We The Kings, an alternative pop-rock band from Bradenton, Florida released their self-titled debut CD on October 2 (S-Curve Records). The CD had an impressive debut on the Billboard Heatseekers chart where it is currently #11 and it is #6 on the Billboard Alternative New Artist chart. Additionally, the band has a strong presence on the Internet with over 2.6 million plays on MySpace and they are currently #13 on MySpace’s Alternative Top Artist chart.
To coincide with the release of the CD, the band shot a music video for the song “Skyway Avenue,” which has received a tremendous response. The video won mtvU’s “The Freshman” competition (a contest where viewers vote on line for their favorite video) and is in full-time rotation (20-25 spins per week). The video also hit the #2 spot on both the Dean’s List (determined by searches, streams and profile views) and the “Most Streamed Video” on mtvU.com. The views on YouTube are huge with 600,000 plays.
“Skyway Avenue,” is on heavy rotation on AOL Radio’s Emo station with 46 spins per week with a listener score of 9.47 out of 10. Other tracks on the CD have been tapped for usage on national TV shows. “This Is Our Town,” a ballad, which serves as a love letter to the band’s hometown has been prominently featured on the CW network during promo’s for the upcoming season of “One Tree Hill.” The song was also featured on MTV’s Newport Harbor, along with the song, “Stay Young.”
We The Kings, Travis Clark (vocals/guitar), Hunter Thomsen (guitar, backing vocals), Drew Thomsen (bass) and Danny Duncan (drums), took their name from King Middle School, where all four band members attended.
On their debut, the Florida natives embrace their upbringing showing love for Bradenton on their self-titled disc. Songs such as “Skyway Avenue,” August Is Over,” and “This Is Our Town” speak directly to Bradenton locales and the culture of the resort community. Guitarist Hunter Thomsen even proudly sports a tattoo of the Sunshine State on his chest.
“We really just wanted to reflect on how much our hometown means to us, how it sculpted us and, even beyond the band, how long we’ve all been together,” says singer/guitarist/songwriter Travis Clark.
In 2007, the band inked a deal with S-Curve Records and went into the studio to create their debut album. The album was produced by S*A*M and Sluggo (Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship) and mixed by Lou Giordano (Plain White T’s, Taking Back Sunday) and Tom Lord-Alge (Fall Out Boy, Blink-182). We The Kings is managed by Bret Disend/Ozone Entertainment (Boys Like Girls, Metro Station).
We The Kings have been touring non-stop since this summer with bands such as Boys Like Girls, All Time Low, Madina Lake, and Mayday Parade. This month, the band will hit the road for “The Really Really Ridiculously Good Looking Tour,” with Cobra Starship, Metro Station and The Cab. The tour runs through March and tickets are in high demand with 23 cities already sold out! We The Kings summer touring plans include a coveted slot on the entire Vans Warped Tour 2008.
Tour Itinerary Is As Follows
All Shows Are All Ages
15 School of Rock, South Hackensack, NJ (Sold Out)
16 The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY
17 Revolution Hall, Troy, NY
18 Highline Ballroom, New York City (Sold Out)
19 Trackside Teen Centre, Wilton, CT (Sold Out)
20 Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge MA (Two Shows 1 PM and 7PM. The 7PM show is Sold Out)
22 Studio JPR, Montreal, QUE
23 The Mod Club Theatre, Toronto, ONT (Sold Out)
24 Mohawk Place, Buffalo, NY (Sold Out)
25 Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, OH (Sold Out)
26 Magic Stick, Detroit, MI (Sold Out)
27 The Basement, Columbus, OH (Sold Out)
28-29 Subterranean, Chicago, IL (Sold Out)
30 The Eagles Club/Rave, Milwaukee, WI
31 Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN (Sold Out)
1 Creepy Crawl, St. Louis, MO
3 Beaumont Club, Kansas City, MO
5 The Marquis Theater, Denver, CO (Sold Out)
6 Club Sound, Salt Lake City, UT
7 The Big Easy, Boise, ID
8 Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR (Sold Out)
9 Chop Suey, Seattle, WA (Sold Out)
10 The Plaza, Vancouver, BC
12 The Boardwalk, Orangevale, CA
13 Slim’s, San Francisco, CA (Sold Out)
14 Soma, San Diego, CA (Sold Out)
15 Glasshouse, Pomona, CA (Sold Out)
16 Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA (Sold Out)
17 Jillian’s, Las Vegas, NV
18 The Rock, Tucson, AZ
19 The Clubhouse, Tempe, AZ
20 Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
21 House of Blues (Cambridge Room), Dallas, TX (Sold Out)
22 Emo’s, Austin, TX
23 Warehouse Live, Houston, TX (Sold Out)
24 Parish at House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
26 State Theatre, St. Petersburg, FL
27 Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
28 The Social, Orlando, FL (Sold Out)
29 The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA (Sold Out)
1 Casbah at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, NC
2 The Norva, Norfolk, VA
4 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
5 Diesel, Pittsburgh, PA
6 Fillmore at Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
7 Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA
8 Crazy Donkey, Farmingdale, NY (Sold Out)