We Don't Mean to Brag But: Bands That Broke After Playing The PureVolume House

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Here at PureVolume we've always prided ourselves on our humility. We work hard and love bands that work harder, especially those that choose to be independent in the face of an increasingly daunting music industry. That said, we get a tsunami-sized surge of joy whenever a band we've loved forever explodes into the mainstream, finally getting the recognition they've worked so long to achieve. We're getting ready to launch the 2012 PureVolume House in Austin, Texas, and so we thought we would take a look back at the bands we've had play in years past, and see who achieved that butterflies-in-our-stomachs success. From Skrillex to All Time Low to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, PV House alumni are quite an all-star cast, and we've sure that some of the bands playing this year (you'll get the full list in a few hours) are bound for a similar fate.


Year He Played the House: 2009 

Where Are They Now: Just this month, Skrillex was awarded three Grammy awards. If that's not "making it" we don't know what is.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Year They Played the House: 2009 

Where Are They Now: You can hear Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' breakout single "Home" everywhere from the radio to sound tracking your favorite TV shows. Their second single "Janglin" was featured in a commercial for the 2011 Ford Fiesta, and the debut album reached #76 on Billboard's Hot 100. The band's second record is slated for release on May 29, 2012.

The Jakes/Young the Giant

Year They Played the House: 2009

Where Are They Now: Following their performance, The Jakes signed to Roadrunner Records, and announced that they would be changing their name to Young the Giant. Their eponymous debut record sent them skyrocketing into the mainstream, which festival dates, tours and a Billboard Alternative top 5 single. 

All Time Low

Year They Played the House: 2008

Where Are They Now: All Time Low weren't small potatoes when they played the House in 2009, but it wasn't until the following summer that they reached mainstream success in a way only few of their fellow pop punk bands have. Their third studio album, Nothing Personal, debuted at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and remains the band's highest charting album to date. 

Never Shout Never

Year They Played the House: 2009

Where Are They Now: The solo project of Christopher Drew Ingle, Never Shout Never had a really big year when he played the PV house back in 2009. Mere months later, it was announced that he had been signed to Warner Bros. Records after a heated bidding war. As a part of his record deal, Ingle was allowed to release his albums on his very own label imprint, called Loveway Records.

Two Door Cinema Club

Year They Played the House: CMJ 2010

Where Are They Now: These Irish rockers took the US by storm the year that they played the PureVolume House at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York. Their debut album had dropped the previous spring, in the months since they played the house the band has been touring the biggest festivals and venues in the world.

Delta Spirit

Year They Played the House: 2007

Where Are They Now: After the release of their debut full-length, Ode to Sunshine, in 2008, Delta Spirit took late night television by storm, playing Conan and Last Call with Carson Daly. In the years since, the band has released a sophomore album and played some of the biggest festivals in the world, including, most recently, the 2011 Coachella festival in Indio, California.


Year They Played the House: 2011

Where Are They Now: GROUPLOVE's ascent to playing some of the biggest stages, including Lollapalooza in Chicago and the UK's famous Reading festival, happened much faster than most of the bands on this list. Between the European vacation that brought the members together and signing to Atlantic Records and releasing their debut album, a mere 2 years passed.

Penguin Prison

Year They Played the House: 2011

Where Are They Now: Penguin Prison's Chris Glover broke out in the fall of 2011 with his Occupy Wall Street-inspired video for "Don't Fuck With My Money," which you can check out on Idolator here.


Year They Played the House: 2009

Where Are They Now: B.o.B was named the ninth hottest MC in the Rap Game by MTV not long after playing the PV house, and that was even before he released his debut album in 2010! Since then, the rapper has literally topped the charts--his debut reached the number one spot on the Billboard Top 100.

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