About The Unlikely Candidates
The Unlikely Candidates are an American indie rock band from Keller, Texas, formed in 2008. The band consists of lead vocalist Kyle Morris, lead guitarist Brenton Carney, guitarist Cole Male, drummer Kevin Goddard, and bassist Jared Hornbeek. Their song "Novocaine" topped the Alternative Songs chart and has received over 66 million streams and video views as of July 2021. They were signed with Atlantic Records as of 2013, but switched to Another Century, a smaller label, in October 2016.
The band was formed initially in 2008 by childhood friends Kyle Morris and Cole Male. After uniting in high school, the band immediately separated themselves from the typical musical traditions associated with Texas, and turned up with an alternative style of their own. However it wasn't until 2013 when they released their first music.
In April 2013, they released their debut single, "Follow My Feet." On September 30, 2013, they released their debut EP, also called Follow My Feet. On November 18, 2013, Joey Voodoo voted the music video for the title track "the music video of the week."
In March 2016, the band released an instrumental version of the EP.
Since the release of Follow My Feet, the band have released two more extended plays that feature a departure from the sound of Follow My Feet in 2017: Bed of Liars, which was released in February, and Danger to Myself, released in October. "Your Love Could Start a War" was released in February 2016, and now has over 15 million worldwide streams. The song was their biggest success since "Follow My Feet" and made an appearance on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Shortly after the band switched record labels in October 2016, they released the song "Ringer." The EP Bed of Liars was released on February 17, 2017. A music video for "Ringer" was released on April 7, 2017, which is composed of different clips sent in from fans of the band around the world. The music video for "Violence" was released in July 2017.
According to Kyle Morris, songs like Ringer and Reaction were written in house after being told that the band needed to write songs or else they might have gotten dropped from the label. The band spent a couple of weeks in California, and were partially influenced from West Coast-style rap while working on Bed of Liars. The band has logged countless miles on the road alongside acts such as Young The Giant, The Dirty Heads, Fall Out Boy, and Brick + Mortar.
The band's next EP, Danger to Myself, was released on October 27, 2017. It was led by the single "Celebrate," an alternate version of a song by the Dirty Heads. The EP was re-released on January 12, 2018 to include the song "Oh My Dear Lord." This song eventually became another one of the band's notable hits and has over 13 million worldwide streams. A music video was released for the song in March 2018. Kyle Morris has said that the EP was primarily influenced from life on the road, and his experiences while touring in a band.
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