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A Skylit Drive is a six-piece Americanmarker post-hardcore band from Lodi, Californiamarker. The band has released a DVD, one EP album and two studio length albums: Wires...and the Concept of Breathing on May 20, 2008 and Adelphia on June 9, 2009.

History

Formation and She Watched the Sky EP (2006 – 2007)

A Skylit Drive's original members all met while attending Lodi High School in Lodi. Cory La Quay (drummer) attended Franklin High Schoolmarker in Elk Grove, Californiamarker along with Matt Mingus (drummer) of Dance Gavin Dance. Their debut EP, She Watched the Sky, was released early in 2007 on Tragic Hero. Following this the group toured with Four Letter Lie, Blessthefall, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Greeley Estates, Oh Sleeper, The Blackout, Alesana, Before Their Eyes, Dance Gavin Dance, Kenotia, Pierce the Veil, and From First to Last. Jordan Blake left the band mid-tour around November 2007 because he was not taking care of his voice. Blake's departure was mutual between him and the other members of ASD. He is currently with Watchout! There's Ghosts. Jonny Craig then aided the band for a few shows after leaving Dance Gavin Dance, though before joining bands Emarosa and Isles & Glaciers.

Wires and the Concept of Breathing (2008)

A demo version of "Knights of the Round," was performed live with Jonny Craig as the lead vocalist during his few performances with the band in November 2007. Though Craig had written lyrics to the song, only the chorus or refrain is believed to have been kept in the final album version sang by their new-found, permanent vocalist Michael Jagmin. Michael “Jag” Jagmin, formerly of Odd Project, replaced Craig permanently for vocals. Craig Mabbitt was also trying for lead vocals after getting kicked out of blessthefall, but later joined Escape the Fate. The full length Wires...and the Concept of Breathing appeared in May 2008. The album hit #171 on the U.S. Billboard 200, as well as #9 on the Top Heatseekers Chart and #20 on the Top Independent Albums chart. Shortly after the release of the album they filmed a music video for the nonprofit group To Write Love on Her Arms directed by Robby Starbuck. They appeared at The Bamboozle Left in 2008 and toured in the summer of that year with Sky Eats Airplane, Breathe Carolina, and Emarosa.

They toured with Greeley Estates, August Burns Red, Sky Eats Airplane, This or the Apocalypse, Escape the Fate, Alesana, Chiodos, and Silverstein during fall in 2008. They also filmed a live DVD called "Let Go of the Wires", which was released on December 9, 2008.

In Mid-November the band released a music video for the song "Wires and the Concept of Breathing". The video can be viewed through their MySpace profile. Their song "This Isn't the End" is now the music video on their MySpace directed by Robby Starbuck about teen suicide in conjunction with the non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms. Both videos are on their first full length album, Wires... and the Concept of Breathing, and the band has shot other videos for songs on the album. They have announced that there will be five brand new videos on their upcoming DVD "Let Go of the Wires" as well as live performance footage from a show at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA. The DVD was released exclusively at Hot Topic on December 9, 2008.

On December 19 2008, it was announced that A Skylit Drive would be a part of the Vans Warped Tour 2009 lineup.

Adelphia (2009 – present)

In their DVD, "Let Go of the Wires", the band discussed plans for their next album. The album was to be titled "Glaciers". The band later announced that this would not be the title of their new album.

On January 8 2009, the band announced, via a MySpace bulletin, that they were now a part of Fearless Records and to expect a new album release sometime in 2009. They also announced tour dates with Dance Gavin Dance.

On May 26, A Skylit Drive released a new song, entitled "Those Cannons Could Sink a Ship" onto iTunes and also for play on their MySpace page. The song is the first of their new album to be released on iTunes.

A Skylit Drive was a part of Warped Tour for the 2009 season. During that tour they did signings for the non-profit organization Music Saves Lives where they met with fans who gained special access to the band by donating blood.

Adelphia, released on June 9, 2009, peaked at number 64 on the Billboard 200.

A Skylit Drive recently announced a new tour with Senses Fail starting on September 30.

The band released a music video for "Those Cannons Could Sink A Ship!" on October 19, 2009 Directed by Spence Nicholson.

Members



Former Members



Discography

Release date Title Label
January 23 , 2007 She Watched the Sky (EP) Tragic Hero Records
May 20, 2008 Wires...and the Concept of Breathing Tragic Hero Records
December 9, 2008 Let Go of the Wires (DVD) Tragic Hero Records
June 9, 2009 Adelphia Fearless Records


Music Videos



References

  1. A Skylit Drive Album News/Tour Dates. Skope Magazine, May 28, 2008.
  2. Review of She Watched the Sky. Absolutepunk.net, February 10, 2007.
  3. Review of Wires. Taking Over, May 19, 2008.
  4. old habits_4406.html Review of Wires. New-Noise.net
  5. Review of Wires. Absolutepunk.net, May 20, 2008.
  6. Review of Wires. Paste Punk.
  7. Charts. Billboard.com
  8. Charts, Allmusic
  9. A Skylit Drive Films Three Videos in Three Days. HM Magazine, June 29, 2008.
  10. [1], MySpace
  11. Billboard.com - Discography - A Skylit Drive - Adelphia
  12. [2]


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