Allstar Weekend

Friday, February 17th 2012


The emo-pop quartet Allstar Weekend were formed in 2007 by Zachary Porter (vocals), Nathan Darmody (guitar), Cameron Quiseng (bass), and Michael Martinez (drums) in San Diego, CA while they were still in high school. Inspired by local heroes blink-182 and classic rock icons like Queen and Elton John, Allstar Weekend began writing songs and playing shows around their hometown. While they were building their local fan base, the bandmembers also wrote and recorded songs for their MySpace page. These early tracks caught the ear of the duo behind Drive-Thru Records, Richard and Stefanie Reines, who became their managers. The next step was national attention, and Allstar Weekend got plenty when they were picked for Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing promotion in 2008 and did so well that Hollywood Records signed them. The first single released by the band, “A Different Side of Me,” reached the top of Radio Disney’s Top 30 Countdown and sold over 100,000 copies. Meanwhile, their YouTube videos (for the aforementioned single and “Journey to the End of My Life”) racked up an impressive amount of viewings (over a million total). In June of 2010 their debut mini-album, Suddenly, was released. Produced by a set of proven producers (Howard Benson, John Feldmann, and S*A*M & Sluggo), the record showcased the band’s youthful exuberance and knack for a catchy chorus. The band spent the rest of the year on the road playing a mix of venues that included Army bases, children’s museums,
theme parks, and concert halls.