|Genres||Pop, indie rock, emo|
|Labels||Sunset Alliance, Western Tread Recordings|
|Associated acts||Pollen, Donkey Punch, Source Victoria, The Shat Stains, OneSelf|
|Past members||Topher Bradshaw|
Tickertape Parade was a band from Arizona that gained quick success on the indie scene, but burned out quickly before really establishing itself.
Arizona is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states. It is the sixth largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico; its other neighboring states are Nevada and California to the west and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California to the south and southwest.
Tickertape Parade was formed in June 2002 after Aaron Wendt recorded a few demos, and then recruited his friend Jesse Everhart to play guitar.The band would thereafter be completed when Sean McCall joined on drums and Topher on bass and Dan Hargest, formerly of Pollen, would join to fill in gaps by playing keys, guitar, and singing backup vocals. By the beginning of 2003, Tickertape parade found itself playing to crowds of 500 or more, opening for acts such as The Ataris, Sugarcult, Jimmy Eat World, The Promise Ring, and touring with The Stereo and The Format.
Pollen was a power pop band originally hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They released four albums and two split records over their eight years together.
The Ataris are an American rock band from Anderson, Indiana. Formed in 1996, they have released five studio albums, with So Long, Astoria certified gold. In 2009, an album was announced to be entitled The Graveyard of the Atlantic although the album's status has been on indefinite ambiguity, with just two EPs released in 2010 and 2012 both with the same titles as the awaited album. They are best known for their hit cover song, originally recorded by Don Henley, "The Boys of Summer".
Sugarcult is an American rock band from Santa Barbara, California formed in 1998. The band currently consists of Tim Pagnotta, Airin Older, Marko DeSantis, and Kenny Livingston.
In 2003, things were looking very positive for Tickertape Parade. That year, the band released an EP titled You're Causing a Scene, on Sunset Alliance which attracted positive reviews. At Adequacy.net, although the reviewer felt that the album lacked in originality, he could not help by note "that these fellas appear to have grander ambitions than the average melodic rock or emo troupe," and that they were truly on the verge of something special.Matt Shimmer at Indieville.com also positively reviewed this record and expressly recommended it to emo lovers. By the end of the year, Tickertape Parade was named Phoenix's Best local band by The Phoenix New Times.
Tickertape Parade gained the addition of Scot McCracken with Lakeside Entertainment as management and Mike McCoy (Fallout Boy, Gym Class Heroes) from Serling Rooks Ferrera McCoy Law Group. Tickertape Parade showcased for a few major record labels, however, could not ink a deal. After 2003, the band released a self-titled LP, featuring Nate Ruess from The Format, on Jim Adkin's (of Jimmy Eat World) short-lived label, Western Tread Recordings.Although the band was being shopped by numerous major and indie labels, the band could not seem to ink a deal, other than a lucrative Australian record deal that fell through. It seems the band's attorney, Mike McCoy (Fueled by Ramen, Fallout Boy), and Managers, Mike G and Scott McCracken (Lakeview Entertainment) seemed to lose interest in the band and jumped ship. Although the band had heavyweights such as Nate Rouse and Jim Adkins helping them succeed, they just could not make it happen. This, however, appears to be the last that anyone would hear from the band. In addition, although they were a top seller, they were essentially "excommunicated" from the Sunset Alliance Catalog, as its original catalog number, ALLY020, has been replaced by two other Sunset Alliance releases, and the label's website makes no mention of the band.
Jimmy Eat World is an American rock band formed in Mesa, Arizona in 1993. The band is composed of lead guitarist/lead vocalist Jim Adkins, drummer Zach Lind, rhythm guitarist/vocalist Tom Linton, and bassist Rick Burch. As of October 2016, Jimmy Eat World has released nine studio albums, the last eight featuring the current lineup.
Western Tread Recordings was an independent record label based in Tempe, Arizona. It was owned and operated by Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World and music-promoter Charlie Levy.
|2003||You're Causing a Scene EP||Sunset Alliance||Although this was originally released as ALLY 020 in the Sunset Alliance catalog, it has since been removed and replaced by other Sunset Alliance releases.|
|2004||Self-Titled||Western Tread Recordings|
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EP was the first EP and first release by American rock band, The Format. It was self-released on August 9, 2002. It was re-released on September 30, 2003 via Western Tread Recordings, which is owned by Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World. The success of "The First Single" on Phoenix rock radio station KEDJ caught the attention of many major record labels and ultimately led to The Format signing with Elektra Records.
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