Cincinnati, OH-based PUBLIC is a pop/rock trio (RIYL: Neon Trees, Maroon 5, Walk The Moon) of young men that have a track record of breaking down barriers and show no signs of slowing down any time soon.
The band was discovered in February 2011 – literally at a battle of the bands – by Brian Penick of The Counter Rhythm Group, an artist development company that has worked with national artists like Walk The Moon. "I knew from the first thirty seconds of their opening song that something was there, and by the end of the first song ("Red") I knew that it could be big," recalls Penick. The sold out crowd of 500+ seemed to agree, as the band won the competition.
PUBLIC immediately took to the studio to record Red, their debut EP, with engineer Eric Tuffendsam (The Wonder Years, Mixtapes). Regional acclaim combined with strong sales and radio airplay propelled the band to supporting national acts at practically every show, ranging from Twenty One Pilots to Civil Twilight, in addition to appearances at festivals like Bunbury and the Midpoint Music Festival. PUBLIC's fans consistently packed shows, screaming lyrics and lining up for photos/autographs until well past show curfews. With praise from local and regional press, PUBLIC now had an entire community of support.
The next year led to even larger strides for the band, including appearances at festivals like CMJ, SXSW, CMW and more, in addition to supporting acts like Walk The Moon and Neon Trees. Shows began to grow as they moved into larger rooms and local press labeled PUBLIC as the next act to break into the national scene. With the stream-only release of the band's next four singles, the music industry soon caught on, opening up conversations with managers, booking agents and labels for their next release. PUBLIC's hard work and fan support had put them in the perfect position.
After national presence through touring, festivals, major licensing placements, several successful EPs, and an extremely dedicated core fan base (known as the “dot tribe” for fans placing the signature “•” around their social handles), PUBLIC show no signs of slowing down any time soon. With a history built on community support, the band hopes to give back all that they can to their fans. PUBLIC's journey will be nothing short of amazing, and they want to share the experience with you.