Abandon Kansas is an American alternative rock band originating from Wichita, Kansas.
Abandon Kansas formed in 2005 in Wichita, Kansas. The origins of the band's name is a play on the words A band in Kansas. Abandon Kansas released their first EP independently in 2005. It was self-titled and received little recognition. Since then, Abandon Kansas has slowly gained recognition in the Christian music market, achieving recognition by radio vehicles such as RadioU, video vehicles such as TVU, and music review websites such as Jesus Freak Hideout and Indie Vision Music. Gaining attention from local, independent, and few national venues, Abandon Kansas continued releasing records. 3 EPs and 1 full-length album were released from 2006-2009.
Record deal (2009-2010):
In 2009, Abandon Kansas signed with Gotee Records, a diverse record label founded by Christian pop legend, TobyMac. In the months proceeding, Abandon Kansas released one project. Their debut EP on Gotee Records, We're All Going Somewhere, was released on September 8, 2009. It contained no tracks that would be repeated on their proceeding full-length release, Ad Astra per Aspera. The song, "Months and Years," listed as track 5, was placed in regular rotation by RadioU, a national radio vehicle broadcasting from Ohio and California as well as from repeaters across the United States.
Full-length release (2011):
In 2011, Abandon Kansas released a second self-titled EP one month before releasing their debut album on Gotee Records. Abandon Kansas was released on February 8, 2011 and contained four songs (including twoepeats from their 2009 release) and two videos. Ad Astra per Aspera was released on March 8, 2011 and contained two songs from their 2011 EP. Abandon Kansas is currently on tour to promote their full-length release. "Heaven Come My Way," listed as track one, is currently in rotation on RadioU.
National tours (2011-present):
Abandon Kansas performed on the "Mother, May I?" tour with Wavorly and Hyland. In early 2011, they had toured with Swimming with Dolphins, as well as Mike Mains and the Branches and From Indian Lakes on the first leg of the Ad Astra Per Aspera Record Release Tour. On the second leg of the tour, they performed with Showbread (band), Quiet Science, and The Wedding.
Jeremy Spring - lead vocals, guitar,
Nick Patrick - bass,
Brian Scheideman - drums,
Brian Nixon - keys, backing vocals,
Chris Martin - bass,
Brad Regier - drums,
Chet Kueffer - bass,
Michael Whipple - bass,
Brad Foster - Guitar,
Derek Harsch - Keys