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It’s hard to think that 2008 was already an entire decade ago. It was the year that brought us Twilight, the Fred YouTube channel and a slew of rising musical talent in the alternative scene. So we’re taking a trip down memory lane to recall some of the beginnings of our favorite bands’ groundbreaking careers.

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ASKING ALEXANDRIA

Originally started in 2006 by guitarist Ben Bruce in Dubai, Bruce realized he would not gain international success and moved back home to Nottingham, England, to reassemble the band two years later. Now, after a long, tough period of not speaking with the other members, original vocalist Danny Worsnop is back, and the band have just released their self-titled sixth album.
Latest video: “Into The Fire”

FUN.

After the split of his former band the Format, vocalist Nate Ruess went on to form Fun. with his fellow touring buddies. Years down the line, the New York indie-rock act announced they were going on hiatus in 2015. Ruess debuted his solo album, Grand Romantic, that same year, and he is best known for his collaboration with pop singer P!nk on her song “Just Give Me A Reason.”
Latest video: “Why Am I The One”

GET SCARED

Assembled by members of four different bands the previous year, Get Scared released their first-ever EP, Cheap Tricks And Theatrics, in 2009. They opened for I See Stars on their Light In The Cave tour in 2016 and performed in Mexico and Japan. Nowadays, they’ve been in the studio writing and recording for their upcoming fourth studio album.
Latest video: “R.I.P.”

THE WORD ALIVE

Beginning as the side project of Escape The Fate’s Craig Mabbitt, the band later recruited Tyler “Telle” Smith as their new vocalist and began recording shortly after. In August, bassist Daniel Shapiro announced his departure, and he was replaced with Ryan Daminson. They supported I Prevail on their Rage On The Stage tour along with We Came As Romans and Escape The Fate.
Latest video: “Trapped”

TONIGHT ALIVE

Frontwoman Jenna McDougall officially joined Tonight Alive the day before her 16th birthday, making us feel really old when we look at how far they’ve come since. Earlier this year, they signed with Hopeless Records and UNFD and recorded their upcoming album Underworld in Thailand, despite parting ways with guitarist Whakaio Taahi.
Latest video: “Crack My Heart”

AMARANTHE

The power metal act, originally named Avalanche but changed due to legal issues, formed in 2008 in Gothenburg, Sweden after a photo shoot for their Leave Everything Behind demo. Earlier this year, founding vocalist Jake E left to form a new project, and the band has recruited Nils Molin of Dynazty as his replacement. They just announced a European tour for fall 2018.
Latest video: “Maximize”

HANDS LIKE HOUSES

Hands Like Houses were  formed from members of two bands, So Long Safety and Eternal Debut. Soon after their formation, the Aussie act traveled to Chango Studios to record their debut album, Ground Dweller, with producer Cameron Mizell. This year, the band signed to Hopeless Records, while continuing their partnership with Australian label UNFD.
Latest video: “Drift”

BAND OF SKULLS

Initially, this British rock act met in college and started out playing nightclubs in the Greater London area under the moniker Fleeing New York before changing their name in 2008. Earlier this year, founding member Matt Hayward announced his departure. Since then, the band was featured on a compilation album put out by record label Sotones in January 2017.
Latest video: “Black Magic”

THE DOWNTOWN FICTION

With a name inspired by cult-classic Pulp Fiction, the band started out posting their demos on mid-2000s social media polestar, Myspace. The band’s biggest hit, “I Just Wanna Run,” has since reached Gold RIAA status. Their latest video stars actress Matilda Lutz, and guitarist and lead singer Cameron Leahy has recently been putting out his own solo material.
Latest video: “Hepburn Shades”

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