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The Starting Line

Pennsylvanian punk-poppers the Starting Line originally came together in 1999 via version 2.0 of the old "vocalist wanted" flyer hanging at the local record store. Guitarist Matt Watts was playing with a few bands throughout his teenage years, but after seeing Ken Vasoli's AOL profile, he invited him to jam. Vasoli was soon installed as the bassist and singer, joining Watts, second guitarist Mike Golla, and drummer Tom Gryskiewitz to form Sunday Drive. Though barely out of high school, Sunday Drive started lining up shows and recording demos, and aggressively marketed everything with the aid of buddy old pal AOL and listings on MP3.com. Cali indie We the People took notice of the MP3s and soon offered a deal; however, punk-pop powerhouse Drive-Thru saw an opportunity in the group's fresh faces and accessible melodies, and swooped in to take control of the resulting demos. Sunday Drive wasn't going to argue -- with its highly successful roster (Something Corporate, Midtown, etc.) and Geffen distribution deal, Drive-Thru was a dream come true. By 2000, the quartet had become the Starting Line, and issued the With Hopes of Starting Over EP. Warped Tour dates followed, the band's Internet presence remained strong, and when its debut full-length, Say It Like You Mean It, dropped in 2002, it was met with enthusiastic kid support. The band again spent the summer as part of its second Warped Tour, and its video clip for the heartfelt emo pop ballad "Best of Me" did quite well at MTV2. The Make Yourself at Home EP appeared before the year's end. In May 2005, the band issued their sophomore effort, Based On A True Story. Performance dates on the annual Vans Warped Tour followed that summer and even though their popularity increased, Geffen de-prioritized the album and gave very little promotional support to the single. After the group wiggled free from their contract, Virgin president Jason Flom caught one of their live shows and scooped up the band to his label. In 2007, the group began recording Direction, an album dedicated to their brand of concise, straight-forward, pop-punk tunes. ~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi
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Follow 4 follow??
follow me ill follow back!
Hey guys be sure to follow me I got all the good bands from soft and emotional to hardcore
I think im in love with their music! ^o^
kaytiswovela n d
my mom's best friend is the neighbor to one of the guys in the band. i really hope one day we go over to her house and i can fangirl to them about their music, it is so good!!
Perfection
love this group...reme m b e r when this album came out while in high school..stil l love it
YES
this band is timeless... love them!
their ok
nostalgia!(:
LISTENING TO THESE GUYS MAKES ME FEEL YOUNG AGAIN.
numba1avfani s b a m
NFG is awesome...i havent even heard of these losers
135920007
. I saw The starting line in 2001 with sum 41, no use for a name, and authority zero. i never heard the starting line before, but they blew every other band at the venue out of the water. highly energetic and deep lyrics with some great guitar riffs. dood, they had me jumpin' like some scene kid. NFG is just as rad, just as deep (even though jordan pundik's voice is irritating after a while),and they both put on epic, energetic shows.
Good memories... FTW this band was epic.
ew
NFG makes me puke, but The Starting Line does not. I miss dancing to them my Freshman year lmao
sad they broke up and all saw their last show at bamboozle was a great set but Kenny has another band he's making music with which i can't remember the name of at the moment loved these guys since i heard them in 02 dirty jerz ftw, picked up a broken bass from one their shows which Kenny broke on stage and signed woot!
This band just looks like a bunch of typical posers and sellouts. I mean the guy on the right doesn't even look like he belongs with the other 3. He looks like the "band hottie" that was hired to attract tweeny boppers. BOOOOOO!!!!! ! !
newberrygirl m a d d y
New Found Glory is't that great. I agree with Tylerr--the singer's voice is kinda annoying
Do those caps mean you're yellin at me? haha New Found Glory's singer just gets on my nerves dude. It's not like a I hate them on some weird personal level and yeah Direction def was their crappiest album but it wasn't horrible. I'm still attached to this band, I Just hope they can redeem themselves..
NEW FOUND GLORY BASICALLY PUT THEM ON THE MAP... ofcourse they are gonna be compared to them. the real issue here is how this band went to s hit pretty much.. they used to rip.. i seen there SO CALLED last show at warped in nj.. they were weaksauce..

leaving and given the chance are awesome
Very awesome band. It's a shame the compared them to New Found Glory...
ah....... startingline : )
<34567
Awesome band. Love your music, love all music, but you guys are the best, if you haven't bought any of their CD's do so, totally worth it!
and check out Cartel if you like this guys!
THIS CD IS TIMELESS.... although tsl has really changed in the past 5yrs.. but there old school shows in NJ.. most specially BIRCH HILL... i mean come on... they wrote a SONG about BIRCH HILL... keep on rockin... thank you.. drive thru
i'm gonna tear your a** up like we just got married :)
Some of the best songs ive heardin my lifetime best of me is real good though
likkke em love emmm.
whatever your preferencce read the lyrics...
they mean alott.
GOOOOOOOOOD AWESOME BANDDD!
they sound ok
they rock so hard!!!
You guys used to be on my yahoo radio station, but I haven't listen to it in forever and NOW you are on my pandora!!! Happy day.
i love the cover of their lasted CD :)
dmorrow36
But I could be wrong, it happens at an alarming pace
dmorrow36
They're not on a break...they just played in Columbus last week
wait,
back it up.
they're on a break?
=<
:/
i miss them
gracecady
It's a shame they're on a break.
their song best of me is greatness, it is the ultimate long distance relationship song haha
i totally agree with bkowaleski. The Starting Line has been a favorite of mine for a long time... and within the genre, they are very original and really do have a unique, sophysticate d sound. great stuff. i like paramore too, but i dunno, theyve become so mainstream lately that i really think they, in time, will lose some of their originality.
now i will say that the starting line is a great band, but dont start bashing paramore!! its not necessarily a better/worse band thing, but if you have noticed, paramore has REALLY blown up recently. there would have been more people going to see paramore than to see the starting line. thats simply why they were the openers.
Why do I like Starting Line so much? Probably because they are, despite the writings of some clueless critics, one of the most original and musically sophisticate d of the emo/punk/wha t e v e r - g e n r e - y o u - w a n t - t o - p u t - t h e m - i n artists today. If you know a little about music, listen closely to the song Cheek-to-Che e k . This is NOT simple-minde d stuff. The music is complex and structured into several parts that are woven together in an unusual and interesting way.
I have to say I really only like half of their songs. I like the ones that are a bit mellower.
Ready is an awesome song.
krme0501
I love how the only reason those teeny-bopper paramore fans (no offense, I like paramore too) know about The Starting Line is because they opened for them. They DO deserve more! Kenny's amazing...Ch e c k out Person L...his solo project.
never again should they open for paramore, the starting line is so amazing!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! they deserve so much more than opening for paramore!!
i love this band!!! i saw them live when they opened for paramore and they were soo awesome!!!! and i got to meet kenny too!!!

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