American pop punk/alternative rock band from Chicago, IL, USA, formed in 2003. The band's first release was the six track EP "All In Your Head". In early 2005, they signed to the US record label Victory Records and released their debut album, "Controversy Loves Company". In January 2008 they released their second studio album, "Champion". On April 28, 2009 they released their third studio album, "Self-Titled Album". Their fourth full length album, "Great Danger", was released on March 16, 2010. The band released a new EP, "Chapter II" on February 14, 2012, their first new music since leaving Victory Records. Current members: Danny Stevens - lead vocals, guitar, keys (2005–present) Timmy Klepek - rhythm guitar (2005–2009, 2011–present), bass (2009–2011) Ryan O'Connor - drums, percussion (2003–present) Jimmy Lopez - guitar (2011–present) Joe Lussa - bass (2003–2009, 2011–present) Former members: Robert (Bob) Morris - guitar (2003–2005) Evo Soria - vocals (2003–2005) Patrick Fanella (2003–2005) Seth Johnson (2004–2011) Tom Bahri - guitar
Drummer Ryan O'Connor and bassist Joe Lussa formed the core of punk-pop/emo hybridists the Audition in 2003, working with a revolving cast of early members to hone the band's sound and perform the material live. After recording a demo and playing shows with other Chicago-based acts like the Academy Is..., the Audition signed with Victory Records and issued a debut album, Controversy Loves Company, in September 2005. By that point, the band's lineup had shifted to include O'Connor, Lussa, guitarists Seth Johnson and Timmy Klepek, and vocalist Danny Stevens, all of whom hit the road to tour in support of the album. A sophomore effort, Champion, appeared in 2008 and cracked the Billboard 200 at number 157, a sign that the band had begun to attract a national following.Self-Titled Album marked the band's third full-length release in 2009, the same year that founding member Joe Lussa left the lineup. Klepek deciding to handle bass duties in his absence, and the slimmed-down lineup made its debut in 2010 with Great Danger.