“It's definitely surreal,” We the Kings front man Travis Clark told me before a gig in 2007. “Every show is like the biggest yet.” His punk-pop band's self-titled debut disc had just come out on S-Curve (Fountains of Wayne, Joss Stone) and the band was about to elate a crowd of about 1,000 screaming teens at Jannus Landing Courtyard in St. Petersburg, near Clark's hometown of Bradenton, Fla.
Since then, We the Kings have gone from Florida faves to one of the biggest acts in the pop-punk world. Their debut album produced the Top 40 single “Check Yes Juliet (Run Baby Run)” and in December the band released Smile Kid, which features the even bigger smashes “Heaven Can Wait” and the title-track. We the Kings are headlining the Hot Topic Presents Sub City Take Action Tour that hits the House of Blues Anaheim Saturday (Feb. 20) and the HOB Sunset Strip Sunday (Feb.21).
OC Weekly (Wade Tatangelo): “Heaven Can wait” contains the lines, “Here's a song for the nights / I drink too much and spill my words.” When was the last time you drunk dialed someone?
Travis Clark: The last time that line was relevant in my life was in Atlanta and I just started walking down the street after downing a whole bottle of red wine. I headed into a bad neighborhood and with my red-wine brain was super talkative. I lived to tell the tale [laughs].