We The Kings
Breathe Carolina, T. Mills, The Ready Set, Keep It Cute
1308 4th Street SE
Minneapolis, MN, 55414
Doors 5:00 PM / Show 5:30 PM
This event is all ages
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We The Kings
For pop-rock quartet We The Kings, it's all about staying connected – with each other, with their hometown roots, and especially with their fans. Named for hometown Bradenton, Florida's King Middle School where they first made music together, the band – Travis Clark (lead vocals, guitar), Hunter Thomsen (guitar, backing vocals), Drew Thomsen (bass) and Danny Duncan (drums) – has grown into one of the most engaging and exciting acts on the pop-rock circuit. Talent, ambition, and hard work have all played a part, but for We The Kings, nurturing the bonds between the band and their fans is what makes it all happen.
Their self-titled debut album hit #1 on Billboard's New Alternative Album sales chart and spawned the Billboard-charting tracks "Secret Valentine" and "Check Yes Juliet," which is nearing Platinum status.
Their music has been licensed for the CW, MTV, Rock Band, and more, and they were nominated for a 2008 mtvU College Radio Woodie Award. Appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and MTV's TRL and Spring Break 2008 have further boosted the band's visibility. Constantly on the road, in 2009 they headlined their own tours as well as the 2009 Vans Warped Tour.
Since Warped wrapped up, the band has been in the studio recording their sophomore disc, produced by S*A*M & Sluggo (Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, Metro Station) which will be released December 8. The infectious first single, "Heaven Can Wait," is gaining nationwide airplay, climbing the Billboard Singles chart, and has already reached the Top 10 on the Alternative Singles chart.
The title of the new release, Smile Kid (S-Curve), sums up the band's attitude. As Clark explains, "we are all about living life as happy as possible, and when you seem down, just remember to Smile Kid :)" Infectious high spirits and camaraderie energize their on-the-road videos and live performances. The joy they take in being on stage is palpable at every show; having fun and sharing that feeling with the audience is what it's all about. "It's always been based on friendship," says Clark, "which is why I think we get along so well together and why we're able to tour eleven months out of the year without wanting to kill each other."
Breathe Carolina are a 5 piece pop-electronic act from Denver, CO. The band started on west coast indie Fearless records and cut their teeth on years of touring the Van's Warped Tour and becoming seasoned road dogs. The band's sophomore album Hello Fascinationwas released August 18th, 2009, the album debuted at #43 on the Billboard 200. In early 2011, and the band began recording Hell Is What You Make It with producer Ian Kirkpatrick (Neon Trees, Plain White T's). Prior to the July 12th, 2011 release of Hell Is What You Make It, Breathe Carolina made their Late Night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! while their single "Blackout" started climbing the radio charts, the band hit the road for a headlining tour of the US that kept them out for the entire summer. In September 2011, Jon Caramanica at the New York Times included the album in his "Playlist" column writing, "…it's one of the year's best pure pop albums" and this past December Brian Mansfield at USA Today featured them in an "On The Verge" piece. On the eve of their single Blackout being certified platinum, the band has wrapped a brand new record for release fall of 2013. The future is bright for Breathe Carolina as they announce a year of tour dates and their brand new record entitled "Savages."
23-year-old Travis Tatum Mills has been able to turn a laptop musical experimentation in his bedroom into national tours and a deal with Columbia Records, all in just over two years. But the rapid ascent didn't come without plenty of work.
In March 2012, Travis received a 2012 MTV Woodie Award nomination for Best New Artist. Over the past few years he has amassed a dedicated and loyal fan base with over 15+ million cumulative Youtube views, 530,000 Facebook fans and 200,000 twitter followers. His viral hit single "Vans On" went to top 27 at Rhythm radio this past summer and saw Mills playing to thousands of fans daily on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour.
His latest project, the Thrillionaire mixtape was released on Datpiff.com in Summer 12' and received over 100,000 downloads. Mills is currently in the studio working on his major label debut album to be released later this year. The lead single "Loud" produced by Pop of Pop and Oak is available on iTunes from March 4.
The Ready Set
Jordan Witzigreuter was only 20 when it all happened. Nearly overnight, the young Indiana-born musician—who had spent the better part of his teens writing an arsenal of illegally catchy, electro-pop songs—was plucked from near obscurity and thrust into the spotlight. “I started playing shows to a couple people in someone’s basement,” Witzigreuter remembers. “Then, a year and a half later, I was playing radio festivals with Maroon 5 to 10,000 people.”
It’s the ups and downs of life, love and music that inspired the singer’s latest and long-awaited album, The Bad And The Better, out May 20 on Razor & Tie. “To me, my whole life, my whole career—the good and bad—has been about taking things as they come,” waxes The Ready Set centerpiece. “Everything goes up and down like a rollercoaster. You just have to go along with it and not hang on too tight to anything. You have to let life happen and enjoy it.”
Five years have passed since the release of TRS’s debut album, I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming, which hit No. 3 on Billboard’s Heatseakers chart, thanks to the platinum-selling success of the LP’s first single, “Love Like Woe”—and a lot’s happened to Witzigreuter since. Lucky for fans, you can hear the singer’s ongoing evolution—both personally and musically—in each of the 11 songs on The Bad And The Better, produced by Ian Kirkpatrick (Neon Trees, Young The Giant, Breathe Carolina).
“When my first song, (“Love Like Woe”) did really well, people kept telling me, ‘Do that again.’ After a while, it becomes really transparent.,” says Witzigreuter. “A lot of pop albums can be bland if they’re just chasing this one sound throughout. I wanted to make sure my [album] sounded exactly like me.”
From the first guitar strums of the album’s opening song, “Higher,” which also happens to be the lead single, it’s almost impossible not to smile and dance along with Witzigreuter’s signature rapid-fire verses and synth-fueled choruses. “I wanted to make a really uplifting, inspirational song because I wrote it at a time when I was in the opposite mindset. I wrote it to almost convince myself things could get better, so it came out of this anxiety-fueled state. It’s about being able to look beyond the things in front of you that weigh you down and rise above it.”
The Ready Set has always written misfit anthems, and new song “Castaway” is a great theme song for dark horses everywhere. Featuring an appearance from rapper Jake Miller, the lyrics are driven by all the TRS fans who’ve approached him over the years to express how much the band’s music means to them. “I was really inspired by all the things I’ve heard from my fans through their notes and letters,” says Witzigreuter, who admits his fans were the ones to give him faith when he was going through his own dark times. “I wanted it to be one of those songs that lifts up the underdog a little bit and gives people hope.”
Witzigreuter is looking forward headlining this summer’s Warped Tour, which will be a great opportunity to introduce new songs off The Bad And The Better and connect with fans, both loyal listeners and recent converts. After all, the release of the band’s sophomore album marks a new chapter in the life of The Ready Set—and no one’s more excited to turn the page than Witzigreuter himself. “The new music really captures the essence of who the band is right now, which kind of translates into a new beginning for me as an artist."
Keep It Cute
Composed of Ryan Alexander (Vocals), Matt Zaval (Guitar), Aldo Lazcano (Bass) and Kevin Diaz de Leon (Drums), the San Antonio, TX quartet have developed the perfect marriage of the Pop and Rock n' Roll genres to clearly position themselves for continued success. Formed by Ryan Alexander before his high school years, the band released their debut EP New Beginnings in early 2012 and immediately turned heads.
New Beginnings was recorded at Engaged Audio Studios in Springfield, MO with Kevin Gates [Never Shout Never, The Ready Set] and mastered by Troy Glessner [Anberlin]. The EP blends infectious melodies and hard-hitting choruses to develop something entirely their own. The toe-tapping debut urges listeners to embrace the simple beauties of life and to focus on the present and the future.
In addition to pinning down a position in April 2013's "100 Bands You Need To Know" issue of Alternative Press, the band had also secured slots on 2012's South by Southwest and Warped Tour festivals.
While the music speaks on its own, the band understands the strong importance of a direct connection between the artist and their fan base. "Our biggest accomplishment is being able to speak with each and every one of our fans along the way, whether it be in person or through the use of social media," exclaims Alexander. "They are the driving force behind everything that we do, and we have been blessed with their support."