Underdog Alma Mater

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Underdog Alma Mater
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Studio album by Forever the Sickest Kids
Released April 29, 2008
Recorded 2007–08
Studio Red Bull Studios, Santa Monica, California; Annetenna Studio, Burbank, California
Genre
Length 39:48
Label Universal Motown
Producer
Forever the Sickest Kids chronology
Hot Party Jamz
(2008)
Underdog Alma Mater
(2008)
The Weekend: Friday
(2009)
Singles from Underdog Alma Mater
  1. "Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone)"
    Released: April 1, 2008
  2. "She's a Lady"
    Released: July 14, 2008
  3. "Breakdown"
    Released: 2009 (Promo)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
AbsolutePunk.net (78%)[2]
Punktastic 4/5 stars[3]

Underdog Alma Mater is the first studio album by American pop punk band Forever the Sickest Kids.

Composition[edit]

Many of the songs from Underdog Alma Mater had already been released in the band's previous EPs.

The band's very first EP, Television Off, Party On, featured the tracks "Believe Me, I'm Lying", "She's a Lady", and "Breakdown". However, these tracks have a significantly different sound to them in their respective recordings from the EP and Underdog Alma Mater. On the band's release, The Sickest Warped Tour EP, "Hey Brittany" and "Coffee Break" were featured on it, but were also different from their respective recorded versions on the album. Unlike the other songs, on the band's EP, Hot Party Jamz, the track "That for Me" was featured, but its recording remained the same as it was on the album.

During the writing of the songs for the album, guitarist Marc Stewart stated, "Our songs are about real stuff that's happened to us because that's what kids want to hear about. They want to listen to stories about things that could happen to them as well, or that already have happened to them."[4]

The track "Believe Me, I'm Lying", written by Austin Bello and Caleb Turman, is based on how Turman once ran into trouble with his girlfriend after he lied to her and left her in tears. Turman stated, "I was hanging out with some other girls, but I told my girlfriend that I was going out by myself. So, the girls and I decided to get some coffee, and as we're walking to the car, my girlfriend pulled up and her headlights were right there in my face. I was totally busted."[4]

"Believe Me, I'm Lying" and the track "My Worst Nightmare" were both written by Bello and Turman and both tracks had originally descended from the duo's former acoustic/electronic project Been Bradley. The original recordings of these two songs are featured on the deluxe edition of Underdog Alma Mater.

Release[edit]

It was released on April 29, 2008 worldwide through Universal Motown Records.[5] In May, the group went on a US tour alongside Metro Station, The Maine, The Cab and Danger Radio.[6]

On July 7, 2009, the deluxe edition of the album was released. It featured the twelve original songs from the album and seventeen additional tracks from the band, mainly from the band's earlier days. A DVD with live shows and other footage was also included, as well.

Promotion[edit]

Fans would receive special bonuses by pre-ordering the album from certain retailers.[7]

  • Best Buy
    • Two bonus tracks: "Give & Take (remix)" and "Hurricane Haley"
    • A bonus live video of the band's full set at SXSW
  • Interpunk
    • Button, sticker, and signed poster
  • iTunes (digital download)
    • Two bonus tracks: "Becky Starz (remix)" and "Indiana"
  • Newbury Comics
    • Signed CD booklet
  • SmartPunk
    • Autographed poster

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Jonathan Cook, Austin Bello, Caleb Turman, Kyle Burns, Marc Stewart, and Kent Garrison. All vocals by Cook, Bello, and Turman, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone)"
  • Cook
  • Bello
  • Turman
3:24
2. "Hey Brittany" (Cook/Turman)
  • Cook
  • Bello
  • Turman
  • Squire
  • Rockwell
3:05
3. "My Worst Nightmare"
  • Bello
  • Turman
3:45
4. "Believe Me I'm Lying"
  • Bello
  • Turman
  • Squire
  • Rockwell
3:05
5. "The Way She Moves"
  • Bello
  • Turman
  • Mahaffey
  • Turzo
  • Rockwell
3:42
6. "She's a Lady"
  • Cook
  • Bello
  • Turman
  • Stewart
  • Squire
  • Rockwell
4:00
7. "Uh Huh"
  • Bello
  • Turman
  • Mahaffey
  • Turzo
  • Rockwell
2:58
8. "Phone Call"
  • Bello
  • Turman
  • Squire
  • Rockwell
3:18
9. "Breakdown" (Cook/Turman)
  • Cook
  • Turman
  • Mahaffey
  • Turzo
  • Rockwell
3:37
10. "That for Me"
  • Bello
  • Turman
  • Squire
  • Rockwell
2:56
11. "Coffee Break" (Cook/Turman)
  • Cook
  • Turman
  • Squire
  • Rockwell
2:40
12. "Catastrophe"
  • Squire
  • Rockwell
3:18
Total length: 39:48

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 45[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fulton, Katherine. "Underdog Alma Mater – Forever the Sickest Kids | Songs, Reviews Credis | AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Archived from the original on 13 February 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  2. ^ AbsolutePunk.net Review
  3. ^ Punktastic
  4. ^ a b Underdog Alma Mater JamBase
  5. ^ "Forever the Sickest Kids' MySpace". MySpace, Forever the Sickest Kids. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  6. ^ Kohli, Rohan (March 28, 2008). "Metro Station / FTSK / The Cab / The Maine / DR Tour Dates". AbsolutePunk. SpinMedia. Archived from the original on June 9, 2008. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Forever the Sickest Kids' MySpace". MySpace, Forever the Sickest Kids. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  8. ^ Forever the Sickest Kids Billboard Chart trajectory – Billboard 200