September 5, 2008 in Features, Seven

Put ’em all together

Members of former bands make up Invidia
By Isamu Jordan (509) 459-5299
Rajah Bose photo

Invidia is Ryan Stocks, from left, Brian Rowbotham, Mikhael Phelps, Andy Bartholomew and Jamin Lowe (not pictured).
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Invidia’s 7  essential albums

“That Within Blood Ill Tempered,” Shai Hulud

“Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation,” Darkest Hour

“Worship & Tribute,” Glassjaw

“An Anthology of Dead Ends,” Botch

“Alive or Just Breathing,” Killswitch Engage

“Master of Puppets,” Metallica

“The Art of Balance,” Shadows Fall

ID: Invidia consists of former members of Branches Apart, Scarletta, Soulkore and The Mediocre, among others.

Style: Metalcore

Roster: Lead vocalist Mikhael Phelps, guitarist Brian Rowbotham, guitarist Jamin Lowe, bassist Andy Bartholomew, drummer Ryan Stocks

Origin: “Brian, Jamin, Andy and I met at SFCC in music theory. We joked about starting a wizard metal band, and even tried to have a practice or two. It didn’t work out,” Phlps said.

Background: Most of the members have had formal training in jazz. Rowbotham took lessons from Myles Kennedy, who fronts Alter Bridge, and Kicho Forrest of local prog-rock band Atomic Clock. Phelps has been singing since he was 9 years old (and screaming since 13).

Next gig: Invidia appears at the local college music showcase tonight at 6 p.m. at The Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave., along with The Back Row Kings, Merrick Diaries, Beaf and My Fatal Mistake. Advance tickets are $6, available through the bands (the bands get half of what they sell in advance … HINT, HINT).

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