We the Kings (album)

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We the Kings
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Studio album by We the Kings
Released October 2, 2007 (U.S.)
September 8, 2008 (UK)
Recorded 2007 in New York City
Genre Pop punk,[1] power pop[2]
Length 34:15
Label S-Curve
Producer S*A*M and Sluggo[3]
We the Kings chronology
Between the Ink and the Paper
(2006)
We the Kings
(2007)
Secret Valentine EP
(2009)
Singles from We the Kings
  1. "Check Yes Juliet"
    Released: February 4, 2008
  2. "Secret Valentine"
    Released: December 16, 2008

We the Kings is the self-titled debut studio album by American rock band We the Kings.

Background[edit]

We the Kings formed in 2005 while its member attended Manatee High School.[4] The band's line-up consisted of vocalist Travis Clark, guitarist Hunter Thomsen, bassist Drew Thomsen. and drummer Danny Duncan.[4] In summer, the group toured with Don't Die Cindy.[4] PureVolume, a place where people could upload their music, helped the band's popularity.[4]

According to Travis Clark, the album was "really guitar driven, with those poppy catchy choruses".[5]

Release[edit]

In September, the group went on the School's for Fools tour across the US,[6] alongside Valencia, Just Surrender and Metro Station. However, partway through the tour Valencia had to drop off the tour due to their vocalist Shane Henderson having strep throat. As a result, Just Surrender headlined the rest of the dates.[7] The group supported Boys Like Girls on their US headlining tour, dubbed Tourzilla, from late September to late October.[8] It was released on October 2, 2007.[9] In February and March 2009, the group went on a headlining US tour, dubbed The Secret Valentine Tour, with support from The Maine, The Cab, There for Tomorrow and VersaEmerge.[10]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
MusicOMH 3/5 stars[11]

The album peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart, and at No. 151 on the Billboard 200.[12] We the Kings was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for the shipment of 75,000 copies. Three singles were released from the album. The album's second single "Check Yes Juliet, gained commercial success. It was featured as "The iTunes Single of the Week" in early 2008, and it peaked at No. 84 on the Pop 100 and No. 70 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US,[13] and No. 26 in Australia where it was certified platinum by the ARIA.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Travis Clark, all music composed by Clark, Sam Hollander and Dave Katz, except "Headlines Read Out..." by Clark

  1. "Secret Valentine" – 3:28
  2. "Skyway Avenue" – 3:26
  3. "Check Yes Juliet" – 3:40
  4. "Stay Young" – 2:49
  5. "Whoa" – 2:37
  6. "August Is Over" – 3:16
  7. "The Quiet" – 3:12
  8. "Don't Speak Liar" – 3:01
  9. "Headlines Read Out..." – 3:14
  10. "All Again for You" – 3:06
  11. "This Is Our Town" – 2:29
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
  1. "Check Yes Juliet (acoustic)" – 3:56
  2. "Skyway Avenue (acoustic)" – 3:50

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lucy, Evan (18 July 2011). "We The Kings Sunshine State Of Mind". Alternative Press. Alternative Press. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "We the Kings - We the Kings". AllMusic. 
  3. ^ [1], SmartPunk. Accessed October 27, 2007.
  4. ^ a b c d Hyunh, Brandon (March 10, 2014). "Bradenton's We The Kings builds music career". bradenton.com. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ Duan, Crystal (March 12, 2014). "Q-and-A with Travis Clark of We The Kings". Move. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ "School's for Fools Tour". I Surrender Records. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Valencia cancels remaining School's for Fools tour dates". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. September 15, 2007. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Boys Like Girls to release deluxe edition of debut album". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. September 20, 2007. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  9. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1210145 We the Kings review] AllMusic. Retrieved: 2008-06-16
  10. ^ Kohli, Rohan (December 16, 2008). "WTK / The Maine / The Cab / TFT / VersaEmerge Tour". AbsolutePunk. SpinMedia. Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  11. ^ "We The Kings - We The Kings". MusicOMH. 
  12. ^ We the Kings albums chart peak Billboard. Retrieved: 2008-06-16.
  13. ^ We the Kings singles chart peak Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved: 2008-06-16.
  14. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification – December 2011". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 

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