We The Kings In-depth Biography
We the Kings are an unapologetically commercial emo-pop band from Bradenton, FL, a small town that doubles as the home base for Tropicana orange juice. Friends since childhood (the band's moniker refers to the name of their junior-high mascot), the foursome -- singer/guitarist Travis Clark, guitarist Hunter Thomsen, his bassist brother Drew Thomsen, and drummer Danny Duncan -- formed the band while attending high school. Under the guidance of manager Bret Disend, the teenaged quartet 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 King's 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, with Smile Kid arrived in late 2009. ~ Stewart Mason, Rovi