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Amber Pacific at Warped Tour, July 12, 2007
|Also known as||Follow Through|
|Origin||Federal Way, Washington, United States|
|Genres||Pop punk emo|
Hopeless (2004-2008)Victory (2009-2011, 2014-present)
|Past members||Jesse Cottam
Amber Pacific is an American band that formed in 2002 in Federal Way, Washington. The band released three full length albums, The Possibility and the Promise in 2005, Truth in Sincerity in 2007, and Virtues in 2010.
Formation and first releases
Amber Pacific began as group of high school juniors that performed locally in their hometown near Seattle, under the name Follow Through. The band consisted of Will Nutter, Tyler Peerson, and Blake Evans. In late 2002, vocalist Matt Young also joined the band. In the summer of 2003, Tyler and Blake left the band to pursue other interests and were replaced by Greg Strong and Dango. In 2005, after changing their name to Amber Pacific, the band released their debut album,The Possibility and the Promise, under Hopeless Records.
Ben Harper (originally in Yellowcard) joined Amber Pacific before the recording of their second studio album, Truth in Sincerity. Recording started in October 2006, but Harper left the band before the end of the year. The band released the album on May 22, 2007, selling around 10,000 copies in America in its first week and landing on the Billboard 200 at number 64. The first song released as a single from the album was entitled "Fall Back Into My Life" and appears on the TMNT soundtrack. A video was made for the song and a second single, entitled "You're Only Young Once", was released as well.
New vocalist and third release
In February 2008, lead vocalist Matt Young left Amber Pacific, to pursue a career in public education as a principal, in "hopes that [he] can better prepare future generations for what lies ahead." The band has since found a new vocalist, Jesse Cottam. Jesse was formerly the lead vocalist of the Canadian band Sevens Angel, as well as a contestant on Canadian Idol. Guitarist/singer Davy Rispoli, a frequent touring member, was officially announced to have joined the band along with Jesse in the band's video blog (see Amber Pacific MySpace).
On January 27, 2009, the band uploaded three new songs to their official MySpace page, featuring Jesse Cottam as their new singer. They later released a self-titled digital EP on iTunes featuring the three songs on February 25. The new album, Virtues, was released on April 13, 2010, through Victory Records. The song "Three Words" was released as the album's first single.
Return of Matt Young and lineup changes
On February 9, 2011, it was announced that Matt Young had rejoined Amber Pacific. The band plans a series of acoustic performances and guitarist Will Nutter stated he's been writing songs in the same vein as the band's first record. On February 15, 2011, Greg Strong announced on the band's Facebook that he is no longer in the band. Days later, guitarist Will Nutter confirmed on Facebook that Greg Strong's departure was because of Matt Young's return. Jeremy Gibbons did fill in for their concerts that were scheduled for around that time. Amber Pacific is currently raising money on indiegogo (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/amber-pacific-our-4th-studio-album) to fund their fourth studio album with Matt Young in the lineup.
- Most recent lineup
- Matt Young - lead vocals (2002–2008, 2011, 2014-present)
- Will Nutter - lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards (2002–2011, 2014-present)
- Dango - drums (2003–2011, 2014-present)
- Justin Westcott - rhythm guitar, (2002–2006, 2014-present)
- Jeremy Gibbons - bass, (2014–present)
- Jesse Cottam - lead vocals, (2008–2011)
- Davy Rispoli - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2008–2011)
- Ben Harper, - guitar (2006)
- Greg Strong - bass, (2003–2011)
- Tyler Peerson - bass, (2002-2003)
- Blake Evans - drums, (2002-2003)
- The Possibility and the Promise (May 24, 2005) (U.S. 70,000+)
- Truth in Sincerity (May 22, 2007) US Billboard 200 peak No. 64
- Virtues (April 13, 2010)
- Fading Days (2004)
- Acoustic Sessions (2006)
- Acoustic Connect Sets (2008)
- Amber Pacific (2009)
- Vans Warped Tour 2004 (Disc 2, Track 24 - Thoughts Before Me)
- Vans Warped Tour 2005 (Disc 1, Track 14 - "Gone So Young")
- Vans Warped Tour 2007 (Disc 1, Track 13 - "Summer (In B)")
- Punk Goes 80s (Track 15 - "Video Killed The Radio Star")
- Hopelessly Devoted to You Vol. 5 (Disc 1, Track 2 - "Always You"; Track 10 - "Leaving What You Wanted")
- Hopelessly Devoted to You Vol. 6 (Disc 1, Track 1 - "Gone So Young"; Track 14 - "Poetically Pathetic" (Acoustic);Disc 2, Track 21 - "Always You")
- Take Action! Volume 5 (Disc 1, Track 7 - "Poetically Pathetic")
- Burnout 3: Takedown Soundtrack - Always You (Good Times)
- Flicka TV Spot - "Gone So Young"
- TMNT (2007 film) Soundtrack - "Fall Back Into My Life"
- Gone So Young
- Poetically Pathetic
- Fall Back Into My Life
- Three Words
- "Amber Pacific - Truth in Sincerity - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. 2007-05-22. Retrieved 2011-12-12.
- Review of The Possibility and the Promise. Jesus Freak Hideout. Accessed June 25, 2007.
- Raise a Frosty One to Amber Pacific. Seattle Times, June 15, 2007. Accessed June 25, 2007.
- Ben Harper (Ex-Yellowcard) joins Amber Pacific. Punknews.org. Accessed June 25, 2008.
- Ben Harper leaves Amber Pacific. Punknews.org. Accessed June 25, 2008.
- http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p654759/charts-awards Accessed February 15, 2009
- Matt Young Leaves Amber Pacific. Absolute Punk.net. Accessed June 25, 2008.
- Amber Pacific Updates on Everything. Absolute Punk.net. Accessed June 25, 2008.
- Amber Pacific Posts Update. Driven Far Off.com. Accessed June 25, 2008
- "Amber Pacific Post Three New Songs. ''Absolute Punk.net''. Accessed February 15, 2009". Absolutepunk.net. Retrieved 2011-12-12.
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