Forever The Sickest Kids

Forever The Sickest Kids

Forever the Sickest Kids received their first break mere days after forming, when lead singer Jonathan Cook inadvertently spent several hundred dollars for front-page song placement on PureVolume.com. With no songs to their name, the Dallas-based musicians were forced to hurriedly pound out a track so as not to waste their money. Formed from the ashes of Ben Bradley and the Flipside, two local bands that had called it quits in late 2006, the band quickly got to work creating its first emo-pop song. "Hey Brittney" was finished after two days and uploaded to PureVolume, gaining the young lineup - which also included bassist Austin Bello, guitarist Caleb Turman, keyboardist Kent Garrison, drummer Kyle Burns, and Burns' guitar-playing stepbrother Marc Stewart - its first amount of buzz.

The good luck continued when several major labels came knocking, and Forever the Sickest Kids ultimately scored a record deal with Universal Motown. An EP titled ‘Television Off, Party On’ appeared in 2007 -- recorded within four months of the group's formation -- and nationwide touring followed its release, including a three-week stint on the Warped Tour's side stage. As their fan base and song arsenal slowly expanded, Forever the Sickest Kids began putting together a full-length album, ‘Underdog Alma Mater’, which was released in late April 2008, getting a gold record in Japan. Thereafter, they have been strenuously touring around the world, playing the Vans Warped Tour in 2009 and playing to supporting UK tours with You Me At Six and Bowling For Soup last year. Over the past year they have shared the stage with A, All Time Low, 3OH!3, Good Charlotte and Simple Plan, to name a few.

Their new album, ‘Forever the Sickest Kids’, is eleven songs of the band’s signature pop-rock style, but also spanning a broad range of tones from upbeat dance numbers to pensive ballads. “Life of the Party,” which Marc calls “that feel good party track that every CD needs,” is boisterous and propulsive, driven by popping electro beats and a sing-along rock chorus. “Keep On Bringing Me Down” was one of the first songs written for the album, a true collaborative effort that pairs a raucous melody with a sense of relatable storytelling in the lyrics, something the group hopes to convey throughout the disc. “Forever Girl,” an emotive, acoustic track, showcases the group’s introspective side. Overall, the disc is a collection of good time songs that should truly connect to their listener.

“We’ve been a band for three-plus years, but we haven’t changed who we are or what we want to do with this band,” Kyle says. “We’re developing and progressing musically but our roots are always going to stay the same. We just want to have a good time and we want fans to have a good time and be able to relate to us."