The Starting Line


THE STARTING LINE’s 2002 debut album Say It Like You Mean It earned the group a #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, sold over 300,000 copies on the indie label Drive-Thru and spawned a surprise hit with “The Best Of Me,” a pop-punk anthem that was embraced by MTV. The band followed that up with a solid year on the road. After making a solid name for themselves and building their impressive fanbase through relentless touring, the group collectively decided to make the jump to major label Geffen Records for their next full-length Based On A True Story released May 10, 2005. All did not go according to plan; despite a strong debut at #18 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart, headlining the Vans Warped Tour that summer and going to on perform the biggest headlining shows of their career, the label de-prioritized the album and withheld support, choosing to not service their anthemic first single “Bedroom Talk” to commercial radio. At what should have been the pinnacle of their career, the band begged Geffen to be released from their contract and signed to Virgin after then president Jason Flom caught one of their live shows and was stunned at the sight of 10,000 kids singing along with the band. The band teamed with Grammy-winning producer Howard Benson to record Direction (Virgin) which was released July 31, 2007. Due to the merger of EMI (Virgin) and Terra Firma, The Starting Line was cast into a nearly identical situation as the aforementioned with Geffen Records. On March 5 2008, after eight years, the group announced they would take an indefinite hiatus to pursue other projects. THE STARTING LINE performed multiple times on the Vans Warped Tour and has toured with Paramore, Fall Out Boy, The All-American Rejects, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, Sum 41, Good Charlotte and All Time Low, among many others.

The Starting Line Released the Anyways 7″ on February 5th 2016 via Downtown Records. The first single “Anyways” is streaming now via Noisey. Anyways is the first new music from The Starting Line since 2007. After taking a long hiatus from The Starting Line to focus on other bands and projects and expand into different musical styles, the band was inspired to return by the exciting new wave of punk rock, in and outside of their hometown of Philadelphia. What resulted were three powerful, honest songs that recapture the spirit of this beloved band and establish The Starting Line as a force to be reckoned with still, in 2017.


THE STARTING LINE discography:

With Hopes of Starting Over (Drive-Thru Records, EP 2001)
Say It Like You Mean It (Drive-Thru Records, LP 2002)
The Make Yourself At Home (Drive-Thru Records, EP 2003)
Based On a True Story (Drive-Thru Records/Geffen, LP 2005)
Direction (Virgin Records, LP 2007)
Somebody’s Gonna Miss Us (Image Entertainment, Live CD/DVD 2009)

Anyways (Downtown Records 7″ 2016)



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