The Junior Varsity

The Junior Varsity

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The Junior Varsity has sold 30,000 albums worldwide and has done two overseas tours and many full US runs. They've been feautred on MTV shows as well as in video games. They sound like a blend of Jimmy Eat World, Sunny Day Real Estate, Blue October and Brand New with a classic rock influence.

Biography

The Junior Varsity is an American alternative rock band from Springfield, Illinois. Formed in 2002 by current guitarist Andy Wildrick, a series of changes since has led to the band's current line-up, which consists of Asa Dawson on bass guitar and vocals, Andy Wildrick on lead guitar, Sergio Coronado on rhythm guitar, Chris Birch on drums, and Nick Dodson on keyboards. Their first full-length, The Great Compromise, was released on British Records in 2003 while the band's members were still in college, and was warmly received by critics.[1] The next year, the band recorded a cover of the song "Raining in Baltimore" for a Counting Crows tribute album, Dead and Dreaming, which was populated by a number of then-up-and-coming independent bands.
After frequent touring in the Chicago area, their energetic live shows led to their signing with a leading Chicago-based independent label, Victory Records, in 2004.[2] Their most recent album, Wide Eyed, produced by Matt Squire, was released in July 2005 on Victory, and the band participated on the Warped Tour in both 2005 and 2006 while touring in support of the album. They have also opened nationally for a number of well-known emo and punk acts, including Straylight Run, The Starting Line, Motion City Soundtrack, TheAUDITION, Bayside, Sullivan, Number One Gun, Aiden, Amber Pacific, and Good Charlotte. Early in 2006, they toured in the UK, supporting The Academy Is... and Panic! at the Disco at sold-out shows; UK rock magazines, including Kerrang! and Rock Sound, reviewed the band's albums favorably [3]. The lead single from Wide Eyed, "Get Comfortable", has received some airplay; the video for "Get Comfortable" was aired on MTV2 in 2006 [4] and was also included on a free video sampler DVD received when purchasing certain albums from Victory Records artists. Victory re-released The Great Compromise in 2006 with additional demo tracks and a DVD bonus disc. Additionally, the band was named SPIN Band of the Day on July 26, 2005. [5] They are currently featured on MVP 06: NCAA Baseball, as well as Amped 3 for Xbox 360.[6]
The Junior Varsity finished recording their third LP at the conclusion of their December 2006 tour with labelmates Bayside. This album, entitled Cinematographic, will be released by Victory Records on June 19, 2007.

Discography

The Great Compromise
Wide Eyed
The Great Compromise CD/DVD Reissue
Cinematographic

Set List

Mad for Medusa
I Went Blind
The Sky
Wunderdrug
The Greatest