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A Skylit Drive
A Skylit Drive
Background Information
Origin Lodi, California
Genre Post-Hardcore[1]
Screamo[2]
Years active  ?-present
Label(s) Fearless
Tragic Hero
Associated Acts Odd Project
Website http://www.myspace.com/askylitdrive
Members
Michael “Jag” Jagmin
Cory LaQuay
Kyle Simmons
Nick Miller
Brian White
Joey Wilson
Former Members
Jordan Blake
Jonny Craig
Craig Mabbitt

A Skylit Drive is a 6-piece American Post-hardcore band from Lodi, California. The band is known for Jagmin's unique high pitched vocals, Melodic and Heavy instrumental work combined with harsh vocals from their bassist Brian and drummer Cory. The band has so far released one EP album, one studio length album, one DVD, and a 2nd studio album is expected to be released in 2009.

BiographyEdit

A Skylit Drive's original members all met while attending Lodi High School in Lodi. Cory La Quay (drummer) attended Franklin high in Elk Grove CA along with Matt Mingus (drummer) of Dance Gavin Dance.[3] Their debut EP, She Watched the Sky, was released early in 2007 on Tragic Hero.[4] 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 around November 2007 to pursue other musical interests as well as problems and a sense of tension with other members in the band; currently with Watchout! There's Ghosts. Jonny Craig of Emarosa replaced him for a short while before joining his current band.

Wires and the Concept of Breathing (2008-present)Edit

Michael “Jag” Jagmin, formerly of Odd Project, replaced Blake permanently for vocals. The full length Wires...and the Concept of Breathing appeared in May 2008.[5][6][7][8] The album hit #171 on the U.S. Billboard 200,[9] as well as #9 on the Top Heatseekers Chart and #20 on the Top Independent Albums chart.[10] 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.[11] 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 te Fate, Alesana, Chiodos, and Silverstein during fall in 2008. They also filmed a live DVD called "Let Go of the Wires", which was release 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 Robert 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 5 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.

This Spring A Skylit Drive will be headlining a US tour with Dance Gavin Dance, Attack Attack!, and In Fear and Faith

FutureEdit

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. However the explanation for Glaciers is being that with the concept of a glacier, there is always more than meets the eye. Though Iceberg would be the correct word to fill this idea, Glaciers could be used in relevance. They also revealed that the album will contain more serious lyrical themes than those of "Wires... and the Concept of Breathing".

On January 31 the band posted a blogstating that the albums name will be untitled until the "right time comes"

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.

Band MembersEdit

Current MembersEdit

  • Michael “Jag” Jagmin - Lead vocals
  • Cory LaQuay - Drums, Vocals
  • Kyle Simmons - Keyboards
  • Nick Miller - Guitars
  • Brian White - Bass, Vocals
  • Joey Wilson - Guitars

Former MembersEdit

  • Jordan Blake - Lead vocals
  • Jonny Craig - Lead vocals (Touring Member)
  • Craig Mabbitt - Supporting vocals (Touring Member)

DiscographyEdit

Release date Title Label
January 23, 2007 She Watched the Sky Tragic Hero Records
May 20, 2008 Wires...and the Concept of Breathing Tragic Hero Records
December 9th, 2008 "Let Go Of The Wires [DVD]" Tragic Hero Records

Music VideosEdit

  • Drown The City
  • Wires... And The Concept Of Breathing
  • This Isn't The End
  • Knights Of The Round
  • All It Takes For Your Dreams To Come True
  • I'm Not A Thief, I'm A Treasure Hunter

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.future-breed.com/2007/01/23/a-skylit-drive-she-watched-the-sky/
  2. [1]
  3. A Skylit Drive Album News/Tour Dates. Skope Magazine, May 28, 2008.
  4. Review of She Watched the Sky. Absolutepunk.net, February 10, 2007.
  5. Review of Wires. Taking Over, May 19, 2008.
  6. Review of Wires. New-Noise.net
  7. Review of Wires. Absolutepunk.net, May 20, 2008.
  8. Review of Wires. Paste Punk.
  9. Charts. Billboard.com
  10. Charts, Allmusic
  11. A Skylit Drive Films Three Videos in Three Days. HM Magazine, June 29, 2008.

External linksEdit



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