Tonight Alive are an Australian five-piece pop punk band from Sydney, formed in 2008. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Jenna McDougall, lead guitarist Whakaio Taahi, rhythm guitarist Jake Hardy, bassist Cam Adler and drummer Matt Best.
After self-releasing the EPs, All Shapes and Disguises and Consider This in 2010, Tonight Alive signed to Fearless Records in November 2011 and released their debut album What are you so scared of? on 14 October 2011. The record was officially released in the UK and US on October 2012, a year after its initial release in Australia. Their second and most recent studio album, The Other Side, was recorded in Australia and released 6 September 2013.
Tonight Alive have been listed as one of the top 10 Australian bands in 2010 on American rock radio station KROQ.
Formation, All Shapes And Disguises and Consider This EP (2008-2010Edit
Guitarist Jake Hardy and bassist Cameron Adler, who already had an existing rock project, joined with sixteen year-old Jenna McDougall to form the first version of Tonight Alive. Shortly thereafter Whakaio Taahi joined on lead guitar they were joined by now member Matt Best, high school friend of Whakaio. The band's initial year was spent playing local shows at youth centres around the Sydney area, and slowly the band accumulated a large following.Edit
In 2009 the band entered the studio to record their debut self-funded EP All Shapes And Disguises with producer Greg Stace and producer Dave Petrovic, which was released in June 2010, with their music video and debut single 'Wasting Away' being released that same month.
In November 2010, the band released a three track EP Consider This, before heading on a national tour with Australian band Sienna Skies.
What Are You So Scared Of? (2011-2012)Edit
In late 2010, a demo of Tonight Alive's new material landed on producer Mark Trombino's desk. He then contacted the band, wanting to take part in producing their debut full-length record.Edit
"For him to contact us, and say he was interested, was a big deal," says Jenna. "We couldn't believe he'd put himself out like that. He's amazing. Mark created the albums we all grew up listening to - the albums that launched the careers of all these great bands."
In the early months of 2011, Tonight Alive flew to LA and recorded their debut full-length at NRG Studios over two months.
The band also played their Tonight Alive 2011 Australian Tour with supporting bands such as Skyway and For This Cause.
The track 'To Die For', originally from the band's first EP All Shapes & Disguises and 'Thank You And Goodnight', originally from the band's second EP Consider This, was re-recorded on this record. 'Thank You & Goodnight' features guest vocals from Blink 182's Mark Hoppus.
The first single 'Starlight' was released 1 July and played across the nation on local radio stations. The music video for the track was released three days later on 4 July. The second single, 'Let It Land' was released along with a music video for the track on 19 September.
Tonight Alive toured the US and took part on the annual Bamboozle festival playing the 1 May date on the Zumiez stage alongside New Found Glory, Valencia, Thrice, The Downtown Fictionand more.
The band is featured on the Punk Goes Pop 4 compilation CD, covering Little Lion Man by British band, Mumford & Sons, which was released on 21 November.
During their time on The Vans Warped Tour 2012, the band began video production of Listening, their third single release from What Are You S Scared Of? Despite the fact that Breaking and Entering had previously been released as a digital download and music video, according to McDougall, Listening will technically be the third single since WAYSSO?'s official release. Listening was used to document the bands final few days on the Summer long tour, in a montage music video, which is available to view on YouTube. On 12 October 2012 Tonight Alive released the music video for "Listening".
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