It's a big, big day for Abandon Kansas
. Debuting today is a brand new song off a brand new EP ... and a brand new beginning. Stream their track "You+Me+The Radio
" above, and check out the release of Abandon Kansas' very candid A Midwest Story
biography video that shares the story of a band standing at a vital juncture in their career—and lives.
The band dates back to 2006 in Wichita, Kansas, where Brian Scheideman
and Jeremy Spring
bonded over a shared love of indie rock.
Their first release was a success from the start: 2007's You Build a Wall, I’ll Build a Ladder
quickly gained a buzz throughout the midwestern region of the United States—as well as caught the attention of Christian indie label Gotee Records.
“Gotee was the only label interested at the time that understood how we wanted to walk the line between the Christian and general market, and they let us do our thing,” explains vocalist Spring. “I remember signing the papers in a parking lot in Texas in March; it was very anticlimactic.”
Abandon Kansas spent the next few years writing, recording, and releasing two full-length albums (We’re All Going Somewhere
and Ad Astera Per Aspera
), enjoying airtime on Christian radio along with headlining national tours and festivals ... but the band still felt they were in an uncomfortable position creatively when it came to their label.
The band wanted an outlet to simply be themselves.
“Gotee was a great home for us in the beginning,” continues Spring. “We were able to educate ourselves in the music industry and discover we had just as good of a shot putting out a successful record independently as we did being signed.”
In 2012, Abandon Kansas had two singles charting on Christian radio but still found themselves with the desire to make the music they wished to make. With an album of new material that Gotee would not commit to releasing, the band managed to acquire a clean break from the label ... and quickly began work on A Midwest Summer, Abandon Kansas' first indie release in six years. Their bio video for A Midwest Summer is debuting here today, below, and offers an incredibly honest look at the band's journey thus far.
A Midwest Summer is a three-song EP foreshadowing a full-length release set for a later 2013 date. The EP will be released on June 11.
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