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You, Me, and Everyone We Know
You Me And Everyone We Know
Background Information
Origin Washington, D.C
Genre Emo,[1][2][3]
Indie Rock
Powerpop
Years active 2006-2011
Label(s) Doghouse
Website http://www.myspace.com/youmeandeveryoneweknow
Members
Ben Liebsch
Former Members
Rico Vigil
Augustine Rampolla
Mike Ghazarian
Kyle Gibson
John Farrell
Dan Lee
Paul Martinez
Ryan Sherrill
Mike O'Rourke
Aaron Stern
Noel Milford

You, Me, and Everyone We Know was a rock band from Washington, D.C.,[4] fronted by singer-songwriter Ben Liebsch. They released their debut EP Party for the Grown and Sexy in 2006. Their second EP, So Young, So Insane, was released on November 18, 2008 and their first full length, Some Things Don't Wash Out, came out in October 2010.[5]

The band announced on April 20, 2011 that they would be going on an indefinite hiatus, following the cancellation of a recent tour. Band members Rico Vigil, Augustine Rampolla, Mike Ghazarian, John Farrell, and Kyle Gibson announced the break-up via a note on Facebook, citing that singer Ben Liebsch made decisions that were "irreparable." Ben stated in the same note that the future of the name of the band was uncertain, and that "only time will tell." [6]

Despite the break-up, the band still plans to release their EP "Things Are Really Weird Right Now" on May 3rd.[7]

HistoryEdit

The band formed in 2006 consisting of lead singer Ben Liebsch, guitarists Ryan Sherrill and Noel Milford, bassist Dan Lee, and drummer Paul Martinez. Before You, Me, and Everyone We Know, Martinez and Sherrill were in a well-known D.C. band. They chose their name after the 2005 film Me and You and Everyone We Know.[4][8] That same year, You, Me, and Everyone We Know released their debut EP, Party for the Grown and Sexy. The album received mostly positive reviews, with The Daily Chorus calling the work "a beacon that proves there are still bands that really enjoy the music they create" and gave the album an 8/10. Die Shellsuit, Die! gave the album a 9/10 and called the band "one of the funniest, most cheery, cheekily upbeat, smile inducing, rock-out-tastic fun poppy melodic pop-punk bands out there right now. Ever."[9][10]

After releasing their debut EP, You, Me, and Everyone We Know was noticed by Drive-Thru Records' co-founders Richard Reines and Stefanie Reines, who offered to manage the band. While supporting the record, the band toured with acts including I Am the Avalanche, Piebald, Phantom Planet, Four Year Strong, and Plane and Pilot.[8][11] However, in 2007, Dan Lee was replaced by bassist Mike O'Rourke, formerly of The Alpha Couple.[12]

You, Me, and Everyone We Know toured with The Color Fred, The Pink Spiders, and Paper Rival beginning October 26, 2007. Before the tour, they announced that work was beginning on recording a full-length album.[13] In January 2008, Rico Vigil joined the band to play keyboard. Also in January, the band confirmed an upcoming full-length album.[14] However, as of September 2008, no full-length album has been released. On January 28, 2008, the band re-released Party for the Grown and Sexy via Rushmore Records with two extra tracks, "Livin' th' Dream" and "Dirty Laundry," along with new artwork. The new version was made available online to download for free.[15]

In late April 2008, You, Me, And Everyone We Know toured with Socratic and Say No More on the Drive-Thru Records Small Fries Tour.[16] Then, in June, the band toured with Just Surrender, Every Avenue, and The Morning Light.[17] After the tour, it was announced that drummer Aaron Stern, formerly of Matchbook Romance,[18] had replaced Paul Martinez. Before Stern joined, You, Me, and Everyone We Know, without a drummer, was forced to play a few acoustic sets before finding guest drummers to fill in (including Steve Miller of Just Surrender).[19] Shortly thereafter, the band played two dates of Warped Tour 2008, July 1 and 2. They began a tour with The Dear Hunter, Lydia, and Eye Alaska in August 2008.[20] Before a week was up, the band's van ignited and much of their possessions were destroyed. However, their instruments survived and You, Me, and Everyone We Know continued the tour.[21]

Prior to a tour with Sing it Loud and Take Cover (during September and October 2008), the band announced their upcoming, sophomore EP So Young, So Insane in September 2008. You, Me, and Everyone We Know stated that it will be released November 18, 2008, and that the band will work with Joshua Cain of Motion City Soundtrack and Jordan Schmidt to record the album. The band also announced a nationwide tour with Karate High School and I Set My Friends On Fire during November and December 2008.[22][23][24] Before the tour started, Liebsch announced that O'Rourke and Sherrill left the band before recording So Young, So Insane.[25]

They toured with Forgive Durden, and Anarbor from May 5, 2009 through June 6, 2009 playing 28 shows in 33 days covering 18 states, from Pennsylvania through Washington State. Joining the band was Augustine Rampolla, a young talented guitar player and singer/songwriter from Reisterstown, Maryland. The tour with Forgive Durden and Anarbor was filled with many high energy performances in which the members of YMEWK brought their high energy to bear on the performances of their touring partners, including Ben lending his vocal abilities on Forgive Durden's Razia's Shadow performance. The tour culminated in Seattle with a spectacular high energy performance by all three bands at the highly popular Chop Suey music venue.

The band continued to tour throughout the Midwest and back toward their home state on the East coast with Asteria and Take Cover.

In November 2009, You, Me and Everyone We Know streamed two of their recording sessions via ustream.tv where viewers could hear new material the band was working on, possibly for the long-awaited full length album. At a show in December at Mojoes Rock House they performed a new song that was heard during the streams.

In 2010, the band went on "The Avatour" with Breathe Electric, We Are the In Crowd, and Stay. In October 2010, the first album, Some Things Don't Wash Out was released.[5]

StyleEdit

You, Me, and Everyone We Know's music falls under the rock and pop genres. The band's influences include Joe Cocker, Andrew W.K., and Skylar Croom. You, Me, and Everyone We Know is frequently compared to the band Say Anything, for various reasons, notably the similarity of Leibsch's voice to Max Bemis's, where both voices are very strange and idiosyncratic; the prominence of shouted gang vocals; the highly sexual content of the lyrics, unusual for rock music in the emo vein; and so on. They have also been compared to others such as The Format and Panic at the Disco.[8][4] Of the band's lyrics and music, Liebsch has said, "A lot of the stuff is a mix of what sits in the back of your head," and, "Most of the songs are more cautionary tales then anything else. In the end we're trying to write exciting music that's catchy and throws you for a loop at the same time."[8]

MembersEdit

  • Ben Liebsch: vocals (2006–present)

Former membersEdit

  • Rico Vigil: keyboard, guitar, mandolin, percussion, bass, vocals (2008–2011)[14]
  • Augustine Rampolla: guitar, vocals (May 2009–2011)
  • Kyle Gibson: drums (2010–2011)
  • Mike Ghazarian: bass (2010–2011)
  • John Farrell: keyboard, trumpet (2010-2011)
  • Noel Milford: guitar, vocals (2006–May 2009)[26]
  • Dan Lee: bass (2006–2007)[12]
  • Josh Poole: guitar (2006–2007)[12]
  • Paul Martinez: drums (2006–2008)[26]
  • Mike O'Rourke: bass, vocals (2007–2008)[25][26]
  • Ryan Sherrill: guitar, vocals (2006–2008)[25][26]
  • Aaron Stern: drums (2008–2010)[19]

DiscographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Dependent, Independent, Metalcore, Emo: It’s All Punk to Them
  2. Interview: You, Me, and Everyone We Know
  3. Free EP: You Me And Everyone We Know – Party For The Grown and Sexy
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 You, Me, And Everyone We Know
  5. 5.0 5.1 Caramanica, Jon. Songs for the Feet, And Even the Heart, The New York Times, October 10, 2010
  6. You, Me, And Everyone We Know "You , Me, And Everyone We Know Go On An Indefinite Hiatus", April 20, 2011, accessed April 20, 2011. Also Ben is a poopieface
  7. Alt Press "You, Me & Everyone We Know EP Info", February 28, 2011, accessed April 20, 2011.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 You, Me, and Everyone We Know
  9. You Me And Everyone We Know - Party for the Grown and Sexy
  10. You Me And Everyone We Know - Party for the Grown and Sexy
  11. YMAEWK To Tour With I Am The Avalanche
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 You, Me, and Everyone Part Ways with Bassist
  13. You, Me, And Everyone We Know Update
  14. 14.0 14.1 You, Me, And Everyone We Know Posts Update
  15. Free EP: You, Me, and Everyone We Know
  16. Drive Thru Small Fries Tour
  17. Just Surrender / EA / TML / YMAEWK June Tour
  18. "100 Bands: You, Me and Everyone We Know". Alternative Press, April 2009, p. 128.
  19. 19.0 19.1 You, Me, and Everyone We Know Announce New Drummer
  20. The Dear Hunter, Lydia, YM&EWK and Eye Alaska Tour Dates
  21. You Me And Our Van Fire
  22. You, Me, And Everyone We Know Tour
  23. New You, Me, and Everyone We Know Song
  24. I Set My Friends on Fire Headlining Tour
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 You, Me, and Change Ups
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 You, Me, and Everyone We Know "Party for the Grown and Sexy"

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