We The Kings at The Wedge tonight

We The Kings
We The Kings
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Southsea Punkfest 2.0 The Dockyard Club, Old Portsmouth Saturday, April 28  

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While many bands feel they mature more with each new record, Florida quartet We The Kings say it’s vice versa for them.

Frontman Travis Clark thinks his band have reverted to a simpler, more laid back and fun approach to their music with their third album , Sunshine State of Mind.

‘With this record, I feel like we’ve gone the opposite direction in a positive way,’ he explains.

Recorded by long-term collaborators S*A*M* & Sluggo (Gym Class Heroes, Metro Station) and released last year, Sunshine State of Mind is their most dynamic and versatile album to date.

It features reggae-inflections on Say You Like Me, orchestral rock on Sleep With Me and a delicate ballad called You And Only You.

‘A lot of these songs have a theme we tried to capture with the music,’ adds Travis. ‘The View From Here is my graduation song about overcoming boundaries and moving on to the next stage of life, while Over You is our first song about heartbreak, because I broke up with my long-term girlfriend and wanted to share that experience with our fans.’

They shared these experiences with fans on tours with Simple Plan, All Time Low and Forever The Sickest Kids, last year.

Now, We The Kings return this month with their UK Is Forever tour, which kicks off in Portsmouth next week.

The tour coincides with the release of their Friday Is Forever five-track EP on Monday.

Along with the title track and live favourite Check Yes Juliet, the EP features acoustic versions of Party, Fun, Love & Radio; Secret To New York and Say You Like Me.

Meanwhile, We The Kings’s profile continues to grow with a combined 1.3 million fans on Facebook and Twitter, and more than 18 million streams of their videos on YouTube.

But you can’t beat seeing a band live and in the flesh at gigs like their show at the Wedgewood Rooms at Southsea on Thursday. Support comes from Natives and Blitz Kids.

Tickets cost £12.50 from (023) 9286 3911, wedgewood-rooms.co.uk or on the door from 8pm.