create a concept album, but stated that "we sort of had to tone it back a bit, because we wanted to make a double album". Soundgenerator.com reviewer Eleanor Goodman described Dreams as "clear rather than grungy, soulful rather than angsty".

The band released The Lakeside Sessions Vol. 1, an iTunes-exclusive live acoustic EP on December 20, 2005.

Real Life (2006–2008)

Evermore's second album, Real Life, was released on July 8, 2006 by Warner. The album peaked at number five on the ARIA albums chart and number two on the RIANZ albums chart, spending over half a year in both. It was also certified platinum in Australia. Four singles were released from the album; "Running", "Light Surrounding You", "Unbreakable", and "Never Let You Go". Of these, "Light Surrounding You" charted best, and became Evermore's first number one single.

Real Life was initially recorded on the Central Coastmarker of New South Walesmarker, where the band spent three months. Production moved to Easton, Marylandmarker for an additional three months, and continued recording with producer John Alagía. Says Peter, "we did nearly all of it without him...[we] worked with him because we had to — the record company wouldn't allow us to do it all ourselves." Following recording and production, the album was mixed by Tom Lord-Alge (Green Day).


The album's release was followed by a tour of New Zealand and Australia that began in September and October with support acts Bob Evans and The Hampdens. In June, 2006, Evermore opened for another band who trace their own start a decade ago, also coming from New Zealand to gain world fame in Melbourne. Thus, they found themselves as the opening act for Split Enz at the Rod Laver Arenamarker in Melbourne. On 17 November 2006, Evermore performed at a charity concert: the Make Poverty History Concert in Melbournemarker, playing "Stand By Me". Early in 2007, the band played at the Big Day Out, and on 29 April they appeared at the 2007 MTV Australia Video Music Awards to perform "Light Surrounding You".

Truth of the World: Welcome to the Show (2008–2009)

The band's third album Truth of the World: Welcome to the Show was released on March 20, 2009 and debuted at number 14 on the ARIA albums chart. The album was preceded by two singles; the first, "Between The Lines", was released as a free download from the band's website on November 10, 2008. The second single, "Hey Boys and Girls ", was released on February 3, 2009. It peaked at number 5 on the New Zealand charts and number 4 on the Australian charts.. Their new single "Can You Hear Me?" was released to radio on 11th of May, will hit stores for a physical release 5th of June to possibly coincide with the premiere of the video. The last song on the album, tells the epic story of the main character, Max who crashes his car into a river and sees his life before his eyes.

Truth of the World is a concept album about trash media, political propaganda, advertising and infotainment. It was recorded at the band's own studio in Melbourne over a period of 18 months.

In July and August of 2009, Evermore supported Pink on the second half of the record-breaking Australian leg of her Funhouse Tour.

International Debut (2009–present)

After the extremely successful Australian tours in support of their new album "Truth of the World: Welcome to the Show" and Australian leg of global superstar P!nk's Funhouse Tour with as support, P!nk was impressed enough to offer Evermore a massive international leg-up by inviting the band to perform as main support act for her upcoming European tour. The band will be releasing a self-titled album worldwide sometime between November and early 2010 which will feature upcoming single Underground as well as two new songs. The self-titled album will showcase the best of Evermore’s astonishingly successful short career including ‘It’s Too Late’ (over 6 months in ARIA top 50 in 2004), ‘Running’ (top 5 most played Australian tracks of 2006), ‘Light Surrounding You’ (ARIA number 1 single) and ‘Hey Boys And Girls’ (one of the biggest local tracks of this year).

New Song Writing

While on tour with P!nk in Europe promoting their first international album "Evermore", with first single "Hey Boys and Girls ", the band have also been writing music on the road, with rumours already spreading about an entire new album with completely new material due for release sometime mid-late 2010 firstly in Australia only months after the release of their self-titled greatest hits album. The band had written new songs, three of which were included on their first international album, on the small break they had after finishing their headline and P!nk support tours in Australia before heading overseas. It is not confirmed how many tracks the band has written, but rumours suggest there is more than enough for at least one entire 13-track album. A collaborative song titled "Lay Your Weapons Down" with the African Zulu choir was expected to be released late 2009, but was dropped in favour of "Underground" for early release in 2010 in Australia, with European release to follow shortly after. Jon and Dann Hume have confirmed they have written at least one song together in Munich, Germany in their hotel room. It is also rumoured that Dann Hume has written a song or two by himself, the same member responsible for writing single handedly possibly the bands most revered and popular song "Light Surrounding You" back in 2006, the song also became their first number 1 hit in Australia.

Discography

Studio albums


Extended plays


Awards and nominations

ARIA Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 Dreams Album of the Year Nominated
Dreams Breakthrough Artist — Album Nominated
Evermore Best Group Nominated
Dreams Best Rock Album Nominated
"For One Day" Single Of The Year Nominated
2007 "Light Surrounding You" Best Pop Release Nominated
2009 "Hey Boys and Girls" Highest Selling Single Nominated


Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2007 Real Life Album of the Year Nominated
"Light Surrounding You" Single of the Year Won
Evermore People’s Choice Award Nominated
Real Life Best Group Nominated
Real Life Best Rock Album Nominated
Evermore International Achievement Won


Other awards

Won

  • 2005 MTV Australia Awards, Supernova Breakthrough Act for Dreams
  • 2005 APRA Silver Scroll Award for "It's Too Late".
  • 2007 Channel V Oz Artist of the Year.


Nominated

  • 2005 Jack Awards, Best Live Newcomer.
  • 2006 APRA Silver Scroll Award for "Running".
  • 2009 The New Zealand sweets as Choice awards


References

  1. http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainment/music/helpful-pink-will-be-thanked-for-evermore/2009/09/12/1252519674563.html
  2. http://www.accessallareas.net.au/music_news/EkVFpppyZpOGHzTlmj.php
The New Zealand Sweet as Choice Awards

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