Bradenton's We The Kings builds music career

Special to the HeraldMarch 10, 2014 

We The Kings of Bradenton is in the midst of a 25-date tour. The band has evolved since 2005 when four childhood friends decided to pursue a musical career. PHOTO PROVIDED

From an unknown garage band to one of the more successful American rock groups in the nation, We The Kings of Bradenton has built a consistent career.

Friends since childhood, We The Kings originally started with four members in 2005: lead vocalist Travis Clark, drummer Danny Duncan, guitarist Hunter Thomsen and bassist Drew Thomsen -- all students at Manatee High School.

While attending high school, the band went on its first tour with Don't Die Cindy in summer of 2005 and its musical career took off.

Popular social network Purevolume, allowing users to publish their music to the Internet, kickstarted the band's career.

When published in 2007, We The Kings released a self-titled album after signing a record deal with S-Curve Records. The "We The Kings" album reached spot No. 151 on the Billboard's Top 200 -- a major accomplishment for a new band.

With the debut album, the

band also released a single that drastically changed the lives of its members.

"Check Yes Juliet" was an even bigger hit rising to No. 70 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 25 on the Pop Songs chart.

Following up on its initial album release and memorable single, the band was invited to tour with headliner Boys Like Girls and other groups such as All Time Low.

The 2007 tour was a gateway to bigger and better opportunities for the band. We The Kings played at many famous venues and were guests at the Warped Tour in late 2008, which toured all over the United States and the United Kingdom.

When the tour ended, the band released a sophomore album in 2009 titled "Smile Kid," which again placed in the Billboard Top 200.

Major changes occurred in 2011 after the release of its follow-up album, "Sunshine State of Mind."

Bassist Thomsen left the band and famous Youtube vlogger Charles Trippy, also from Bradenton, took his place.

Coley O'Toole, keyboard and rhythm guitar, also joined the band.

The new additions sent We The Kings soaring to new heights, performing in Switzerland, Austria, Denmark and England on a variety of tours.

Working at a fast pace, the band began to record its fourth album in early January 2013. To publish the new album titled, "Somewhere Somehow," We The Kings switched recording labels and signed with Ozone Entertainment.

The band released its newest album in December.

The band still has roughly 25 dates of its own Art of War tour, named after one of the top-grossing songs off the album, "Art of War."

From the underdogs of Bradenton to the top of the charts, We The Kings continues to take its music to new heights.

To check out We The Kings' latest album and tour dates, go to or become one of the group's 1.4 million Facebook followers.

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