We The Kings
Breathe Carolina, T. Mills, The Ready Set, Keep It Cute
31 Webster St.
Hartford, CT, 06114
Doors 7:00 PM
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 is an electro-pop duo from Denver, Colorado. Their music is comprised of synthesized beats and tag-teamed, vocoded vocals ranging from melodic harmonies to abrasive screaming. They have released one iTunes album titled "Gossip", and are soon launching their first hard-copy album, "It's Classy, Not Classic" which releases on Sept. 16th, 2008. This album will feature the songs from "Gossip" and six new additional songs. They are currently touring and playing with bands such as Brokencyde, The Morning Of, Millionaires, and The Secret Handshake!
Featuring killer lead single "Blackout"--a bevy of 80s-tinged electro melodies and hip-shakingly infectious driving beats--every inch of "Hell Is What You Make It" is designed to grab you by the hand and drag you to the dancefloor. Bring on the good times – Breathe Carolina is about to give you the time of your lives!
"Hell Is What You Make It" is out now via Fearless Records!
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
The Ready Set, the brainchild of Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Jordan Witzigreuter is a one-man alternative pop band influenced by life, love and music.
At 19, Witzigreuter, a recent high school graduate, is a jack of all trades; drummer, singer and keyboardist ready to lay his claim in the music world. Using the moniker The Ready Set, young Witzigreuter writes and records all his own music.
Picking up his first drum sticks while in the fifth grade, by the time Witzigreuter was 14 he was a member of multiple bands, but it didn’t take long before he realized that what he really desired was a sound all his own. Age 16 marked a new beginning for the young musician with the formation of his very own solo project - The Ready Set.
While all recordings are made by Witzigreuter, friends do join him on tour to help create a unique and memorable live show - complete with explosive lighting effects, infectious melodies and mind-blowing beats.
Citing everyone from Daft Punk and Kenna to Kanye West as influences, Witzigreuter stresses that there is no specific comparison that can be made for his music - and that is just the way he likes it. To be unique and genuine in today’s scene is something rarely seen by contemporaries today, but it seems to be easily mastered by this young musician. Be sure to check out The Ready Set on tour now let the infectious melodies carry you away. The music - it’s all for you. So turn it up and dance your heart out.