Breathe Carolina takes the stage March 15 at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg.
ST. PETERSBURG – Breathe Carolina will hit the stage Saturday, March 15, at State Theatre, 687 Central Ave. Doors will open 7 p.m.
Breathe Carolina officially was established in 2006 – but, in a sense, the band’s beginnings go all the way back to the 1980s when two key founding members entered the world. Kyle Even and David Schmitt, born in 1985 and 1988 respectively, both decided to explore a career in music at an early age. They both spent their formative years playing in several Colorado-based music groups. Even, a vocalist, joined the band Rivendale while Schmitt, a guitarist, performed with As the Flood Waters Rose. The two bands frequently played together. When other members of the bands departed for college, Even and Schmitt partnered to form Breathe Carolina.
The band recorded the extended play “Gossip” in 2007. The self-released EP was available exclusively on iTunes. They followed up with the album “It’s Classy, Not Classic” in 2008, along with a supporting tour.
Since first bursting on to the scene in 2008, Breathe Carolina has struck an inimitable alchemy between electronic music and rock, according to a biography provided by Fearless Records. Their distinctive sound keeps them ahead of the curve and facilitated the their platinum-selling 2011 breakout single "Blackout" from the album “Hell Is What You Make It.” The song reached 17 on the U.S. Mainstream Top 40 chart while the album peaked at 42 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
The band’s follow-up, “Savages,” sees the band once again treading boldly into fresh territory, delving heavier into the electronic dance world while staying true to their rock roots. The resulting combination sounds equally at home in a club, or lighting up packed fields at Warped Tour. The album, set for release in April, features guest vocals from pop artists Karmin and rock frontmen Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria and Tyler Carter of Issues. “Savages” solidifies the band's unique ability to straddle multiple musical styles and blend it into a sound all their own, a sound that is as infectious as it is euphoric.
Even left the band in 2013 to focus on his new role as a father. Schmitt has taken over both vocals and guitars. Joining Schmitt on tour will be Luis Bonet, programming and keyboards; Eric Armenta, drums; and Tommy Coops, guitar.
Also on the bill will be Jonny Craig, Ghost Town and Divided By Friday.