The White Tie Affair Visit Wal-Mart Soundcheck

The White Tie Affair interviewed on Wal-Mart Soundcheck

Chicago’s hit group The White Tie Affair sat down with Wal-Mart Soundcheck for an interview. Guitarist Sean Patwell, vocalist Chris Wallace, drummer Tim McLaughlin and keyboardist Ryan McLain discussed the evolution of the band, the source of inspiration, and how the guys are making the best of every situation no matter how big the crowd is, no matter what it takes.

“When we first started, we kind of wanted this band to be about the music and stuff,” Chris said. “Sean and I were in a more rock based band before this, and these guys were in a rock band locally, and we just kinda wanted to do something a little bit different. So we put up a MySpace and a couple other like PureVolume sites and YouTube and we didn’t put up any pictures or anything like that. You know, we’re just gonna try something completely different and see what happens. Just make it about the music, about the songs. From that it kind of went viral a little bit. People freaked out going who are these people. They thought they were another band members and stuff like that. It was really just us. We’ve always been here but we changed our name.”

Check out the interview video at soundcheck.walmart.com.

The White Tie Affair Hit The Road Again

The White Tie Affair

The White Tie Affair updated fans on their blog at MySpace (@thewhitetieaffair) on Wednesday (January 21). The Chicago pop rock group tell readers:

So here we are back on the road again, or home as we have been calling it for the last few years. It’s only the first month of the new year and so many great things have already been happening, including some of our first headlining shows, thank you all so much for coming out. We are currently on the road with Secondhand Serenade so make sure you check out the dates, and make sure you get your Lady Gaga tickets now!! They are selling out as we speak.

We leave you now with a short video below saying thank you!!!!!

The White Tie Affair Survive Van Accident

The White Tie Affair band

Chris Wallace of The White Tie Affair checked in with fans on the Chicago pop group’s blog at MySpace on Wednesday (December 31), after the group’s van had been involved in a scary accident earlier today. The frontman tells readers:

It was like 3 am and Ryan C was driving us home from an amazing show in Metamora, IL. Ryan, Pergo (our tour manager), and I had just dropped the rest of the band and were a few minutes from home when the van and trailer started sliding sideways. I was actually sleeping in the back, but I guess we were on an icy bridge. The van and trailer spun 360 deg hitting a wall on the highway. Breaking out a side/rear window and smashing in the whole front and side of the van and trailer. I was awaken by shattered glass in my face and my whole body being thrown against the seat in front of me. Luckily Ryan had slowed down to about 30 mph when the van hit the wall. When the van finally stopped we were in the middle of 2 lanes of the icy highway. I instantly got up and looked out the broken window only to see a semi driving right towards us. It was seriously one of the scariest moments of my life (I may or may not have screamed like a little girl). Luckily the truck slammed on its brakes and didn’t slide into us. Ryan got off the road a few seconds later. The van is really messed up, but it still drove, and one of the headlights worked. So even though we were shaken up, we decided to drive home. I drove the rest of the way home at about 10 miles and hour. All of the wheels were wobbling and making strange sounds the entire time, I was convinced one of them would fall off haha, but we made it home!!

I’m soooo glad someone was watching over us, and that none of us were hurt or injured. Although, I do have a pretty big bruise on my left arm… This is the first accident I have ever been in, so I’m definitely a little scared of touring this winter, but nothing is going to stop us from doing what we love! We’ll just have to be very careful

The entire story at MySpace has since been removed.

Happy Holidays From The White Tie Affair

The White Tie Affair vocalist Chris Wallace offered a happy holidays video message for fans on the Chicago pop rock group’s YouTube channel. Wallace, sitting in front of a Christmas tree, was joined by his sister Angela, telling viewers the band members are home for the holidays, but they’ll return to touring in January and February with Secondhand Serenade. He then performed a bit of Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’. Watch it below.

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