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The Unlikely Candidates go 1-on-1 with Unheard Gems

We got to sit down and talk with the guys from The Unlikely Candidates last weekend before their show in LA.


One listen to The Unlikely Candidates, and it’s clear that the Fort Worth, TX alternative rock mavericks create their own scene. One song vaults from stadium anthem into a piano ballad, while the next twists from syncopated singalong into a contemporary grunge-influenced pop song. Hailing from Texas, the boys immediately separated themselves since uniting in high school. Breaking from the typical musical traditions associated with the Lone Star State, they turned up with an alternative style of their own. They challenged the status quo and carved out their own niche in Fort Worth. No matter where they are, they’ve clung to a sound that’s simply The Unlikely Candidates.

Alternative quintet The Unlikely Candidates' track "Novocaine" tops the Alternative Radio Chart, beating out Billie Eilish for the #1 spot. Watch the music video for the hit song, HERE. "Novocaine" skyrocketed in popularity since the release of the music video, which has nearly 20 million views on YouTube. On top of "Novocaine's" radio success, the track was one Vevo's "Most Watched Alternative Video List", featured in the season 4 trailer of HULU's popular TV show Veronica Mars, and on Now That's What I Call Music.

The Unlikely Candidates recently kicked off their headline "The Novocaine Tour", which spans over two months long and hits major markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and more. Along the way, the band will be bringing their high energy live show to massive festivals like Firefly and Bunbury. For more information on upcoming tour dates and to purchase tickets, visit The Unlikely Candidates website HERE.

Flaunting outsider panache and theatrical hooks as oversized as their home state of Texas, The Unlikely Candidates formed at a high school party before going on to release three EP's. 2017's Bed of Liars spawned "Your Love Could Start A War," which clocked over 15 million Worldwide streams and charted in the top 40 at Alternative Radio. Then the quintet kicked off 2018 by releasing a Deluxe Edition of their Danger To Myself EP, which features the single "Oh My Dear Lord". "Oh My Dear Lord" has racked up over 25 million Worldwide streams and due to the track's success, FOX Sports and the MLB both named The Unlikely Candidates as "Artist of the Month". Additionally, the band's music has been featured on shows like Ray Donovan, ABC's American Idol, FOX's The Four, NFL's Super Bowl 2018 playoffs, ESPN's 2018 Indy 500 programming, Fox Sports and more. Along the way, the band has earned acclaim from the likes of The New York Times, Nylon, Esquire and toured with artists like Sublime With Rome, The Offspring, the Dirty Heads and Fall Out Boy.

The Unlikely Candidates is Kyle Morris (vocals), Brent Carney (lead guitar), Cole Male (guitar), Jared Hornbeek (bass) and Kevin Goddard (drums).



By Hannah Schneider