Invidia has announced the addition of Evan Seidlitz as the newest member of the band, replacing vocalist Travis Johnson on the upcoming “Screaming Black Curse” tour with All Hail the Yeti and supporting act Broken Rail. Seidlitz is no stranger to the frontman spotlight, known for his work in Vyces, Thrown Into Exile and Grimace. Though Johnson is leaving to fully invest in his role as bassist of In This Moment, the band is excited to begin this new journey with Seidlitz and has no doubts fans will be pleased with what he has to bring to the table.

Invidia released the following statement:

“We respect Travis’ choice to honor his commitment to In This Moment, but it left us in a tough spot. It’s hard for us as well — Travis is family and is part of the Invidia story. We are beyond happy that Evan was interested and fits in so well in the Invidia camp. He’s a guy we all know well and the band as well as the fans are in great hands. We sincerely hope you will all welcome Evan to the fold like we have and come see us on tour this summer!”

Johnson said, “It was a really tough choice for me to step back from fronting Invidia. I love singing and am so proud of  As the Sun Sleeps. Invidia is family to me. I mean, I just cant be in two places at the same time, and I had to honor my commitment to In This Moment. I can’t imagine a better fit than Evan. It was actually a suggestion I had brought up to the band. I truly hope all of the In This Moment fans who have supported Invidia welcome him to the band. It’s a tough one knowing someone else is singing my tunes, but I can’t see myself holding Invidia back.”

“When Matt Snell called me up and asked me to join Invidia full-time, I didn’t have to think very long about it before I said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it,'” Seidlitz said. “I knew I could no longer keep a commitment with Vyces. The guys in Vyces, as well as Travis have been nothing but supportive in my decision. Travis did a wonderful job on the album vocally, and I look forward to singing these songs every night on tour.”

The tour will begin this week on May 17 in Los Angeles at the notorious Whisky a Go Go and wraps up on June 4 in Fullerton, Calif.

The “Screaming Black Curse” tour is sponsored by Schecter Guitar Research and Black Hope Curse Clothing. At each date, fans can enter to win a Schecter guitar. A winner will be selected at the end of the tour, so fans should arrive early at each tour stop to enter. In addition, Black Hope Curse will be at select dates giving away clothing and other merch.

Tour dates:

May 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
May 18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
May 19 – Kingsburg, CA @ Bullfrogs
may 20 – Anderson, CA @ Firehouse Lounge
May 21 – Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall
May 22 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 23 – Spokane, WA @ The Checkerboard
May 24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joes
May 25 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
May 26 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
May 27- Oklahoma City, OK @ Thunder Alley
May 28 – Houston, TX @ BFE Rock Club
May 30 – Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
June 1 – Austin, TX @ The Rock House
June 2 – El Paso, TX @ The Rock House
June 3 – Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
June 4 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar

Invidia features former Skinlab guitarist Brian Jackson, former Five Finger Death Punch bassist Matt Snell, guitarist Marcos Medina and drummer Darren Badorine. The band released its debut album, As the Sun Sleeps, on March 31. Read Live Metal’s interview with Jackson here.

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