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Pop-electronica band 'The White Tie Affair' to perform

RELEASED: April 9, 2010

The White Tie Affair
The White Tie Affair

EAU CLAIRE — Chicago pop-electronica band The White Tie Affair will appear in concert May 7 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the show in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

Public ticket sales begin April 19, with a special advance sale April 15-18 for UW-Eau Claire students only.

"In a world full of brooding and scowling artists, The White Tie Affair wants you to know that fun isn't a four-letter word," wrote The Chicago Sun-Times.

"We're the guilty pleasure band," says frontman Chris Wallace. "Lots of bands are ashamed of that catchy pop sound, but we wanted to bring that out and bring it to life."

Members of the band are Chris Wallace (vocals), Ryan McClain (keyboards, guitar), Tim McLaughlin (drums) and Sean Patwell (guitar, programming). The group came together in the summer of 2006 when Wallace and Patwell came up with idea of integrating more pop-based music into the rock they were playing. In the fall they posted the first song they wrote — "Allow Me to Introduce Myself ... Mr. Right" — on the MySpace page for their new band. Epic Records signed The White Tie Affair in 2007 on the strength of that one song.

Their debut CD, "Walk This Way," was released in April 2008. The White Tie Affair was featured in a September episode of the MTV series "The Hills" and performed two singles as part of the story. The group also forged a partnership with Playboy Enterprises that year — playing the Playboy Pajama Party, headlining Playboy's College Tour and being featured in a fashion layout in the November 2008 issue of Playboy Magazine.

The band spent most of 2009 on the road — opening for Lady Gaga's North American tour in the spring and spending the summer and fall with the Vans Warped Tour and the MTV Video Music Awards tour. The band's single "Candle (Sick and Tired)" was featured on MTV's "The City" and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club play chart and No. 57 on the Billboard Hot 100. The New York Post named Wallace's acoustic cover of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" one of the top songs of 2009.

"The young foursome from Chicago has a polished, catchy sound in the dance-pop vein of peers Quietdrive and The Maine, but with some electronic styling," wrote the Phoenix New Times. "And though the band members' good looks make the girls go wild, the band's live performances are sweaty affairs that get the whole crowd dancing."

"It's not that we try to go for a different sound," Patwell has said. "But it just comes out a lot edgier live. A lot of people have actually commented on that point to us. The stuff on the record, it's very pop and it's very dancy, and it still comes across that way. But also, some of the songs come across with a lot more edgy, a lot more rock 'n' roll. It has a lot to do with just the energy that we put into it."

Tickets are $10 ($7 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID card) at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center. The Service Center is open from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends.

Patrons also may charge their tickets to MasterCard, Visa or Discover when ordering by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The concert is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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JS/DW

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