After touring the United States last year alongside Brick + Mortar, the boys of the indie rock band The Unlikely Candidates are preparing to head out once again this April for the Strange Lines tour.
Forming in 2008 after performing a cover of Boxcar Racer’s “I Feel So” at a high school party, childhood friends Kyle Morris and Cole Male starting making music together in the form of an acoustic duo. Fast forward to 2013, a name change, record signing and an EP later, then-quintent musically evolved into The Unlikely Candidates.
The Fort Worth, Texas band consists of Kyle Morris (vocals), Brent Carney (lead guitar), Cole Male (guitar), Jared Hornbeek and Kevin Goddard (drums).
The tour is named after the band’s new single, a preview of their forthcoming album due out in Fall 2019.
The co-headlining tour with California natives The Brevet will kick off April 4 in Iowa and wrap up April 20 in Charlotte, NC.
Since starting their career with Atlantic Records, the band has released numerous singles and three EPs. The Unlikely Candidates made their debut with their 2013 EP Follow My Feet. Following the success of their first EP, the band later released their second EP, Bed of Liars, in 2017. The single “Your Love Could Start a War” earned them a spot on the top 40 at Alternative Radio and earned them 8.2 million Spotify streams, building their buzz in the rock community.
It wasn’t until 2018 that The Unlikely Candidates released a deluxe version of their third EP, Danger to Myself, featuring the single, “Oh My Dear Lord.” The single gained them more recognition and has become one of the bands most popular and recognized songs.
The song has gained 6.6 million streams on Spotify and awarded them “Artist of the month” by FOX Sports and MLB.
As Morris explained in an interview with AXS, “A lot of it was influenced by life on the road,” says Morris. “I spent a lot of time figuring out who I am as someone who spends half their time in bars and half their time on a stage. Your persona from the stage bleeds into your personal life and then becomes your personal life. A little bit of an identity crisis while writing the EP, mostly fun though.”
The Unlikely Candidates have made it known they are not afraid to play around with their sound. Their debut album is more acoustic, while Bed of Liars found the band switching up to an electric guitar and heavier drum sounds. What remains constant between albums is Morris’ theatrical vocals. The vocals on “Oh My Dear Lord,” in particular, are very Patrick Stump and Brendon Urie-inspired, and the sound is very reminiscent of Fall Out Boy’s Save Rock and Roll.
The band’s success has grown tremendously since they first started creating a strong showing on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart and has allowed them to tour with multiple bands such as The Offspring, Fall Out Boy and the Dirty Heads.
Before the Strange Lines tour officially kicks off the band can be found performing at this years SXSW conference March 16. Tickets to the Strange Lines tour can be found here.
Strange Lines Tour Dates:
April 4 – Ames, IA – Maintenance Shop
April 5 – Sioux Falls, SD – Bigs Bar
April 6 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
April 7 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
April 9 – Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
April 11 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
April 12 – Washington D.C – Pearl Street Warehouse
April 13 – Philadelphia, PA – MilkBoy
April 15 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe
April 17 – Nashville, TN – The Basement
April 18 – Knoxville, TN – Open Chord
April 19 – Atlanta, GA – Purgatory at the Masquerade
April 20 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre