The Almost's video for "Say This Sooner," lensed by Shane Drake (Panic At the Disco, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus), is a smash hit – it was just added in "Big 10" rotation at MTV and is already in "Elite 8" rotation at MTV2, "Magna Cum Laude" rotation at mtvU, in major rotation on Music Choice and The IMF, and in the Top 10 on FUSE. "Say This Sooner" has ignited at radio also, already climbing to #15 on the alternative chart with 60+ stations adding the track thus far. Praised by Revolver magazine for its "monster power chords and dynamic fireworks," "Say This Sooner" is the lead single from the band's debut album, Southern Weather.

The band has been hailed across the boards as one to watch: The Almost was the subject of an "On the verge" feature in USA Today, is currently a featured band on MTV/MTV2/mtvU's premiere platform, "Discover & Download," and has been selected for both AOL Music's "Breakers" and Yahoo! Music's "Who's Next?" programs. Competitions are currently underway at both websites to determine which band will top the latest round of up-and-coming artists. Fans can vote now at:

Released April 3rd via Virgin/Tooth & Nail, Southern Weather has sold over 72,000 copies since its debut at #29 on the Billboard 200. Heretofore known as the drummer and co-founder of Underoath (whose latest album, Define The Great Line, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 in June 2006), Aaron Gillespie steps out front now with The Almost.

"Gillespie wails on the sort of hard-charging anthems that will probably make Switchfoot seethe with jealousy," noted Spin in a three-and-a-half star review. Alternative Press said: "Although Gillespie's croon is still distinctive, the 11 driving tracks on Southern Weather--on which he played nearly every note--allow him to stretch and sing his heart out alongside gospel choruses ('Amazing, Because It Is') and melodic rock riffs ('Everyone Here Smells Like A Rat') with equal aplomb."

Although Southern Weather was essentially a solo effort, the project has evolved into a full band with Jay Vilardi (guitar), Dusty Redmon (guitar), Alex Aponte (bass) and Kenny Bozich (drums) rounding out the lineup. After wrapping up a successful spring tour with Paramore, a string of shows with Say Anything and a stint at the Bamboozle festival, The Almost will perform on the majority of the Vans Warped Tour this summer (except 6/21, 7/21 and 7/22). Tour dates are as follows:

with Vans Warped Tour
Fri 6/29 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairgrounds
Sun 7/1 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater
Tue 7/3 Vancouver, BC Thunderbird Stadium
Wed 7/4 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest (not a Warped date)
Thu 7/5 Calgary, AB Race City Speedway
Sat 7/7 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fairgrounds
Sun 7/8 Denver, CO Invesco
Wed 7/11 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
Thu 7/12 Las Cruces, NM NMSU Practice Field
Fri 7/13 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sat 7/14 Dallas, TX Smirnoff
Sun 7/15 Houston, TX Reliant Center
Wed 7/18 Atlanta, GA Hi Fi Amphitheater
Thu 7/19 Jacksonville, FL Metropolitan Park
Fri 7/20 Tampa, FL Vinoy Park
Mon 7/23 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Tue 7/24 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Wed 7/25 Washington, DC Merriweather Post Pavilion
Thu 7/26 Scranton, PA Montage Mountain Amp
Fri 7/27 Detroit, MI Comerica Park + Street
Sat 7/28 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amp
Sun 7/29 Minneapolis, MN Metrodome
Tue 7/31 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater
Wed 8/1 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music center
Thu 8/2 Cleveland, OH Tower City Amphitheater
Fri 8/3 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center
Sat 8/4 New York, NY Nassau Coliseum
Sun 8/5 Englishtown, NJ Raceway Park
Tue 8/7 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Wed 8/8 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
Thu 8/9 Boston, MA Tweeter Center Lot
Fri 8/10 Buffalo, NY Darien Lakes Field
Sat 8/11 Toronto, ON Park Place
Sun 8/12 Montreal, ON Park Jean Drapeau
Tue 8/14 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Wed 8/15 Kansas City, KS Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Fri 8/17 Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheater
Sat 8/18 Seattle, WA Gorge
Sun 8/19 Portland, OR Columbia Meadows
Wed 8/22 Fresno, CA Selland Arena
Thu 8/23 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheater Lot
Fri 8/24 San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheater Lot
Sat 8/25 Los Angeles, CA Home Depot Center