Skip School, Start Fights

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Skip School, Start Fights
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Studio album by Hit the Lights
Released July 8, 2008
Studio Pilot Studios, New Jersey
Genre Pop punk[1]
Length 40:36
Label Triple Crown
Producer Rob Freeman
Hit the Lights chronology
This Is a Stick Up... Don't Make It a Murder
(2006)This Is a Stick Up... Don't Make It a Murder2006
Skip School, Start Fights
(2008)
Coast to Coast
(2009)Coast to Coast2009
Singles from Skip School, Start Fights
  1. "Stay Out"
    Released: June 24, 2008

Skip School, Start Fights is the second studio album from the American pop punk band Hit the Lights.

Background[edit]

On June 28, 2007, it was announced vocalist Colin Ross left the group. Ross explained he "decided [he] would like to take a different direction with [his] life and not live this lifestyle any longer." The band intended to continue and find a new vocalist.[2] Subsequently, the band's guitarist Nick Thompson became their vocalist.[3]

Demo versions of the songs "Drop the Girl," "Stay Out," and "Don't Wait" with Colin Ross' vocals leaked on the internet before the album's release.

Recording[edit]

The album was produced by Rob Freeman, with recording taking place at Pilot Studios in New Jersey. It was mixed by Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount.[3] The album features guest vocals from Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low on the song "Don't Wait" and Shane Henderson of Valencia on the song "Drop the Girl".

Release[edit]

Hit the Lights supported the Audition on their Spring Break '08 tour in the US from mid-March until early May.[4] In April, the band appeared at the Bamboozle Left festival.[5] On May 28, the band posted "Drop the Girl" on their MySpace profile.[6] "Stay Out" was released as a single on June 24.[7] Skip School, Start Fights was made available for streaming on July 1, before being released on July 8 through Triple Crown Records.[8] Later in July, the band supported All Time Low on their headlining US tour.[9] In September and October, the band supported Chiodos and Motion City Soundtrack on their co-headlining US tour.[10] In October and November, the band supported Cobra Starship on their Sassy Back (Tour) in the US.[11] In December, the band co-headlined a tour of the UK with Bayside. They were supported by Oh No Not Stereo.[12] On December 17, the band's cover of "How Will I Know" was posted on their MySpace.[13] On January 20, 2009, a music video for "Drop the Girl" premiered on MTV.com.[14][15] The song has since earned over 3.5 million MySpace streams and 44,000 album-equivalent units.[16][17][18] A few days later, the band performed at the Winter X Games.[19] In March, the band supported the Maine and 3OH!3 on the Alternative Press Tour.[20] In late March, the band performed at the Alternative Press party at South by Southwest festival.[21] Between late June and late August, the band performed on the Warped Tour.[22]

A limited vinyl version of the album was announced on October 24, 2017.[23]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[24]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars[25]
AbsolutePunk 70%[26]
Ultimate Guitar 7.4/10[1]

Skip School, Start Fights received generally positive reviews from music critics. Jason Tate of AbsolutePunk said, "There will always be a soft spot in my heart for this genre when done right, and this is the kind of album that definitely gets it right. It's fun, energetic, and thoroughly enjoyable." Eric Schneider of AllMusic complimented Nick Thompson's vocals. "Previously the group’s backing vocalist/guitarist, Thompson eases into the spotlight quite well on this 13-song set, as revealed on the boisterous 'Stay Out' and driving 'Don’t Wait.'"

The album sold over 7,000 copies in its first week and debuted at number 97 on the Billboard 200 chart. By July 20, 2008, it sold over 10,000 copies.[27][28]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Count It!" - 1:02
  2. "Breathe In" - 3:07
  3. "Stay Out" - 3:47
  4. "Drop the Girl" (featuring Shane Henderson from Valencia) - 3:21
  5. "Tell Me Where You Are" - 4:02
  6. "Hangs 'Em High" - 2:54
  7. "Back Breaker" - 3:25
  8. "Don't Wait" (featuring Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low) - 3:36
  9. "Cry Your Eyes Out" - 3:07
  10. "Statues" - 3:04
  11. "Say What You Wanna Say" - 3:11
  12. "Wide Awake" - 3:12
  13. "On and On" - 2:56
iTunes bonus tracks
  1. "How Will I Know" (Whitney Houston cover) – 3:54
  2. "Drop the Girl" (Rowdy Boiz remix) – 3:12

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[29] 97
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[30] 24
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[31] 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b UG Team (July 23, 2008). "Skip School, Start Fights | Hit The Lights | Compact Discs | Reviews". Ultimate Guitar. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Hit The Lights frontman quits band". Alternative Press. June 28, 2007. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Wippsson, Johan (July 7, 2008). "Hit The Lights "Skip School, Start Fights" In Stores Tomorrow Tuesday". Melodic. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  4. ^ Kilgore, Kym (March 12, 2008). "The Audition hits the road hard". LiveDaily. Ticketmaster. Archived from the original on June 25, 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Bamboozle Left reveals more bands". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. March 13, 2008. Retrieved July 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Hit The Lights posts new song". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. May 28, 2008. Retrieved July 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Stay Out - Single by Hit the Lights". iTunes. Apple Inc. Archived from the original on March 25, 2016. Retrieved July 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Hit The Lights post full stream". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. July 1, 2008. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  9. ^ Wippsson, Johan (July 4, 2008). "All Time Low On Headlining Tour July 11-July 21; Band Joins Vans Warped". Melodic. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  10. ^ "UPDATE: Craig Owens releases statement; Chiodos co-headline tour with Motion City Soundtrack still o". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. July 24, 2008. Retrieved July 10, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Cobra Starship, Forever The Sickest Kids are bringing Sassy Back". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. August 5, 2008. Retrieved July 23, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Bayside / Hit The Lights to co-headline UK; Oh No Not Stereo supporting". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. December 1, 2008. Retrieved July 28, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Hit The Lights post Whitney Houston cover". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. December 17, 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2017. 
  14. ^ Wippsson, Johan (January 21, 2009). "Hit The Lights 'Drop The Girl' Video Debut On MTV.com". Melodic. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Hit the Lights post video for "Drop The Girl"". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. January 20, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Drop The Girl by Hit The Lights". myspace. July 8, 2008. 
  17. ^ Hit The Lights (February 2, 2009). "Drop The Girl [Official Music Video]". YouTube. Retrieved June 29, 2017. 
  18. ^ Hit The Lights (July 8, 2008). "Drop The Girl". Spotify. Retrieved June 29, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Hit The Lights to play Winter X-Games". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. January 23, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2017. 
  20. ^ Wippsson, Johan (December 30, 2008). "The Maine: Alternative Press Acoustic Session!". Melodic. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  21. ^ "The Used, Anberlin, Isles & Glaciers, 16 more playing AP's free SXSW party". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. February 23, 2009. Retrieved August 2, 2017. 
  22. ^ Paul, Aubin (March 26, 2009). "Warped Tour 2009". Punknews.org. Aubin Paul. Retrieved May 22, 2018. 
  23. ^ "Hit The Lights - Skip School, Start Fights Vinyl". Triple Crown Records. October 24, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017. 
  24. ^ Schneider, Eric. "Hit The Lights - Skip School, Start Fights". AllMusic. 
  25. ^ Zemler, Emily. "Hit The Lights - Skip School, Start Fights". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 31, 2017. 
  26. ^ Fallon, Chris. "Hit the Lights - Skip School, Start Fights". AbsolutePunk. Archived from the original on July 21, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Weezy, Coldplay Continue To Battle It Out For Billboard's #1". MTV. July 16, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Hit the Lights - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Hit The Lights - Chart History". Billboard. July 26, 2008. 
  30. ^ "Hit The Lights Chart History (Digital Albums)". Billboard.
  31. ^ "Hit The Lights Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.

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