Sunshine State of Mind

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Sunshine State of Mind
Sunshine State of Mind.jpg
Studio album by We the Kings
Released July 5, 2011
Recorded 2010-2011 in New York City
Length 33:38
Label S-Curve, Virgin
Producer S*A*M & Sluggo
We the Kings chronology
Smile Kid
(2009)Smile Kid2009
Sunshine State of Mind
Party, Fun, Love, and Radio EP
(2012)Party, Fun, Love, and Radio EP2012
Singles from Sunshine State of Mind
  1. "Friday Is Forever"
    Released: April 12, 2011
  2. "Say You Like Me"
    Released: July 1, 2011

Sunshine State of Mind is the third studio album by American rock band We the Kings.


While writing new material, We the Kings used piano and acoustic guitars.[5] Travis Clark explained that he "wanted all the songs to be able to be stripped down with acoustic and vocals, and [the band] built it off that."[6]


Sunshine State of Mind was released through S-Curve Records on July 5, 2011 on iTunes and July 12 everywhere else. "Say You Like Me" was released to mainstream radio on September 13, 2011.[7] In February and March 2012 the band went on a co-headlining tour with Mayday Parade, with support from The Downtown Fiction and Anarbor.[8]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 46%[3]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 2.5/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic 2/5 stars[2]

The album received mixed to negative reviews from music journalists. It debuted at No. 45 on the US Billboard 200 and at No. 9 on the Rock Albums chart. This is the last album to feature bass player Drew Thomsen.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Travis Clark, except where noted; all music composed by Travis Clark, Sam Hollander and Dave Katz, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Friday Is Forever" (lyrics: Clark, Robert Schwartzman / music: Clark, Hollander, Katz, Schwartzman) 3:05
2. "Say You Like Me" 3:29
3. "Every Single Dollar" (music: Clark) 2:53
4. "The View from Here" 4:05
5. "The Secret to New York" 3:02
6. "Sleep with Me" 3:41
7. "Over You" 3:27
8. "Kiss Me Last" 2:56
9. "Somebody to Call My Own" 3:52
10. "You and Only You" 3:08
iTunes/Australian CD bonus track
No. Title Length
11. "Summer" 2:43


We the Kings


  1. ^ a b Leahey, Andrew. "Sunshine State of Mind - We The Kings". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Davey Boy (July 10, 2011). "Review: We The Kings - Sunshine State of Mind". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Gardner, Ryan (July 6, 2011). "We The Kings - Sunshine State of Mind". AbsolutePunk. Archived from the original on June 29, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Lucy, Evan (July 18, 2011). "We The Kings - Sunshine State of Mind". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ McCummings, Zakiya (June 12, 2015). "We the Kings". Anchorage Press. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ Duan, Crystal (March 12, 2014). "Q-and-A with Travis Clark of We The Kings". Move. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Airplay Archive: CHR". FMQB. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  8. ^ DiVincenzo, Alex (January 10, 2012). "Mayday Parade/We The Kings Tour". Retrieved September 12, 2015. 

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