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