The Twelfth Chapter
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The Twelfth Chapter

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Rock-pop group The Twelfth Chapter (vocalist/guitarist Evan Mathews, his sister and bassist/vocalist Kelby Mathews, guitarist Randy VanWingerden and drummer Jon Stephens) hasn't been around all that long but is already booking Tallahassee venues like crazy.

Founded a little over a year and a half ago, the band said it's been influenced by Jimmy Eat World, Death Cab For Cutie and The Get Up Kids.

It's shared stages with Augustana, Vega 4, Voxtrot, Band Marino, Cool Hand Luke and Deas Vail, among others, and last year it recorded "Leave It All Behind" at Earthsound Recording (Mayday Parade, From First to Last, Go Radio) in Valdosta, Ga.

Twelfth Chapter headlines FSU's Rez Fest on Saturday, which goes from noon until sunset and serves as the official re-opening of the reservation after spring break. Bands Traveling North, Edens Fill and That 30/60 also will perform.

It's free for FSU students with valid IDs or $5 for general admission. For more info, call 644-6892 or visit

If you could open for any band, which one would it be?

EM: Jimmy Eat World.

RV: The Foo Fighters.

JS: Emery.

How'd you come up with your band name?

EM : The "twelfth" part comes from the 12th chapter of Romans in the Bible. That's one of my favorite chapters to read.

If you could perform anywhere, where would it be?

EM: We would love to play live on ("Late Night with Conan O'Brien").

A billionaire offers you a lifetime supply of the beverage of your choice. What do you choose?

EM: Sweet tea.

RV: Milk.

JS: Fiji water.

KM: Simply Orange.

Where was your first gig?

EM: Wildwoodstock 2006, a Christian music festival at Wildwood Presbyterian.

What was the last thing you purchased?

EM : A new bass speaker cabinet.

RV: Sundried Tomato & Basil Wheat Thins.

JS: New tires.

KM: Pantene Pro-V shampoo.

Whom do you consider to be your musical inspiration(s)?

EM: Jimmy Eat World, The Foo Fighters.

RV: Captain Geech & The Shrimp Shack Shooters.

JS: Nathan Lee.

KM: Paramore.

Someone appears out of nowhere with a time-traveling phone booth. You can go anywhere in the past. To when would you go?

RV: To the wrestling match where Hulk Hogan body-slammed Andre the Giant.

JS: To the Old West frontier.

KM: To the '80s to dance.

Does the band have any weird traditions or rehearsal stories?

EM: Before every show, to get pumped up, we do "Sweatin' to the Oldies" by Richard Simmons.

What's your favorite Tallahassee venue to play?

EM: The Beta Bar, The Thunderdome.
- The Tallahassee Democrat


Leave It All Behind EP – October 2007

1. Tallahassee Song
2. Escape
3. Early Spring
4. Good Enough
5. My Dove

"Tallahassee Song" currently being played on:

- Tallahassee's Rock Station X101.5's local show
- Tallahassee's GULF 104.1
- Tallahassee's WVFS 89.7 Hootenanny Show
- Valdosta GA's ROCK 108
- Brooksville FL's Fire Escape Online Radio (



Forming in October of 2006, The Twelfth Chapter began rocking Tallahassee FL and the surrounding cities with a rock/pop sound and an emotionally driven vocal style. With influences such as Jimmy Eat World, The Foo Fighters, and The Get Up Kids, they began to write and form an exciting set list of songs. Five of these songs would be chosen to be recorded on The Twelfth Chapter’s first official release, Leave It All Behind at Earthsound Recording (Mayday Parade, From First to Last, Go Radio) in Valdosta GA in July of 2007. They have also had the privilege of playing on stage with other bands such as Augustana, Vega 4, Voxtrot, Band Marino, Cool Hand Luke, Go Radio, and Deas Vail. Fueled with a passion for music and an energy to entertain, they will continue rocking. Keep a look out!

Bands we've shared the stage with:

- Augustana
- Vega4
- Mayday Parade
- My American Heart
- Go Radio
- Voxtrot
- Band Marino
- The Dark Romantics
- Look Mexico
- Cool Hand Luke
- Deas Vail
- Last Year Portrait

Venues/Clubs that we've played:

- The Beta Bar (Tallahassee FL)
- Bullwinkle's Saloon (Tallahassee FL)
- The FSU Reservation (Tallahassee FL)
- The Warehouse (Tallahassee FL)
- WT Neal Civic Center (Blountstown FL)
- The Harbor (Panama City FL)
- Murray Hill Theatre (Jacksonville FL)