Bands To Watch#38: Forever The Sickest Kids

By on Thursday, 6th November 2008 at 3:35 pm

These lads from Dallas sound like the bee’s knees and that’s obviously what Universal Records thought who signed the band less than a year after the band formed. Forever The Sickest Kids (FTSK) have an early Good Charlotte feel to them and they’re unquestionably gifted, ambitious and hard working but that can’t explain how quickly this band have been able to break into the US charts.

Five days after their official formation, singer Jonathan Cook was flipping through the Pure Volume web site when, with a click of his mouse, he inadvertently spent $350 the band didn’t have on a front page song placement. Worse still, Forever the Sickest Kids didn’t have any songs written yet. So, over the next two days, the band members got together and banged out a track called “Hey Brittany,” then recorded it with their friend/producer Jeff Rockwell.

“Buying that Pure Volume spot was an amazingly great mistake,” laughs guitarist Caleb Turman, noting how “Hey Brittney” quickly became the band’s first big break. “The song just took off and after that everyone was suddenly interested in us.” Since it was first posted, “Hey Brittany” has garnered over 2.5 million Internet plays and triggered a bidding war between eight major labels.

The band’s sound can give something to please everyone’s ears and although many will say they are a guilty pleasure, there is nothing to regret when bellowing out an FTSK chorus. I dare you to visit their MySpace and leave without wanting to buy an album.

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