Plain White T's
The Plain White T's make catchy, commercial punk-pop that befits their beginnings in the basements of suburban Chicago and fits perfectly alongside the Warped Tour juggernauts with whom they rose to fame in the mid '00s. Led by Tom Higgenson, the group has outlasted numerous personnel changes since it started playing club dates in 1999. 2001's self-released Come On Over caught the ears of the Fearless label, which issued their 2002 LP Stop. The band toured hard before 2005's All That We Needed, and eventually settled with a roster of Higgenson, guitarists Dave Tirio and Tim Lopez, bassist Mike Retondo and drummer De'Mar Hamilton. It was the "Hey There Delilah" single that became the band's huge hit, and they wisely issued it on an expanded EP before offering Every Second Counts, their major-label debut.