After departing from Victory Records in July of 2010, Chicago-based pop-punk band THE AUDITION is set to write their own history with the self-release of their brand new EP, titled Chapter II on February 14, 2011. Backed by an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign which ended up raising almost $3,000 over their goal amount and the support of their fans around the world, Chapter II sees the band heading in a fresh direction and honing their signature sound into one that demonstrates a maturity and breadth evident in their earlier releases but not fully realized until now. The first single from the album, the catchy “You Make Me Sick” premieres today on Alternative Press’ website, and can be heard here:
Chapter II
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The Audition is also set to hit the road with Every Avenue and We Are the In Crowd starting February 14th and running through the end of March (tour dates below). This marks the band’s first tour of the US since 2010, ending a hiatus that left their fans longing for a return to the road. The members of The Audition are equally excited to road-test the material from their new EP after two long years off from touring.

Formed in 2003 by drummer Ryan O’Connor and bassist Joe Lussa, The Audition signed with Victory Records and released their debut album, Controversy Loves Company in September 2005. By that point, the band’s line-up had come to include guitarists Seth Johnson and Timmy Klepek as well as vocalist Danny Stevens. Their 2008 sophomore effort, Champion, cracked the Billboard Top 200 at #157, and their 2009 release, Self Titled Album hit #7 on Billboard Heatseekers. After the release of their fourth album, Great Danger, and the fulfillment of their contractual obligation with Victory, the band began to write for what would become Chapter II. The Audition see this new EP as a second chapter to the career and legacy they want to leave behind.

upcoming live dates w/ Every Avenue and We Are the In Crowd

Feb14 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Down Under
Feb15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Small’s
Feb16 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Feb17 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx
Feb18 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Feb19 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Feb22 – St Louis, MO – The Firebird
Feb23 – Lawrence, KS – Granada
Feb24 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
Feb25 – Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
Feb27 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Feb28 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Mar01 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Mar02 – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
Mar03 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
Mar06 – West Hollywood, CA – The Troubadour
Mar07 – San Diego, CA – Soma Sidestage
Mar08 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Cafe at The Strip (no WATIC)
Mar09 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre (no WATIC)
Mar10 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock (no WATIC)
Mar11 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad (no WATIC)
Mar20 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Theatre
Mar21 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Mar23 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Mar24 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

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