While you may not know him, songwriter and producer Sam Hollander played a pivotal role in the neon pop-punk storm that overtook our scene in the late 00's, co-writing songs such as All Time Low's “Holly (Would You Turn Me On,” Boys Like Girls' “The Great Escape,” Metro Station's “Shake It” and countless others. Hollander was featured as a guest on the most recent episode of the Voice & Verse podcast, where he disclosed some fascinating information on neon's glory days.
As PropertyOfZack pointed out, towards the end of the episode he touches on an incredible moment during the time he was working with We The Kings on their debut LP, in which the band pitched him the idea of naming themselves Check Yes Juliet. (At that point in time, they were operating under the moniker De Soto.) Hollander responded by essentially begging them to not choose that as their name, calling it “second tier” and a “terrible name.”
Hypothetically speaking, if We The Kings did in fact choose Check Yes Juliet as their name, there is a possibility that song never would've been written.
You can listen to the podcast in full below. Hollander begins the We The Kings story around the 43:12 mark.
What are your thoughts on the story? How would you feel if We The Kings were called Check Yes Juliet?