We the Kings

Biography

We the Kings are a melodic emo pop band from Bradenton, Florida, a small Southern town that doubles as the home base for Tropicana orange juice. Friends since childhood (the band's moniker even refers to the name of their junior high school mascot), the four bandmates — singer/guitarist Travis Clark, guitarist Hunter Thomsen, his brother, bassist Drew Thomsen, and drummer Danny Duncan — formed the group while attending high school. Under the guidance of manager Bret Disend, they placed a number of tracks on the social networking site Purevolume in 2007 to build online buzz. Meanwhile, they also pursued a deal with EMI's imprint S-Curve Records, which eventually signed the group.
We the Kings' self-titled debut album was produced by Sam Hollander and mixed by Lou Giordano, both of whom had done work with some of emo pop's most marketable acts, and released in October 2007. "Check Yes Juliet" cracked the Pop 100 that fall, and the group spent much of the following two years on the road, playing shows alongside simpatico bands like the Academy Is... and Hey Monday. They also found time to record a second album, Smile Kid, which arrived in late 2009. Like the band's debut, Smile Kid spawned a Top 100 single with "We'll Be a Dream," which featured guest vocals from Demi Lovato. We the Kings continued to tour heavily, supporting All Time Low for several months before headlining their own shows at home and abroad. The shows stretched into 2011, by which point the group had already begun work on a third album. Sunshine State of Mind was released that summer. That album marked a shift for the band, as they started to incorporate pop and hip-hop influences into their sound. It was We the Kings' last album with Drew Thomsen, who was replaced by Charles Trippy on bass. Another new member, Coley O'Toole, joined the band on keyboard and rhythm guitar for the recording of the group's fourth album, Somewhere Somehow. After an acoustic hits album (2014's Stripped), the band's evolving sound was fully realized on sixth album Strange Love, released in 2015. It featured radio-friendly hip-hop elements and even some disco dance flair on "Love Again," which brought the band away from an All-American Rejects style and into OneRepublic and Great Big World territory.

Birth Date: 2005

Origin: Bradenton, FL

Genre: Alternative 

Years Active: '00s, '10s

    Albums

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    Concerts

    18

    Taft Theatre

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, February 18, 2017

    Cincinnati, OH

    Artists: We the Kings


    20

    The Foundry

    Monday, February 20, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Monday, February 20, 2017

    Philadelphia, PA

    Artists: We the Kings


    22

    House of Independents

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    Start: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    Asbury Park, NJ

    Artists: We the Kings


    26

    Brighton Music Hall

    Sunday, February 26, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, February 26, 2017

    Boston, MA

    Artists: We the Kings


    28

    Virgin Mobile Mod Club

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Toronto, ON

    Artists: We the Kings


    2

    The Club at Stage AE

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Artists: We the Kings


    4

    The Shelter

    Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Detroit, MI

    Artists: We the Kings


    9

    Bottom Lounge

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    Start: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, March 9, 2017

    Chicago, IL

    Artists: We the Kings


    19

    Constellation Room

    Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Start: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Santa Ana, CA

    Artists: We the Kings


    27

    The Masquerade

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Monday, March 27, 2017

    Atlanta, GA

    Artists: We the Kings


    30

    Orpheum

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Tampa, FL

    Artists: We the Kings


    2

    Revolution Live

    Sunday, April 2, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 9, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, April 2, 2017

    Ft Lauderdale, FL

    Artists: We the Kings


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