Tonight Alive

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Tonight Alive
Tonight Alive Bamboozle.jpg
Tonight Alive at The Bamboozle Festival 2011.
Background information
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Pop punk, alternative rock, pop rock
Years active 2008—present
Labels Fearless, Sony
Website tonightaliveofficial.com
Members Jenna McDougall
Whakaio Taahi
Jake Hardy
Cam Adler
Matt Best

Tonight Alive is an Australian five-piece pop punk band from Sydney, formed in 2008. The band consists of lead vocalist Jenna McDougall, lead guitarist Whakaio Taahi, rhythm guitarist Jake Hardy, bassist Cam Adler and drummer Matt Best.

After self-releasing the EPs, All Shapes and Disguises and Consider This in 2010, Tonight Alive signed to Fearless Records in November 2011[1] and released their debut album What Are You So Scared Of? on 14 October 2011.[2] The record was officially released in the UK and US on October 2012, a year after its initial release in Australia. Their second and most recent studio album, The Other Side, was recorded in Australia and released 6 September 2013. Tonight Alive have been listed as one of the top 10 Australian bands in 2010 on American rock radio station KROQ.[3]

History[edit]

Formation, All Shapes and Disguises and Consider This EP (2008−2010)[edit]

Guitarist Jake Hardy and bassist Cameron Adler, who already had an existing rock project, joined with sixteen year-old Jenna McDougall to form the first version of Tonight Alive. Shortly after this they were joined by Whakaio Taahi, on lead guitar, and Matt Best, drummer and high school friend of Taahi. The band's first year was spent playing local shows at youth centres around the Sydney area[citation needed]

In 2009 the band entered the studio to record their debut self-funded EP All Shapes and Disguises with producer Greg Stace and producer Dave Petrovic, which was released in June 2010, with their music video and debut single "Wasting Away" being released that same month.[4]

The track "Closer" was featured on season six of the US reality TV show The Hills.[5]

In November 2010, the band released a three track EP Consider This, before heading on a national tour with Australian band Sienna Skies.

What Are You So Scared Of? (2011−2012)[edit]

In late 2010, a demo of Tonight Alive's new material landed on producer Mark Trombino's desk. He then contacted the band, wanting to take part in producing their debut full-length record.[6]

"For him to contact us, and say he was interested, was a big deal," says Jenna. "We couldn't believe he'd put himself out like that. He's amazing. Mark created the albums we all grew up listening to - the albums that launched the careers of all these great bands."

In the early months of 2011, Tonight Alive flew to Los Angeles and recorded their debut full-length at NRG Studios over two months.[6]

The band also played their 2011 Australian tour with supporting bands such as Skyway and For This Cause.

The track "To Die For", originally from the band's first EP All Shapes & Disguises and "Thank You and Goodnight", originally from the band's second EP Consider This, was re-recorded on this record. "Thank You & Goodnight" features guest vocals from Blink-182's Mark Hoppus.[7]

The first single "Starlight" was released 1 July, and a music video was released three days later.[8] The second single, "Let It Land" was released along with a music video for the track on 19 September.[9]

Tonight Alive toured the US and took part on the annual Bamboozle festival,[10] playing the 1 May date on the Zumiez stage alongside New Found Glory, Valencia, Thrice, The Downtown Fiction and more.

The band is featured on the Punk Goes Pop 4 compilation CD, covering "Little Lion Man" by British indie rock band, Mumford & Sons, which was released on 21 November.

McDougall was part of Good Charlotte's song "Like It's Her Birthday"[11] and was also featured on Simple Plan's song "Jet Lag" during the Australian leg of Simple Plan's most recent tour. She was also featured on the Divided by Friday song "Face to Face".[12]

What Are You So Scared Of? was released under Sony Records Australia on 14 October 2011, however in November 2011 Tonight Alive signed to Fearless Records,[1] and re-released the Consider This EP on 8 November and their debut record What Are You So Scared Of? 4 months later in the US.[13]

The band released their Consider This EP in the UK through Banquet Records on 2 April 2012.[14]

Tonight Alive appeared on the 2011 Fearless Friends Tour alongside blessthefall, The Word Alive, Motionless In White, and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk.[15]

The band was set to play on the Lucky Street Tour with Go Radio and This Providence and SXSW until they had to pull out due to medical issues, writing on their Facebook page: "We're very sorry to announce that we are having to cancel our upcoming tour with Go Radio and SXSW appearances due to serious medical issues."[16] They headed to Japan for the shows with Young Guns and also they had a first headline show at Shibuya-AX. Tonight Alive played the entire Warped Tour 2012.

During their time on The Vans Warped Tour 2012, the band began video production of "Listening", their third single release from What Are You So Scared Of? Despite the fact that "Breaking and Entering" had previously been released as a digital download and music video, according to McDougall, "Listening" served as the third official single from WAYSSO?. The music video for "Listening", released on YouTube on 12 October 2012, was used to document the band's final few days on the summer-long tour in a montage music video.

The Other Side (2013−present)[edit]

Tonight Alive released a stand-alone single called "Breakdown" on 12 March 2013 which featured Good Charlotte's Benji Madden. The band recorded their next album, The Other Side, in Coffs Harbour, Australia, which was released on 6 September 2013 through Sony and Fearless Records. The first single is "The Ocean", which premiered on Radio 1 in the UK on 11 July to coincide with the announcement of the album. "The Ocean" was later released to iTunes on 22 July. A teaser for the band's next single, "Lonely Girl" was released 24 July. The single was fully released later that night. An accompanying music video was premiered on 15 August. The track "Come Home" was released as a single in late September, along with the music video on the band's Vevo channel.

New Album (2015)[edit]

The band's new album will be released in 2015.[citation needed]

Tonight Alive toured the US as part of the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. They played a few dates in Australia before touring again in support of the new album, along with two Rolling Stone Live Lodge acoustic shows.[17] They were also part of Warped Tour Australia lineup in November 2013.[18]

They then went on The Other Side tour to promote their new album in Australia and later the U.S. They toured with The Downtown Fiction, For the Foxes, and Echosmith during their U.S touring dates. The tour ended on 23 November.

The band announced in mid-December that they would be supporting All Time Low on their A Love like War: UK Tour. It was announced in late January 2014 that the band would be supporting Taking Back Sunday and The Used on their co-headlining North American tour. The tour kicked off in March 2014.

Tonight Alive contributed their song "The Edge" for Sony and Marvel's film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and it was featured on the deluxe edition of the soundtrack in Australia, New Zealand, UK and Ireland.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

Compilation appearances[edit]

Tours[edit]

Tour name Participating bands Continent/Country Participating from - to
Don't Trust Me Tour 3OH!3, Tonight Alive Australia Australia 13−18 October 2009
The Lying Tour Amy Meredith, Tonight Alive Australia Australia 24 Apr - 15 May 2010
Lostprophets Australian Tour Lostprophets, The Blackout, Tonight Alive Australia Australia 27–30 May 2010
The Streets of Gold Tour 3OH!3, Tonight Alive, For Our Hero Australia Australia 12−15 August 2010
Hits, Tits and Pits Tour The Wonder Years, Heroes for Hire, Tonight Alive, Skyway Australia Australia 9−18 September 2010
Consider This Tonight Alive, Sienna Skies Australia Australia 19−28 November 2010
The Reclamation Tour The Getaway Plan, Tonight Alive, Secrets in Scale Australia Australia 9−19 February 2011
Spring Break Your Heart Tour Forever the Sickest Kids, Breathe Carolina, This Century, We Are the In Crowd, Before Their Eyes, Tonight Alive United States North America 30 March – 26 April 2011
Bamboozle 2011 Short Lived Affair, Tonight Alive, Man Overboard, Valencia, I Am the Avalanche United States North America 29 April - 1 May 2011
The Higher Education Tour Amy Meredith, Tonight Alive Australia Australia 11 May - 10 June 2011
Tonight Alive 2011 Australian Tour Tonight Alive, Skyway Australia Australia 1–16 July 2011
An Evening with Anberlin Anberlin, Tonight Alive Australia Australia 26 August – 2 September 2011
Get Your Heart On! Tour Simple Plan, Tonight Alive, New Empire Australia Australia 30 September - 5 October 2011
What Are You So Scared Of? Tour Tonight Alive, Rufio Australia Australia 14–23 October 2011
Indent 2011 Tour BIG STAGE w/ I, Soar Eagles, Evacuate the Fallen, Gerkin, Everything Red Australia Australia 28 October – 6 November 2011
The Fearless Friends 2011 Tour blessthefall, The Word Alive, Motionless in White, Tonight Alive, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! United States North America 9 November – 16 December 2011
Never Shout Never 2012 UK Tour Nevershoutnever, Tonight Alive European Union Europe 16–27 January 2012
Bare Bones Club Tour Young Guns, Tonight Alive, Polar United Kingdom Europe 2–15 February 2012
Soundwave 2012 3 Annex w/ Conditions, The Summer Set, Framing Hanley, Dashboard Confessional, Relient K, The Ready Set, Heroes for Hire Australia Australia 25 February – 5 March 2012
No Place Like Home Tour Tonight Alive, Young Guns, Totally Unicorn Australia Australia 17 May - 2 June 2012
Warped Tour 2012 Kevin Says Stage with: After the Burial, Captain Capa, Impending Doom, Living with Lions, Lost in Society, Make Do and Mend, Sick of Sarah, Ten Second Epic, Twin Atlantic, We Are the Ocean United States North America 16 June – 5 August 2012
European Headline Tour Tonight Alive, LostAlone, Blitz Kids European Union Europe 26 September - 9 October 2012
Collide with the Sky Tour 2012[19] Pierce the Veil, Sleeping with Sirens, Tonight Alive, Hands Like Houses (replaced by I Am King on Canadian dates) United States Canada North America 12 October – 23 November 2012
Kerrang! Tour 2013 Black Veil Brides, Chiodos, Tonight Alive. Fearless Vampire Killers United Kingdom United Kingdom 3–15 February 2013
The Suppy Nation Tour 2013 The Story So Far, Man Overboard, Tonight Alive, Citizen, The American Scene United States Canada North America 14 March - 13 April 2013
Tonight Alive 2013 Tonight Alive, A Sleepless Melody, Because They Can Australia Australia 16–19 May 2013
Slam Dunk Festival 2013 Main Stage with: The Summer Set, Tonight Alive, Mallory Knox, We Are the Ocean, Sleeping with Sirens, Kids in Glass Houses, Deaf Havana, All Time Low England England 25–27 May 2013
Warped Tour 2013 #DOMO Stage with: Action Item, Anarbor, Big D and the Kids Table, The Early November, Goldfinger, Goldhouse, Hands Like Houses, RDGLDGRN, Stick to Your Guns United States Canada North America 15 June - 4 August 2013
Bazooka Rocks II Music Festival 2013 All Time Low, Tonight Alive, A Rocket to the Moon, RadioDriveBy, Anberlin, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, We Came as Romans, UchuSentai:Noiz Philippines Philippines 25 August 2013
The Other Side - Australian Tour Tonight Alive, Hands Like Houses, D at Sea Australia Australia 5–15 September 2013
The Other Side - UK Tour Tonight Alive, Set It Off, Decade United Kingdom United Kingdom 29 September - 12 October 2013
You Me at Six Fall US Tour You Me at Six, Conditions, Tonight Alive, Dinosaur Pile-Up United States North America 13 October - 20 November 2013
The Other Side - USA Tour[20] Tonight Alive, The Downtown Fiction, For the Foxes, Echosmith United States North America 23 October - 23 November 2013
Warped Tour 2013[20] The Offspring, Simple Plan, Millencollin, Tonight Alive Australia Australia 29 November - 8 December 2013
A Love Like War: UK Tour[21] All Time Low, Tonight Alive United Kingdom United Kingdom 8−11 March, 13−15 March, and 21 March 2014
Taking Back Sunday & The Used co-headling tour[22] Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Tonight Alive, sleepwave United States North America 18 March - 27 April 2014
You Me At Six Australian Tour[23] You Me At Six, Tonight Alive Australia Australia 5-11 September 2014
Live On The Other Side Tonight Alive, The Summer Set, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk United Kingdom United Kingdom 24-30 November 2014
Honeymoon Tour[24] Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive, Major League, PVRIS United States North America 14 October - 14 November

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "TONIGHT ALIVE | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  3. ^ Derek Walz (16 October 2010), Top 10 bands from Australia, KROQ, retrieved 26 November 2011 
  4. ^ "Tonight Alive - 'Wasting Away' OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO". YouTube. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  5. ^ Vaughan, Owen (17 June 2010). "Sydney band Tonight Alive crashes US TV". News.com.au. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  6. ^ a b "Tonight Alive". Tonightaliveofficial.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  7. ^ "Alternative Press | News | Listen to a new Tonight Alive song featuring Mark Hoppus". Altpress.com. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  8. ^ "Tonight Alive - Starlight". YouTube. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  9. ^ "Tonight Alive - Let It Land". YouTube. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  10. ^ The Telegraph - Sydney Confidential: Australian band Tonight Alive score a slot at the Bamboozle punk and hip-hop festival in New Jersey by Kathy McCabe - Music Editor, The Daily Telegraph, 17 January 2011
  11. ^ "Like It's Your Birthday feat. Tonight Alive". YouTube. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Divided by Friday feat. Jenna McDougall". YouTube. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Beyond The Barricade Photography". Beyond The Barricade Photography. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  14. ^ "Tonight Alive Consider This (UK Release)". Banquet Records. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "The 2011 Fearless Friends Tour". Fearlessfriendstour.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  16. ^ "Tonight Alive Facebook post March 8". Facebook. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "TONIGHT ALIVE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM THE OTHER SIDE ON SEPTEMBER 6TH". Tonight Alive. 24 June 2013. 
  18. ^ Haworth, Glenn (4 August 2013). "Check out Tonight Alive on Vans Warped Tour". Illawarra Mercury. 
  19. ^ http://tumblr.piercetheveil.net/post/28842512443/were-excited-to-announce-that-well-be-headlining
  20. ^ a b http://theothersidetour.com/
  21. ^ http://www.tonightaliveofficial.com/au/home?page=1/
  22. ^ http://www.tonightaliveofficial.com/au/news/tonight-alive-are-heading-north-american-tour-taking-back-sunday-and-used/
  23. ^ http://musicfeeds.com.au/news/you-me-at-six-tonight-alive-september-2014-australian-tour/
  24. ^ http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/mayday_parade_announce_fall_tour_with_tonight_alive