Cartel's earnest brand of rock emerged out of Atlanta in 2004 when vocalist Will Pugh, bassist Ryan Roberts, drummer Kevin Sanders, and guitarists Joseph Pepper and Nic Hudson released The Ransom EP.

The seven song collection quickly caught the ear of the California-based Militia Group, who signed the band and re-released the EP. Cartel then went to work on their debut full-length; Chroma was released in 2005 and cracked into the Billboard Top 200, garnering widespread attention and earning airtime on MTV with the music video for “Honestly”.

Cartel inked a deal with major label Epic in early 2006 and spent the majority of the year touring including earning a spot on the 2006 Vans Warped Tour as well as opening for acts like New Found Glory and the Starting Line.

Cartel’s self-titled sophomore album was released in 2007 and featured lead single “Lose It”. It debuted at number 20 on the Billboard charts, selling nearly 30,000 copies in its first week.

During the year that followed, Cartel made the jump to venerable post-grunge label Wind-Up Records. They soon began working on their third album, Cycles, which was released in 2009. Cartel’s most recent album, Collider, was independently released 2012._________________

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