The Bradenton, Fla. Pop/Punk quartet formed in high school just two years prior to their first album and were initially known as Broken Image, then De Soto. The band — vocalist/guitarist Travis Clark, guitarist Hunter Thomsen, bassist Drew Thomsen and drummer Danny Duncan — earned a reputation as a hard-working road act and began building an online profile by posting tracks on Purevolume, which ultimately led to their signing with EMI imprint S-Curve.
We The Kings continued their relentless road schedule with supporting and headlining tours, including playing every date of the 2008 Warped Tour. In late 2009, the band released its sophomore album, Smile Kid, which featured their top 30 hit “Heaven Can Wait” and its follow-up, “We’ll Be a Dream,” which scored a little higher on the Pop Songs chart, partly due to the presence of guest vocalist Demi Lovato.
In 2011, the band dropped its most successful album to date, Sunshine State of Mind, which cracked the Top 50. Three months after its release, bassist Drew Thomsen opted out of the group and was replaced by Charles Trippy. At the same time, We The Kings also added keyboardist/guitarist Coley O’Toole, and it was that lineup that recorded the band’s fourth album, 2013’s Somewhere Somehow, the first since splitting with S-Curve.
After completing the 2014 Warped Tour, Clark began writing new material as well as rearranging songs from Somewhere Somehow for an acoustic set. That recording project, titled Stripped, was released in late 2014, and the band’s fifth album, Strange Love, was released the following year. Early last year, as Clark worked on new material, We The Kings released a cover of “The Story of Tonight” from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hugely popular musical, Hamilton, and the single was released through S-Curve.
We The Kings will be performing its debut album in its entirety on the 10th anniversary tour, including tracks from the album that the group has only played a handful of times.
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