A Skylit Drive

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A Skylit Drive
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Background information
Origin Lodi, California
Genres Post-hardcore, metalcore
Years active 2005–present
Labels Fearless, Tragic Hero, Roadrunner
Associated acts Odd Project, Watchout! Theres Ghosts, Alesana WeAreGiant, Eyes Set to Kill, Escape the Fate, In Fear and Faith, Blessthefall, The Word Alive, The Dead Rabbitts
Website www.askylitdrive.net
Members Michael Jagmin
Brian White
Nick Miller
Cory La Quay
Kyle Simmons
Past members Curtis Daniger
Jordan Blake
Joey Wilson

A Skylit Drive is an American Post-hardcore band from Lodi, California. The band has released one DVD, one EP and four studio albums: Wires...and the Concept of Breathing on May 20, 2008, Adelphia on June 9, 2009, Identity On Fire on February 15, 2011, and most recently Rise, released on September 24, 2013.

As of 2012, the band consists of Michael Jagmin (lead vocals), Brian White (bass guitar, screams), Nick Miller (lead guitar), Cory La Quay (drums, percussion), and Kyle Simmons (keyboards, rhythm guitar). Original member Joey Wilson left the band in 2012, and former singer Jordan Blake leave in 2007, respectively. Original vocalist Michael Jagmin has provided lead vocals for the band since his return in 2008. He is often recognized for his countertenor singing range.

History[edit]

Formation and She Watched the Sky EP (2006–2007)[edit]

A Skylit Drive's original members all met while attending Lodi High School in Lodi. Michael Jagmin and Cory La Quay (drummer) attended Franklin High School in Elk Grove, California. Jagmin later left the band to be part of Odd Project. Their debut EP, She Watched the Sky, was released early in 2007 on Tragic Hero.[1] Following this, the group toured with Four Letter Lie, Blessthefall, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Greeley Estates, Oh, Sleeper, The Blackout, Alesana, Before Their Eyes, Dance Gavin Dance, Kenotia, Pierce the Veil, and From First to Last.

Jordan Blake left the band mid-tour around November 2007 due to ulcers that made it difficult for him to sing. Blake's departure was mutual between him and the other members of the group. He then formed the musical projects Watchout! Theres Ghosts!, JbdJ, Trances, and The Legend. The Leader with Etienne Sin and Dani Quero.

Following departure from A Skylit Drive, Curtis Daniger aided A Skylit Drive on the bass guitar for a few shows after leaving Dance Gavin Dance. Original singer, Michael "Jag" Jagmin, then rejoined to complete the current line up. through all their personnel changes amongst members, the band has managed to retain the same recording personnel who produced their earliest material. Jessy Mickles is their head recording supervisor.

Wires...and the Concept of Breathing (2008)[edit]

A demo version of "Knights of the Round," was performed live with Jonny Craig as the lead vocalist during his few performances with the band in November 2007. Though Craig had written lyrics to the song, only the chorus or refrain is believed to have been kept in the final album version sang by their founding, permanent vocalist Michael "Jag" Jagmin, who was also lead singer of Odd Project. Craig Mabbitt also tried out for lead vocals after leaving blessthefall, but later joined Escape the Fate after dialing the wrong number in an attempt to contact A Skylit Drive's Manager, but instead reaching Escape the Fate's. The full length Wires...and the Concept of Breathing (produced by Mitchell Marlow and Allen Jacob) appeared in May 2008.[2][3][4][5] The album hit No. 171 on the U.S. Billboard 200,[6] as well as No. 9 on the Top Heatseekers Chart and No. 20 on the Top Independent Albums chart.[7] Shortly after the release of the album they filmed a music video for the nonprofit group To Write Love on Her Arms directed by Robby Starbuck.[8] They appeared at The Bamboozle Left in 2008 and toured in the summer of that year with Sky Eats Airplane, Breathe Carolina, and Emarosa.

They toured with Greeley Estates, August Burns Red, Sky Eats Airplane, This or the Apocalypse, Escape the Fate, Alesana, Chiodos, and Silverstein during fall in 2008. They also filmed a live DVD called "Let Go of the Wires", which was released on December 9, 2008.

In Mid-November the band released a music video for the song "Wires and the Concept of Breathing". The video can be viewed through their MySpace profile. Their song "This Isn't the End" is now the music video on their MySpace directed by Robby Starbuck about teen suicide in conjunction with the non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms. Both videos are on their first full length album, Wires... and the Concept of Breathing, and the band has shot other videos for songs on the album. They have announced that there will be five brand new videos on their upcoming DVD "Let Go of the Wires" as well as live performance footage from a show at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA. The DVD was released exclusively at Hot Topic on December 9, 2008.

On December 19, 2008, it was announced that A Skylit Drive would be a part of the Vans Warped Tour 2009 lineup. A day before Warped Tour 2009 began, the band appeared at a Hot Topic store in Montclair,CA.

Adelphia (2009–2010)[edit]

In their DVD, "Let Go of the Wires", the band discussed plans for their next album. The album was to be titled "Glaciers". The band later announced that this would not be the title of their new album. On May 26, 2009, A Skylit Drive released a new song, entitled "Those Cannons Could Sink a Ship" onto iTunes and also for play on their MySpace page. The song is the first of their new album to be released on iTunes.[9] Their second full-length album, Adelphia, was released on June 9, 2009 and peaked at number 64 on the Billboard 200.[10] The band released a music video for "Those Cannons Could Sink A Ship!" on October 19, 2009, directed by Spence Nicholson.

On January 8, 2009, the band announced, via a MySpace bulletin, that they were now a part of Fearless Records and to expect a new album release sometime in 2009. They also announced tour dates with Dance Gavin Dance. A Skylit Drive was a part of Warped Tour for the 2009 season. the band also did a signing at hot topic in Montclair,CA the day before the first day of Warped Tour 2009. During the tour they did signings for the non-profit organization Music Saves Lives. A Skylit Drive recently announced a new tour with Senses Fail starting on September 30.[11] After their American tour, the band did their first tour of Europe.

On December 6, 2009, the band recorded a cover of Journey's "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" for the next Punk Goes compilation.

During February–March 2010, the band toured with We Came as Romans, Of Mice & Men, The Word Alive, and headliners Alesana, nationwide. During a New York City set on February 16, Dee Snider (vocalist of Twisted Sister) appeared to see the show, and hang out with the band(s). On his Twitter, Jag was quoted saying, "I'm never going to get over hearing Dee Snyder compliment my voice. Dee, "can you really pull it off every night?". Me, "You'll see."

This tour, titled The Emptiness Tour, will continue Spring 2010 in the U.K. and Europe. While Of Mice & Men, We Came as Romans, and The Word Alive won't be appearing out of the U.S. shows, ASD (as well as Alesana) will be sharing the tour with Emarosa and Bury Tomorrow.

Identity on Fire (2011)[edit]

On his Formspring account, Jagmin predicted that A Skylit Drive would begin writing and recording a follow-up to Adelphia during Summer 2010. He also suggested that the album would see an early 2011 release.[12]

In February 2010 Hassle Records published on their web site "We have new recruits to the Hassle Records family, please welcome A Skylit Drive with open arms... Fresh out of California, A Skylit Drive have been together in their current line-up since 2007 and have been touring their unique brand of metalcore across the US. We released their second album Adelphia in October and the UK joined the ever growing A Skylit Drive bandwagon. Catch the band on the rapidly selling out UK / Europe tour with Alesana in April."[13]

The band announced via MySpace that on May 29, 2010, the band Desires of Sires will debut on their Adelphia tour. Recently, Michael Jagmin hinted on Twitter that A Skylit Drive is currently writing new material.[14] A Skylit Drive is recording new demos. The band's MySpace layout changed in July 2010 with a new message saying that A Skylit Drive was in the studio recording a new album with Cameron Webb for early 2011.[15]

The band was on the "Average Guys with Exceptional Hair" tour with bands Woe, Is Me, For All Those Sleeping, Motionless in White and Scarlett O'Hara.

On December 7, 2010, the band announced the tracklisting for the album and a date set on February 15, 2011. They have been on tour mid January through February with Underoath, Thursday, and Animals as Leaders.[16] The band has released a music video for "Too Little Too Late" on January 12, 2011.

They will participate in all dates of the Warped Tour 2011[17] at the Ernie Ball stage.

The band has also announced they will be on a European tour set for Autumn 2011 along with Woe, Is Me, I Set My Friends on Fire, and Sleeping with Sirens.

On September 9, 2011 the band posted that they're in the studio recording a cover song for the upcoming Punk Goes... Compilation.[18] The pre-production began on Monday September 12.[19][20][21] The cover of "Love the Way You Lie" was announced via Facebook.

On January 20, 2012 A Skylit Drive released The Cali Buds music video, via Altpress.com.

In February 2012, A Skylit Drive toured South East Asia with Australian band, For This Cause.

Departure of Joey Wilson, Fallen & Rise (2012–present)[edit]

On July 22, 2012 the band posted that they had officially began the pre-production (first half) for the follow up to "Identity On Fire".[22] They stated that they would be entering the studio with Cameron Mizell around summer 2013. On September 19, it was speculated by fans that lead guitarist Joey Wilson had left the band. He confirmed this via a Facebook post stating he has parted ways with the band.[23] There is no official word from the band and he has yet to state an official reason for his departure. Wilson has stated that he intends on furthering his music career with a new project with former A Skylit Drive lead vocalist Jordan Blake, called Speak Of The Devil.[24]

A Skylit Drive entered the studio on Friday, October 26, 2012 to begin recording a new single;[25][26] however, the actual recording sessions for the new album did not begin until June 1, 2013.[27]

Their new single, titled "Fallen", was released on November 30, 2012 on the band's YouTube channel.[28] On November 29, the lyric video for the single was posted on Tragic Hero Records' official YouTube channel with Fearless stating the new album will be a joint venture between both labels.[29] On November 26, the band embarked on the Nut Up or Shut Up tour with Skip the Foreplay, At the Skylines, and Blessthefall. On December 4, A Skylit Drive performed "Fallen" live for the first time at the Opera House in Toronto, Canada.

The second half of pre-production began on February 3, 2013 in LA.[30][31]

It was announced on April 22, 2013, that the band entered the studio a week before to continue writing their album with Jim Wirt (Hoobastank, Alien Ant Farm). It's also known that Kit Walters, Mitchell Marlow and Al Jacobs who already worked on the debut album Wires And The Concept Of Breathing, will be involved as well.[32]

On April 26, 2013 A Skylit Drive attended a press conference for the Pulp Summer Slam XIII Til Death Do Us Part rock festival in Manila, Philippines. The press conference also included progressive rock bands Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive, which played the festival along with metal bands DragonForce, As I Lay Dying, Cannibal Corpse, and Amoral.[33]

The last day of pre-production with Jim Wirt in Cleveland was on May 10, 2013.[34] The official recording sessions with producer Cameron Mizell began on June 1 at the Chango Studios in Lake Mary, Florida.[35][36] Drums, bass, guitar and electronics were officially completed on June 14.[37] with the band then going to Cameron Mizell's studio in Phoenix, Arizona, to record vocals. Lead vocalist Michael Jagmin has also stated in fan mail that unclean vocals are performed by himself, and White.[38] The band finished recording on June 30, 2013.[39][40]

On July 18, the band announced that their brand new album will be entitled Rise, and is set for release on September 24. They have also announced a headlining tour with supporters For All Those Sleeping, Wolves at the Gate, I the Mighty, and PVRIS in support of the new album. The first batch of tour dates were announced on July 24.

On July 31, the band released the first single and title track off their new album, "Rise". The band also announced an Australian tour supporting Dream On Dreamer on August 13, and on the following day, released the tracklisting for Rise along with another batch of tour dates for their headliner. On September 6, the band release the second single of the album titled "Unbreakable".

Rise was released on September 24, 2013, and sold over 10,000 copies in its first week of release. It marked the biggest opening week for both A Skylit Drive and Tragic Hero Records. The band also announced on October 7 that they would be headlining a UK and European tour during November - December 2013 with supporters Violet and Here Lies a Warning, which was cancelled shortly after.[41]

On December 18, 2013 the band announced "The Unconditional Tour" beginning late April through March with fellow acts The Word Alive, Memphis May Fire, Hands Like Houses and Beartooth.[42] They also announced that they would once again be performing on Warped Tour for the 2014 season.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
EPs

Members[edit]

Current members
Former members
  • Curtis Danger - Bass guitar (2005)
  • Jordan Blake - Lead vocals (2005-2007)
  • Joey Wilson - Lead guitar (2005-2012)
Touring members

References[edit]

  1. ^ Review of She Watched the Sky. AbsolutePunk, February 10, 2007.
  2. ^ Review of Wires. Taking Over, May 19, 2008.
  3. ^ old habits_4406.html Review of Wires. New-Noise.net
  4. ^ Review of Wires. AbsolutePunk, May 20, 2008.
  5. ^ Review of Wires. Paste Punk.
  6. ^ Charts. Billboard.com
  7. ^ Charts, Allmusic
  8. ^ A Skylit Drive Films Three Videos in Three Days. HM Magazine, June 29, 2008.
  9. ^ Myspace
  10. ^ Billboard.com - Discography - A Skylit Drive - Adelphia
  11. ^ Eventful Performers
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ Hassle Records. February 10, 2010.
  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ A Skylit Drive Znajomy A Skylit Drive
  16. ^ "Identity On Fire" Tracklisting + Release Date
  17. ^ Alter The Press!: A Skylit Drive To Play 2011 Warped Tour
  18. ^ https://www.facebook.com/ASkylitDrive/posts/10150309316157943
  19. ^ https://www.facebook.com/ASkylitDrive/posts/10150314181757943
  20. ^ https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=210517459011853&id=100001608001776
  21. ^ https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=210672735662992&id=100001608001776
  22. ^ https://www.facebook.com/ASkylitDrive/posts/10151049764712943
  23. ^ http://www.facebook.com/joeyasd/posts/418493638214233
  24. ^ http://www.facebook.com/SPEAKOFTHEDEVILOFFICIAL
  25. ^ http://www.facebook.com/ASkylitDrive/posts/10151220014912943
  26. ^ http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/9266_10151230014132943_1447165401_n.jpg
  27. ^ https://twitter.com/cmizell928/status/273578599955701761
  28. ^ http://www.facebook.com/ASkylitDrive/posts/379957915426645
  29. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWgtUMFf_IM
  30. ^ http://www.facebook.com/ASkylitDrive/posts/10151416947877943
  31. ^ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151387578267943&set=a.10151260017822943.494233.86493702942&type=1
  32. ^ http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=3138241
  33. ^ "A Skylit Drive Press Conference in Manila, Philippines". Guitarhoo!. Guitarhoo.com. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  34. ^ http://instagram.com/p/ZJOF6MjTRr/#
  35. ^ http://tinypic.com/r/102kz8z/5
  36. ^ http://tinypic.com/r/t7o7mf/5
  37. ^ https://www.facebook.com/ASkylitDrive/posts/10151654296622943
  38. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151657947317943&set=a.92710717942.85346.86493702942&type=1
  39. ^ https://twitter.com/MichaelJagmin/status/351446064026484738
  40. ^ http://bryanstars.com/post/54367128388/a-skylit-drive-has-finished-recording-vocals-for
  41. ^ https://www.facebook.com/ASkylitDrive/posts/10151998171947943
  42. ^ http://www.theprp.com/2013/12/19/news/memphis-may-fire-the-word-alive-a-skylit-drive-etc-tour-officially-announced/

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