Earshot

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Earshot
Earshot performing in 2009
Earshot performing in 2009
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Years active
  • 1999–2010
  • 2014–present
Labels
Members
  • Wil Martin
  • Andy Stafford
  • Mike Sylvia
  • Aaron Fink
  • John Novak
Past members
  • Guy Couturier
  • Johnny Sprague
  • Billy Blair
  • "Rooster"
  • Scott Kohler
  • Mike Callahan
  • Travis Arnold
  • Chris Loveless
  • Josh Guinn
  • Todd Wyatt
  • Chas Stumbo
  • Darren Pfeifer
Websiteearshotband.com

Earshot is an American alternative metal band formed in Los Angeles in 1999. The band's lineup has changed several times during their existence, with vocalist Wil Martin being the band's sole constant member.

After signing to Warner Bros. Records, Earshot issued their debut album Letting Go (2002), which spawned the hit single "Get Away". The band's second album, Two (2004), also produced a hit single, "Wait". The band has since put out two more releases, The Silver Lining (2008), and the extended play Aftermath (2015).

History[edit]

Formation and Letting Go[edit]

Earshot formed in 1999, with singer Wil Martin collaborating with guitarist Scott Kohler, bassist Guy Couturier, and drummer Todd Wyatt in L.A. Bassist Johnny Sprague and guitarist Mike Callahan joined the band shortly after their debut was completed. Singer-songwriter Wil has cited Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Metallica, Thin Lizzy, U2, and Soundgarden as influences and inspirations.[1] In 2001, the band signed with Warner Bros. Records. Earshot appeared with Alien Ant Farm, Adema, and Glassjaw during the SnoCore Rock Tour in early 2002.[3]

Letting Go, Earshot's debut album, was released on May 7, 2002. It reached number 82 on the Billboard 200, and remained on the chart for five weeks.[4] It featured their first single, "Get Away," which received significant radio airplay. The album's second single, "Not Afraid," was also released in 2002. The songs "Get Away", "We Fall, We Stand", and "Headstrong" were included in the 2002 video game Legends of Wrestling II for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox. The song "Headstrong" was featured on the soundtrack for the film Queen of the Damned. The song "Ordinary Girl" was included in the 2003 video game Project Gotham Racing 2 for the Xbox. After months of touring with Staind, Kid Rock, and Stone Temple Pilots,[5][2][6] "Get Away" peaked at No. 4 on the charts and stayed in the Top 100 for over 60 weeks. Earshot returned to the studio in 2003 after spending much of the previous year on the road. Despite its success, Warner Bros. never made a proper music video for the song.[7] Producer David Kahne favoured "Ordinary Girl" as the album's second single, but Warner Bros. chose to release "Not Afraid" instead, which did not replicate the success of "Get Away".[8]

Nearly two months after the album's release, Letting Go had shifted 47,000 copies,[9] and by November 2002 the album had sold over 100,000 copies in the United States.[10]

Two[edit]

The band's second album, Two, was released on June 22, 2004. It charted at 127 on the Billboard 200 and remained on the chart for two weeks.[11] It includes the breakthrough hit "Wait," which was included in the video games Madden NFL 2005 in 2004 and MX vs. ATV Unleashed in 2005. It was also featured in the DVD Tampa Bay Lightning 2004 Stanley Cup Champions.[citation needed] The album's second single, "Someone", was also released in 2004. The song "Down" was included in the video game Gretzky NHL 2005 in 2004. That year, the band opened for Megadeth.[12]

The Silver Lining[edit]

In early 2007, Earshot signed with Indegoot/Fontana/Universal Recordings, and began working on a new album, produced by Brian Garcia and co-produced by Wil Martin. Tracks on the album include "MisSunderstood," "Closer," "Where the Pain Begins," "Wasted," "Sometimes," "Don't Hate Me," and "Go". The band posted its new single, "MisSunderstood," on their MySpace page at 12AM (EST) on May 13, 2008. The official nationwide radio release date for the single was May 26, 2008. The Silver Lining was released on August 26, 2008.

The Ugly Truth (single)[edit]

On October 20, 2009, the band released a free single through their website called "The Ugly Truth".

Aftermath (mini-LP)[edit]

On May 7, 2014, Earshot released a new single, "Now That It's Over," from their five-song "Mini-LP" entitled Aftermath via iTunes, Amazon, as well as their official website. The second single, "Let Me," was released on June 24, 2014. The third single, "Remember," was released on September 8, 2014. Aftermath was released on April 16, 2015.

Recent events[edit]

On May 14, 2020, Earshot released a cover of "Uninvited" by Alanis Morissette through all major digital platforms. It is still unclear if the band will release a new LP or EP.

On January 1, 2021, Earshot released "Been a Long Time" through all major digital platforms. On February 14, 2022, the band released "You + I" through all major digital platforms.

Discography[edit]

Earshot discography
Studio albums3
Music videos3
EPs1
Singles11

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and sales figures
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US
[13]
Letting Go 82 US: 100,000+[10]
Two
  • Released: June 22, 2004
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, DD
127
The Silver Lining
  • Released: August 26, 2008[14]
  • Label: Indegoot / Fontana
  • Format: CD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Aftermath
  • Released: April 16, 2015[15]
  • Label: Earshot Inc.
  • Format: DD

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart
peak positions
Album
US Main. Rock
[16]
US Alt.
[17]
2002 "Get Away" 6 20 Letting Go
"Not Afraid" 24
2004 "Wait" 13 33 Two
"Someone" 27
2008 "MisSunderstood" 38 The Silver Lining
2009 "The Ugly Truth" Non-album single
2014 "Now That It's Over" Aftermath EP
"Let Me"
"Remember"
2020 "Uninvited" Non-album single
2021 "Been a Long Time"
2022 "You + I"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title
2002 "Get Away"
"Not Afraid"
2004 "Wait"

Band members[edit]

Current members[18]

  • Wil Martin – vocals (1999–2010, 2014–present)
  • Andy Stafford – guitar (2020–present)
  • John Novak – bass (2020–present)
  • Mike Sylvia – drums (2020–present)
  • Aaron Fink – guitar (2020–present)

Former members[19][20][21]

  • Guy Couturier – bass (1999–2000)
  • Johnny Sprague – bass (2000–2005)
  • Billy Blair – bass (2005–2009)
  • "Rooster" – bass (2009–2010)
  • Scott Kohler – guitar (1999–2009)
  • Mike Callahan – guitar (1999–2005)
  • Travis Arnold – guitar (2005–2009)
  • Chris Loveless – guitar (2009–2010)
  • Josh Guinn – guitar (2009–2010)
  • Todd Wyatt – drums (1999–2003)
  • Chas Stumbo – drums (2003–2005)
  • Darren Pfeifer – drums (2005–2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tim Grierson. "Earshot". About.com Entertainment. Archived from the original on April 6, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "I Have Two Words to Say About This Album: Buy It - - Epinions.com". August 21, 2004. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  3. ^ "Adema, Earshot Join Sno Core Rock". Billboard. January 24, 2002. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Letting Go / Earshot". billboard.elpee.jp. Archived from the original on December 28, 2022. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
  5. ^ Show & Tell – Earshot, "Letting Go" CD review Archived June 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Rough Edge: Earshot CD Reviews". Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Vincristin". www.vincristin.com. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
  8. ^ "Vincristin". www.vincristin.com. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
  9. ^ Bracelin, Jason. "New Engagement". Cleveland Scene. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  10. ^ a b "Earshot Ring True at Rock" (PDF). R&R: 31. November 8, 2002.
  11. ^ "Two / Earshot". billboard.elpee.jp. Archived from the original on December 28, 2022. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
  12. ^ "Earshot Drop Off Megadeth Tour". November 5, 2004.
  13. ^ "Earshot". billboard.elpee.jp. Archived from the original on December 28, 2022. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
  14. ^ "Melodic Net – Earshot's The Silver Lining Out On Aug.26th". melodic.net. February 27, 2018. Archived from the original on December 27, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  15. ^ "Aftermath - (EP), by Earshot". Earshot. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
  16. ^ "Earshot Chart History". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Archived from the original on May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  17. ^ "Earshot Chart History". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Archived from the original on May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  18. ^ "Earshot, feat. Wilkes-Barre guitarist Aaron Fink, releases first single in 5 years, 'Been a Long Time'". NEPA Scene. January 1, 2021. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  19. ^ "Try the TIDAL Web Player". listen.tidal.com. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  20. ^ "Earshot – about". June 15, 2010. Archived from the original on June 15, 2010. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  21. ^ "The Official EARSHOT website". October 5, 2007. Archived from the original on October 5, 2007. Retrieved November 12, 2022.

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