Tonight Alive is an Australian rock band from Sydney, Australia. As of 2017, the band consists of lead vocalist Jenna McDougall, guitarist Jake Hardy, bassist Cameron Adler and drummer Matt Best.

Formed in 2008 by Hardy, Adler and Whakaio Taahi, soon joined by McDougall and Best, Tonight Alive recorded and self-released the EPs All Shapes & Disguises and Consider This. In 2010, Tonight Alive signed to both Fearless Records and Sony Music Entertainment Australia[2] and released their 2011 debut album What Are You So Scared Of?.[3] The record was officially released in the UK and US in October of 2012, a year after its initial release in Australia. Their second studio album, The Other Side, was recorded in Australia and released 6 September 2013, featuring the singles Lonely Girl and Come Home. It debuted on the ARIA Albums Chart at No. 5. The band contributed the song "The Edge" to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack. The band released "Human Interaction" on 30 October 2015, followed by their third album, Limitless, which debuted to mixed response on March 4, 2016. Lead guitarist and songwriter Whakaio Taahi departed the group in late 2017, shortly after the band finished recording their fourth album, Underworld, which will be released in January 2018.

Tonight Alive have been listed as one of the top 10 Australian bands in 2010 on American rock radio station KROQ.[8] They consistently tour year-long.

History

Formation (2008)

Guitarist Jake Hardy and bassist Cameron Adler already had an existing rock project covering other bands' material. Later, they met Whakaio Taahi through mutual friends, and asked him to join in on keyboard and lead guitar.

Jenna McDougall was writing her own acoustic music at the time, and had Adler helping her record and produce a demo. After the demo was finished, Adler gave McDougall a song the band had written and asked her to record her vocals over it. On 31 May 2008, the day before her sixteenth birthday, McDougall joined as lead vocalist, forming the first version of the band.

With shows booked and no band name, the band got together and cut out words they thought described livelihood and the band, coming up with the name Tonight Alive.

After the first year, the band lost their original drummer. Matt Best, a high school friend of Taahi, joined on after finding out they needed a drummer from Taahi's mother. Best travelled three to four hours to band practice.

The band started to make a name for themselves, opening for metal bands, playing small festival type shows, and spent plenty of time playing local shows at youth centres around the Sydney area.

All Shapes & Disguises and Consider This EP (2009−10)

In 2009 the band entered the studio to record their debut self-funded EP All Shapes & Disguises with producer Greg Stace and producer Dave Petrovic, which was released in June 2010, with their music video and debut single "Wasting Away" being released that same month. McDougall was still in school at the time. She took time off school to record, and her parents covered her share of the cost to rent studio space- a fact which the guys continue to tease her about.

The track "Closer" was featured on season six of the US reality TV show The Hills.[6]

In November 2010, the band released a three track EP Consider This, before heading on a national tour with Australian band Sienna Skies.

What Are You So Scared Of? (2011−12)

After being noticed by some large record labels, Tonight Alive was invited to play a showcase. Where both guitarists, Taahi and Hardy, snapped a string each on the first song, however, they continued to play. The band was signed anyway.

In late 2010, a demo of Tonight Alive's new material landed on producer Mark Trombino's desk. He then contacted the band, wanting to take part in producing their debut full-length record.[7]

"For him to contact us, and say he was interested, was a big deal," says Jenna. "We couldn't believe he'd put himself out like that. He's amazing. Mark created the albums we all grew up listening to - the albums that launched the careers of all these great bands."

In the early months of 2011, Tonight Alive flew to Los Angeles and recorded their debut full-length at NRG Studios over two months.[7]

The band also played their 2011 Australian tour with supporting bands such as Skyway and For This Cause.

The track "To Die For", originally from the band's first EP All Shapes & Disguises and "Thank You and Goodnight", originally from the band's second EP Consider This, was re-recorded on this record. "Thank You & Goodnight" features guest vocals from Blink-182's Mark Hoppus.[8]

The first single "Starlight" was released 1 July, and a music video was released three days later. The second single, "Let It Land" was released along with a music video for the track on 19 September.

Tonight Alive toured the US and took part on the annual Bamboozle festival,[11] playing the 1 May date on the Zumiez stage alongside New Found Glory, Valencia, Thrice, The Downtown Fiction and more.

The band is featured on the Punk Goes Pop 4 compilation CD, covering "Little Lion Man" by British indie rock band, Mumford & Sons, which was released on 21 November.

McDougall was part of Good Charlotte's song "Like It's Her Birthday" and was also featured on Simple Plan's song "Jet Lag" during the Australian leg of Simple Plan's most recent tour. She was also featured on the Divided by Friday song "Face to Face".

What Are You So Scared Of? was released under Sony Records Australia on 14 October 2011, however in November 2011 Tonight Alive signed to Fearless Records,[2] and re-released the Consider This EP on 8 November and their debut record What Are You So Scared Of? 4 months later in the US.[14]

The band released their Consider This EP in the UK through Banquet Records on 2 April 2012.[12]

Tonight Alive appeared on the 2011 Fearless Friends Tour alongside blessthefall, The Word Alive, Motionless In White, and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk.

The band was set to play on the Lucky Street Tour with Go Radio and This Providence and SXSW until they had to pull out due to medical issues, writing on their Facebook page: "We're very sorry to announce that we are having to cancel our upcoming tour with Go Radio and SXSW appearances due to serious medical issues."[16] Their singer having a severe case of eczema, making it hard for her to move. They later headed to Japan for the shows with Young Guns and also they had a first headline show at Shibuya-AX. Tonight Alive played the entire Warped Tour 2012.

During their time on The Vans Warped Tour 2012, the band began video production of "Listening", their third single release from What Are You So Scared Of? Despite the fact that "Breaking and Entering" had previously been released as a digital download and music video, according to McDougall, "Listening" served as the third official single from WAYSSO?. The music video for "Listening", released on YouTube on 12 October 2012, was used to document the band's final few days on the summer-long tour in a montage music video.

The Other Side (2013−14)

Tonight Alive released a stand-alone single called "Breakdown" on 12 March 2013 which featured Good Charlotte's Benji Madden. The band recorded their next album, The Other Side, in Coffs Harbour, Australia, which was released on 6 September 2013 through Sony and Fearless Records. The first single is "The Ocean", which premiered on Radio 1 in the UK on 11 July to coincide with the announcement of the album. "The Ocean" was later released to iTunes on 22 July. A teaser for the band's next single, "Lonely Girl" was released 24 July. The single was fully released later that night. An accompanying music video was premiered on 15 August. The track "Come Home" was released as a single in late September, along with the music video on the band's Vevo channel.

Tonight Alive toured the US as part of the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. They played a few dates in Australia before touring again in support of the new album, along with two Rolling Stone Live Lodge acoustic shows. They were also part of Warped Tour Australia lineup in November 2013.

They then went on The Other Side tour to promote their new album in Australia and later the U.S, playing with The Downtown Fiction, For the Foxes, and Echosmith. The tour ended on 23 November.

The band announced in mid-December that they would be supporting All Time Low on their A Love like War: UK Tour. It was announced in late January 2014 that the band would be supporting Taking Back Sunday and The Used on their co-headlining North American tour. The tour began in March 2014.

Tonight Alive contributed their original song "The Edge" for Sony and Marvel's film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and it was featured on the deluxe edition of the soundtrack in Australia, New Zealand, UK and Ireland. They toured with Mayday Parade, PVRIS, and Major League. They also played The Other Side in its entirety while on tour in the UK.

Limitless, Taahi's departure and Underworld (2015–present)

In January it was announced the band would be supporting All Time Low on their upcoming spring tour with Issues and State Champs.[17]

The band began working on their third album in March 2015, with producer David Bendeth[18] They played at Soundwave 2015 in Australia.[19] They released a statement in April cancelling two headlining shows in the US due to the drummer, Best, needing surgery for tendinosis.[20] Tonight Alive completed work on their third album in July 2015.

On 30 October 2015, the band announced that their third studio album, Limitless would be released on 4 March 2016[21][22] The announcement coincided with the release of the first single, "Human Interaction". On 21 November, the band released the second single from Limitless, entitled "To Be Free". The band streamed "Drive" on Spotify on 11 December, and made it available with preorders for their album.[23]

The third single, "How Does It Feel?", and its accompanying music video were released on 12 January 2016.[24]

On 3 April 2017, the group announced they had signed to Hopeless Records and UNFD,[37] and released a standalone single, "World Away".[38] The band recorded material for a new album in Thailand with Dave Petrovic in July 2017. On 16 October they released a single, "Temple," from their upcoming fourth album, Underworld. The album will be released on 12 January 2018 via UNFD in Australia and Hopeless Records internationally. The announcement also coincided with the announcement that Taahi had departed the group after the finish of production on Underworld, citing his decision to further his song-writing and producing career[39]. The remaining members embarked on an Australian tour in November, 2017, as a quartet.

Musical style

Tonight Alive are described as pop punk,[25][26][27] pop rock,[26][8] power pop,[26] alternative rock[27] and emo[29] by music sources. The band are often compared to fellow alternative rock/pop punk band Paramore.[25][26][29] Regarding the comparison, guitarist Whakaio Taahi stated "People are going to compare, it's human nature but we don't really let it affect us. We just do what we love to do and hope people like it."[26]

Discography

Studio albums

Compilation appearances

Band Members

  • Jenna McDougall – lead vocals (2008–present)
  • Jake Hardy – guitar (2008–present)
  • Cameron Adler – bass, backing vocals (2008–present)
  • Matt Best – drums, percussion (2009–present)
Former
  • Mitchell Stanger – drums, percussion (2008–2009)
  • Whakaio "Whak" Taahi – lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards (2008–2017)

Tours

Tour nameParticipating bandsContinent/CountryParticipating from - to
Don't Trust Me Tour3OH!3, Tonight Alive Australia13−18 October 2009
The Lying TourAmy Meredith, Tonight Alive Australia24 Apr - 15 May 2010
Lostprophets Australian TourLostprophets, The Blackout, Tonight Alive Australia27–30 May 2010
The Streets of Gold Tour3OH!3, Tonight Alive, For Our Hero Australia12−15 August 2010
Hits, Tits and Pits TourThe Wonder Years, Heroes for Hire, Tonight Alive, Skyway Australia9−18 September 2010
Consider ThisTonight Alive, Sienna Skies Australia19−28 November 2010
The Reclamation TourThe Getaway Plan, Tonight Alive, Secrets in Scale Australia9−19 February 2011
Spring Break Your Heart TourForever the Sickest Kids, Breathe Carolina, This Century, We Are the In Crowd, Before Their Eyes, Tonight Alive North America30 March – 26 April 2011
Bamboozle 2011Short Lived Affair, Tonight Alive, Man Overboard, Valencia, I Am the Avalanche North America29 April - 1 May 2011
The Higher Education TourAmy Meredith, Tonight Alive Australia11 May - 10 June 2011
Tonight Alive 2011 Australian TourTonight Alive, Skyway Australia1–16 July 2011
Rockvolution TourRufio, The Datsuns, Marky Ramone, Tonight Alive Indonesia23–24 July 2011
An Evening with AnberlinAnberlin, Tonight Alive Australia26 August – 2 September 2011
Get Your Heart On! TourSimple Plan, Tonight Alive, New Empire Australia30 September - 5 October 2011
What Are You So Scared Of? TourTonight Alive, Rufio Australia14–23 October 2011
Indent 2011 TourBIG STAGE w/ I, Soar Eagles, Evacuate the Fallen, Gerkin, Everything Red Australia28 October – 6 November 2011
The Fearless Friends 2011 Tourblessthefall, The Word Alive, Motionless in White, Tonight Alive, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! North America9 November – 16 December 2011
Never Shout Never 2012 UK TourNevershoutnever, Tonight Alive Europe16–27 January 2012
Bare Bones Club TourYoung Guns, Tonight Alive, Polar Europe2–15 February 2012
Soundwave 20123 Annex w/ Conditions, The Summer Set, Framing Hanley, Dashboard Confessional, Relient K, The Ready Set, Heroes for Hire Australia25 February – 5 March 2012
No Place Like Home TourTonight Alive, Young Guns, Totally Unicorn Australia17 May - 2 June 2012
Warped Tour 2012Kevin Says Stage with: After the Burial, Captain Capa, Impending Doom, Living with Lions, Lost in Society, Make Do and Mend, Sick of Sarah, Ten Second Epic, Twin Atlantic, We Are the Ocean North America16 June – 5 August 2012
European Headline TourTonight Alive, LostAlone, Blitz Kids Europe26 September - 9 October 2012
Collide with the Sky Tour 2012[8]Pierce the Veil, Sleeping with Sirens, Tonight Alive, Hands Like Houses (replaced by I Am King on Canadian dates) North America12 October – 23 November 2012
Kerrang! Tour 2013Black Veil Brides, Chiodos, Tonight Alive. Fearless Vampire Killers United Kingdom3–15 February 2013
The Supply Nation Tour 2013The Story So Far, Man Overboard, Tonight Alive, Citizen, The American Scene North America14 March - 13 April 2013
Tonight Alive 2013Tonight Alive, A Sleepless Melody, Because They Can Australia16–19 May 2013
Slam Dunk Festival 2013Main Stage with: The Summer Set, Tonight Alive, Mallory Knox, We Are the Ocean, Sleeping with Sirens, Kids in Glass Houses, Deaf Havana, All Time Low England25–27 May 2013
Warped Tour 2013#DOMO Stage with: Action Item, Anarbor, Big D and the Kids Table, The Early November, Goldfinger, Goldhouse, Hands Like Houses, RDGLDGRN, Stick to Your Guns North America15 June - 4 August 2013
Bazooka Rocks II Music Festival 2013All Time Low, Tonight Alive, A Rocket to the Moon, RadioDriveBy, Anberlin, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, We Came as Romans, UchuSentai:Noiz Philippines25 August 2013
The Other Side - Australian TourTonight Alive, Hands Like Houses, D at Sea Australia5–15 September 2013
The Other Side - UK TourTonight Alive, Set It Off, Decade United Kingdom29 September - 12 October 2013
You Me at Six Fall US TourYou Me at Six, Conditions, Tonight Alive, Dinosaur Pile-Up North America13–20 October 2013
The Other Side - USA Tour[31]Tonight Alive, The Downtown Fiction, For the Foxes, Echosmith North America23 October - 23 November 2013
Warped Tour 2013[31]The Offspring, Simple Plan, Millencollin, Tonight Alive Australia29 November - 8 December 2013
A Love Like War: UK Tour[8]All Time Low, Tonight Alive United Kingdom8−11 March, 13−15 March, and 21 March 2014
Taking Back Sunday & The Used co-headling tour[8]Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Tonight Alive, sleepwave North America18 March - 27 April 2014
You Me At Six Australian Tour[8]You Me At Six, Tonight Alive Australia5–11 September 2014
Honeymoon TourMayday Parade, Tonight Alive, Major League, PVRIS North America14 October - 14 November 2014
Live On The Other SideTonight Alive, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, United Kingdom24–30 November 2014
Soundwave Festival 2015Tonight Alive AustraliaFebruary 2015
The Future Hearts tourAll Time Low, Issues, Tonight Alive, State Champs North America15 April - 24 May 2015
Limitless - Australian TourTonight Alive Australia16 - 29 January 2016
Limitless - European TourTonight Alive, Our Last Night, Milk Teeth Europe2 - 26 February 2016
The Fight For Something TourTonight Alive, Set It Off, SayWeCanFly, The Ready Set North America1 - 28 March 2016
Warped Tour 2016Journey's Right Foot Stage with: 3oh!3, Issues, The Maine, Mayday Parade, Pepper, Real Friends, Sleeping with Sirens, State Champs, The Story So Far North America24 June - 13 August 2016
End The Madness TourSleeping with Sirens, State Champs, Tonight Alive, Waterparks North America3 November - 4 December 2016