We The Kings, an alternative pop/rock band from Bradenton, Florida released their self-titled debut CD on October 2 (S-Curve Records) are on the rise and poised to reign in 2008.
We The Kings CD has been consistently charting in the Top 10 of iTunes’ Top Alternative Albums chart and garnered high positions on iTunes’ Top Albums chart as well. Beginning this week and just in time for Valentine’s Day, their up-beat and infectious pop/rock song, “Check Yes Juliet” has been chosen as the iTunes “Single Of The Week,” (February 5 through 12).
We The Kings have also been receiving a tremendous response on mtvU and have been selected for the “Freshman Five” Spring 2008 Edition. Every semester, mtvU chooses five up-and-coming artists who they deem to be on their way to moving up from college favorites to household names. mtvU recently elevated their music video, “Skyway Avenue” to “Summa Cum Laude” (highest rotation 45-50 spins per week) and the video is also the #1 the Most Streamed Video on mtvU.com.
“Skyway Avenue” is also in rotation on Fuse and has received over 800,000 plays on YouTube. A new video was recently shot for the song “Check Yes Juliet,” and directed by Alan Ferguson (Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heroes, Boys Like Girls, etc.).
The CD has logged multiple weeks in the Top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers chart and this week it is “Greatest Gainer.” The record is also currently #4 on the Billboard Alternative New Artist chart. Additionally, the band has had a strong presence on MySpace with over 3.3 million plays and they’ve consistently been in the Top 10 of MySpace’s Alternative Top Artist chart.
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. 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.
“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 are currently on the sold out “The Really Really Ridiculously Good Looking Tour,” with Cobra Starship, Metro Station and The Cab. Next up, the band will hit the road for their own national headline tour titled “Long Hair Don’t Care,” and this summer the band have landed a coveted slot on the entire Vans Warped Tour 2008.
Itinerary For The “Long Hair Don’t Care” Tour Is As Follows: (All Ages Shows)
March 26 1982 Bar, Gainesville, FL
27 Sluggo’s, Pensacola, FL
28 Rocketown, Nashville, TN
29 The Village, Little Rock, AR
30 The Conservatory, Oklahoma City, OK
April 1 Skrappy’s, Tucson, AZ
2 Modified, Phoenix, AZ
8 Porter’s Club, La Jolla, CA
9 The Boardwalk, Orangevale, CA
11 The Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, CO
12 Sokol Underground, Omaha, NE
13 Picador, Iowa City, IA
14 The House Café, DeKalb, IL
15 The Mad Hatter, Covington, KY
16 Bulldog Café, Louisville, KY
17 Sector 7G, Augusta, GA
18 Troy Theater at Swint Hall, Wheeling, WV
19 The Soapbox Laundrolounge, Wilmington, NC
20 Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville, FL
21 New Brookland Tavern, Columbia, SC
22 The Norva, Norfolk, VA
23 The Ottobar, Baltimore, MD
24 Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA
25 Jaggard United, Altoona, PA
26 Club Infinity, Williamsville, NY
27 Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT
29 Living Room, Providence, RI
May 1 ICC Performance Hall, Allston, MA