A Skylit Drive's debut album Wires And The Concept Of Breathing made a splash on the charts today, debuting at #9 on Billboard's New Artist Chart and #171 on Billboard's Top 200! The album was released on Tragic Hero records in conjunction with Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group.
If you dig bands like Coheed & Cambira or Underoath, this is a band you should definitely check out! A Skylit Drive will hit the road in June on a co-headlining tour with electro-metal buzz band and recent Equal Vision Records signees Sky Eats Airplane; full list of dates is below.
A Skylit Drive play layered and dynamic rock with heavy arrangements, keyboards and unique melodic vocals. Speaking on the album, vocalist Michael Jagmin says, "We came up with the lyrics together, it's very fantasy based like alien invasions and heroic knight tales. We're all basically dorks at heart and instead of writing songs about being sad like a lot of groups today, we wanted songs that would make us smile later." The album was recorded at Warrior Sound in Raleigh, NC by Mitchel Marlow and Al Jacobs (Filter, He Is Legend) and produced by Jamie King (Between the Buried & Me). There's an apparent musical growth & sophistication since the band's inaugural EP She Watched The Sky (2007).
The members of A Skylit Drive met when they were in high school two years ago in Lodi, CA - a small town 45 minutes outside of Sacramento. Kyle Simmons (keyboard), Nick Miller (guitar), Brian White (bass, vocals) and Joey Wilson (guitar) all went to school together and they brought in outsiders Cory LaQuay (drums, vocals) and Michael Jagmin (Vocals) to round out the rest of the lineup. Kyle recalls, "We didn't take this too seriously at first, it was just fun, we would play shows within a three hour radius of where we lived and started to draw more and more kids and get better and better shows. We got serious when we contacted Tragic Hero Records and they loved the songs and signed us." Completing several national tours, the band have played with such artists as: Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Alesana, Four Letter Lie, Dance Gavin Dance, Pierce The Veil, From First To Last and Bless The Fall.
Confirmed A Skylit Drive Tour Dates:
5/31/08 Bakersfield, CA Stramler Park - ROCKIN ROOTS FEST
w/SKY EATS AIRPLANE, BREATHE CAROLINA
6/26/08 Las Vegas, Nevada Jillian's
6/28/08 St. George, Utah The Electric Theatre
6/29/08 Salt Lake City, Utah The Ritz
6/30/08 Grand Junction, Colorado VFW Hall
7/1/08 Colorado Springs, Colorado Black Sheep
7/2/08 Wichita, Kansas Eagles Lodge
7/3/08 Tulsa, Oklahoma The Crush Lounge
7/5/08 Austin, Texas Emo's Alternative Lounge
7/6/08 McAllen, Texas South Texas College
7/8/08 Mobile, Alabama The HI-C
7/9/08 Pensacola, Florida American Legion Post 33
7/10/08 Jacksonville, Florida Jack Rabbits
7/11/08 Douglasville, Georgia The 7 Venue
7/12/08 Wilmington, North Carolina The Soapbox
7/13/08 Raleigh, North Carolina The Brewery
7/15/08 S. Hackensack, NJ School of Rock
7/16/08 Danbury, Connecticut Billy Baloney's Upstairs
7/17/08 Buffalo, New York Xtreme Wheels
7/18/08 Syracuse, New York Lost Horizon
7/19/08 Pontiac, Michigan Eagle Theatre at the Crofoot Ballroom
7/20/08 Highland, Indiana Bean Counters
7/22/08 Evansville, Indiana Boney Junes
7/23/08 Joplin, Missouri The Foundry Music Theatre
7/25/08 Carson City, NV The Warehouse