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Bradenton's We the Kings launch crowd-funding campaign for fourth album

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We The Kings is (left to right) Hunter Thomsen (guitar), Coley O'Toole (auxiliary/background vocals), Travis Clark (guitar/vocals), Danny Duncan (drums) and Charles Trippy (bass). The band members all have homes in the Bradenton area. COURTESY PHOTO

Following a successful 40-city U.S. headlining tour, the members of Bradenton pop-punk band We the Kings announced today they will begin work on their fourth, as-yet-untitled, studio album. But rather than release it through a record label, as they've done on their past three albums, We the Kings will engage directly with their fans with help from the Indiegogo crowd-funding platform.

“You can expect this to be the best album we've ever made, because there are no strings attached," said singer Travis Clark in a statement. "We are the ones deciding everything about this album and with your help we can truly make the best WTK album yet!”

The band will be offering a variety of perks for the fans that opt to contribute. The perks range from digital delivery of the album 24 hours prior to release to letting a fan record vocal tracks on the new album.

Their Indiegogo campaign page can be found here: igg.me/at/wethekings.

We The Kings self-released their song “Just Keep Breathing” direct to fans on iTunes earlier this year. It saw immediate success as a Top Five iTunes track, a debut on the Billboard “Hot 100 Singles” chart, and first month sales of over 149,000. “Just Keep Breathing” was subsequently followed up with two more successful direct-to-fan releases on iTunes, “Find You There” and “Any Other Way.”

Clark said the song, priced by the band at a mere 69 cents, sold an impressive 100,000 copies in the first four days alone when I interviewed him in April.

“I’m really proud of how it performed,” Clark said. “I’m proud I shared that type of song lyrically with my fans; it’s really important to me that the song did well.”

In the statement issued today, Clark explained how doing business without a lable has been different.

"It’s pretty much taken everything we possibly can to do anything and everything,”  Clark said.  “We hope you’ll contribute as much as you can to help our dream of making our fourth studio album all by ourselves.”

Read my April interview with We the Kings singer Travis Clark.



Wade_Tatangelo_by_Mike_Lang_HT_06212013 Wade Tatangelo has been an entertainment reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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