Underoath Overview

Underoath is an American metalcore band from Tampa, Florida. Founded by Dallas Taylor Dallas Taylor (vocalist) and Luke Morton on November 30, 1997 in Ocala Ocala, Florida , Florida, subsequently its additional members were from Tampa, Florida. They are currently signed with Solid State Records, a subsidiary of Tooth and Nail Records, and are the label's most po***r group.
They have received two Grammy Grammy Award nominations in 2007 and 2010 respectively


 
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Formation and Act of Depression (1997—2000)

On November 30, 1997 Underoath formed with Dallas Taylor Dallas Taylor (vocalist) , and guitarist Luke Morton, in Florida in Ocala, Florida. Morton devised the name Underoath "from somewhere in the Bible." Drummer Aaron Gillespie, who attended Morton's Church, was then asked to play with them. Gillespie agreed, and the group recruited guitarist Corey Steger and bassist Octavio Fernandez; the band members were all in high school.

After a year of playing at festivals, eating in Buffets, and touring the area around Florida, Underoath signed to Alabama's Takehold Records in 1999. Around this time Luke Morton had left the band without appearing on any of their formal recordings. They released their debut Act of Depression, which sold over 2,000 copies.




Cries of the Past and The Changing of Times (2000—2003)

In 2000, keyboardist Christopher Dudley joined Underoath, and the five-song, forty-minute long record, Cries of the Past was released, quickly selling 3,000 copies. The band then began working on their Solid State debut, The Changing of Times, with Cries of the Past producer James Paul Wisner. The album was released on February 26, 2002 and produced one single titled "When the Sun Sleeps". Dallas Taylor explained that the lyrics on The Changing of Times were about "people playing with other people's emotions and how it can leave you bitter" and "struggling through life's hardships and trying to find God in all of it." The band was criticized by critics and long-time fans for the album's style because it had changed from the sound of their previous releases. However, The Changing of Times went on to outsell both of their earlier releases combined.

In 2003, Underoath supported the album's release with their first inclusion on Warped Tour, however their participation in the tour came to an end when Taylor (under controversial conditions) was asked to leave the band. Keyboardist, Chris Dudley explained at that time that Taylor could no longer tour with Underoath for various reasons and left on his own decision. In October 2003, at the CMJ Fest in New York City, the band reappeared with Spencer Chamberlain, formerly of the band This Runs Through, as the new lead vocalist. Chamberlain had toured with Underoath when fronting his former band and at one time was roommates with Dudley; their previous friendship with Chamberlain was considered when making him lead vocalist.

During the early months of 2004, Underoath returned to the studio with Chamberlain as lead vocalist and producer James Paul Wisner. With Gillespie being the only original member, They're Only Chasing Safety had been a vast change in sound and rhythm from what they performed earlier on. "Reinventing Your Exit" and "It's Dangerous Business Walking out Your Front Door" were released as the album's two singles and both songs spawned music videos that received frequent airplay on MTV2 and Fuse Fuse TV .

In March 2005, Underoath participated in the inaugural Taste of Chaos tour, and shortly after, embarked on their first headlining tour. The band premiered two brand-new songs during the length of the tour. They played a part of the Warped Tour, but declined to perform for the entirety of the tour in order to take time to record another album. Underoath made their first cover of an national magazine, Alternative Press for the September 2005 issue, and in October, They're Only Chasing Safety was re-released in a two-disc set with four formerly unreleased songs. Also included was re-mastered album artwork by Jacob Bannon of Converge Converge (band) , and a DVD with over two hours of footage of the band touring in support of the album. As of 2005, They're Only Chasing Safety has sold more than 218,000 copies, with the re-release selling an additional 279,000 copies, making a combined sales of more than 500,000 copies in the US alone..

Define the Great Line (2006—2007)

In January 2006, Underoath entered the studio to record their fifth album, which would come to be titled Define the Great Line; named so because "you just have to find that line and that way to live your life". Matt Goldman, who produced albums for Copeland Copeland (band) and Norma Jean Norma Jean (band) , and Adam Dutkiewicz, guitarist for Killswitch Engage, enlisted as producers.



An unfinished version of the album was leaked onto BitTorrent BitTorrent (protocol) websites and P2P Peer-to-peer file sharing services months before the release date. Drummer Aaron Gillespie, during the short time after the recording of Define the Great Line, recorded the debut album Southern Weather for his side-project The Almost, which was produced by Seattle producer Aaron Sprinkle and was released April 3, 2007. In April 2006, the band had been courted by several major record labels, instead re-signing with Tooth & Nail Records because they felt that major labels "don't get heavy bands" and "we don't really agree with a lot of the business practices major labels employ sometimes." Dudley commented that the videos were "high-energy videos and more intricate than any video we've ever done." the highest debut for a Christian album since 1997. With the debut of Define the Great Line, Underoath simultaneously released a special edition version of the album featuring special artwork and a DVD that includes another behind-the-scenes movie and a "making of" video. Define the Great Line was certified Gold Gold Album by the RIAA on November 11, 2006, representing 500,000 shipped units of the album. The album was also released on vinyl however, this edition was limited to only 3,000 copies.
performing at 2006's Warped Tour in San Diego, California.

The band was scheduled to spend June and July 2006 on the main stage of the Warped Tour, but on July 28, 2006, it was announced that Underoath was dropping off the remaining dates of the tour. A statement from the band stated that the members "felt it necessary to take some immediate time to focus on our friendship, as that’s more important than risking it for the sake of touring at this time." In an Alternative Press cover story on Underoath, Burkett told the magazine that Chamberlain had confided in him that Underoath's band members had been "having a lot of arguments over their religious beliefs." Michael "Fat Mike" Burkett Mike Burkett admitted to Punknews.org that he had poked fun at the band for their beliefs, but emphasized that he befriended Underoath's band members at the start of the tour and had a personal policy of not making jokes on-stage about anyone he was not friends with or did not like personally. It was also spread that the band's withdrawal from the tour was due to Chamberlain's rumored drug problems and time spent in rehabilitation, to which Gillespie responded, "If there was something serious going on like that and he was in rehab, we'd have to tell the press. But it's just not true." Underoath toured extensively throughout Europe, Australia, and Asia in the late 2006, from February to April in 2007 toured with Taking Back Sunday and Armor for Sleep.

Underoath shot videos for the songs "You're Ever So Inviting" and "A Moment Suspended in Time" in February 2007; both videos have been released and "You're Ever So Inviting" won MTV's Battle of the Videos on May 23, 2007. Underoath performed a Canadian tour followed by the Taste of Chaos World Tour, and also played at the 2007 Cornerstone Festival. On July 17, 2007 Underoath released a DVD entitled 777 777 DVD to the US market. Underoath also played the Warped Tour 2007 from July 24 to August 9, and in August 2007, toured Australia and East Asia. During a tour with Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Poison the Well, and Every Time I Die, Gillespie went through emergency surgery on an infection in his hand. Instead of cancelling shows, Underoath recruited Kenny Bozich, the drummer of Gillespie's band, The Almost.
Underoath lead vocalist Spencer Chamberlain was featured on the cover of the Warped Tour 2008 Tour Compilation album.


Survive, Kaleidoscope and Lost in the Sound of Separation (2008—present)

During the September 2007 tour, Chamberlain stated various times that the band will release a new album in mid 2008. It was later confirmed that it would be released on September 2, 2008. Recording for the album began in March 2008 and ended in April 2008. McTague said that the album, Lost in the Sound of Separation, would be considerably heavier than Define the Great Line.

In October 2007, Underoath had begun filming their third person documentary Survive, Kaleidoscope. "The Audible Diversion Group", a small film team, shot footage of the band as they followed Underoath on their September tour and the entirety of the "We Believe in Dino-Tours". The film was shot in 720p high definition 16:9 widescreen format. Underoath released the Survive, Kaleidoscope live CD/DVD on May 27, 2008. The album reached #81 on the Billboard 200 Billboard 200 .

During mid-2008, Underoath joined the 30-city Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour with bands such as Slipknot Slipknot (band) , Disturbed, Mastodon Mastodon (band) , and DragonForce.

In its first week, Lost in the Sound of Separation debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 charts, selling around 56,000 copies in the US alone. The band then later made a video for the song on the new album "Desperate Times, Desperate Measures".post59079712 Underoath is set to release their upcoming live album Live at KOKO exclusively to their UK audience via their UK merchandise site.Underoath's members are openly Christian and have stated on numerous occasions that they are a Christian band. However, as vocalist Spencer Chamberlain explains, "[We are Christian but] in a different way. We’re not like your average Christian band." Chamberlain said, "I look at us as just another band in the secular market like with all these other hardcore bands and we just happen to be a Christian band that has different beliefs." Bassist Grant Brandell has explained that Underoath's music has been influenced by various bands such as Refused, At the Drive-In, Apple Not Asteroid, Jimmy Eat World, Isis Isis (band) and Radiohead. the group's style took a considerable change as new vocalist Chamberlain joined. With Chamberlain, the writing dynamic change in the band — now Gillespie and Chamberlain wrote the lyrics they sang Then Define the Great Line was released in which Chamberlain noted that his vocals sounded less like himself imitating Taylor's vocals, and more similar to the vocals of his previous band, This Runs Through. Alternative Press Alternative Press (music magazine) stated, "[Chamberlain's] bellow [is] more carnal and guttural, [and] his high end more tuneful than whiny.";Current members
*Aaron Gillespie - clean vocals, drums drum kit (since 1997)>
*Spencer Chamberlain – lead vocals lead vocalist , additional guitars (since 2003)>
*Timothy McTague – lead guitar, backing vocals (since 2001)>
*Grant Brandell – bass guitar (since 2002)>
*James Smith – rhythm guitar (since 2003)>
*Christopher Dudley – keyboards Musical keyboard , synthesizers, samplers sampler (musical instrument) (since 2000)>

;Former members
*Luke Morton - lead guitar (1997—1999)>
*Rey Anasco - bass (1997—1999)>
*Dallas Taylor Dallas Taylor (vocalist) – lead vocals (1997—2003)>
*Corey Steger – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1998—1999)>, lead guitar, backing vocals (2000—2001)>
*Octavio Fernandez – rhythm guitar(2000—2003)>, bass (1999—2000)>
*Matthew Clark – bass guitar (2000—2001)>
*Billy Nottke – bass guitar (2001—2002)>
*Kelly Scott Nunn – rhythm guitar (2002—2003)>



Album appearances
*Act of Depression (1999)>
*Cries of the Past (2000)>
*The Changing of Times (2002)>
*They're Only Chasing Safety (2004)>
*Define the Great Line (2006)>
*Lost in the Sound of Separation (2008)>
 

 

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