By Brent Michael, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent
Venue: The Orpheum, Tampa, Florida–March 30, 2017
Don’t let the name fool you, it’s not about ego, it’s about homage to where they came together: The name is from the school that the four original members attended called Martha B. King Middle School. Three of those originals remain, Travis Clark (lead vocals, rhythm guitar,
keyboards), Hunter Thomsen (lead guitar, backing vocals), Danny Duncan (drums, percussion), while Charles Trippy (bass guitar) and Coley O’Toole (keyboards, backing vocals, rhythm guitar) joined in 2011.
They’ve won a couple awards, for “Best Pop Punk Artist” and “Most Innovative Music Video,” but the award that really counts is the dedication of their fan base, who packed the place and sang along to all the songs from their complete first album, being played as the focus of their 10th Anniversary Tour. “Secret Valentine” may not have been a bigger hit than “Check Yes Juliet,” but the crowd sure seemed to love it!
Bolstered by the fantastic support of Cute Is What We Aim For, Plaid Brixx, and Brightside (on the Florida leg of the tour), We the Kings capped off the night with a high energy set that left the crowd wanting more!
You can find them (and their music) at https://www.wethekingsmusic.com/
When not in custody, I've been involved with music, photography, and writing my entire life. Ever since I was a young boy and played those silver tunes, I've had the beat, but being a drummer didn't suit me so I became a lead singer, which lasted a few years. Settling down, sort of, I translated my knowledge of audio and glib tongue into mobile emcee work, and my training as a photographer and videographer into a living in the wedding, party, bar/bat mitzvah, and entertainment industry. During this time I also managed to bamboozle my way into a master's degree in writing, worked for a couple of magazines (yes, I took photos for a nudist magazine!), have photographed hotels, done commercial work (shot the cover of Tablet and Capsule magazine), published a few articles, hosted some public access shows (a couple times in drag, but that's another story), and generally made a nuisance of myself until I landed here.