Sullivan formed in the summer of 2002 when friends Zach Harward and Brooks Paschal began writing music with guitars and a drum machine on the floor in Zach’s room. After the decision to form into a fully functioning band and numerous shows and rotating members later, Sullivan decided to take the next step in the life of a band: touring.
The band released an ep, purchased a van, and recruited Phil Chamberlain as their permanent drummer in 2003. Sullivan toured the U.S. for 5 weeks, including a week with Underoath, and two southeast runs in 2004. The band took to the road and have not looked back. "Zach and I started Sullivan three years ago to prove a point. We really do care about the kids," adds Paschal, hinting at a deeper connection with fans. "It's more than music. I have sat down and talked to dudes for an hour about their lives. That is what it is about for us. I would hate for these kids to look up to someone and then be disappointed by what kind of person they are. We are blessed to be doing this, and there is no reason I can't take five minutes to talk to every person in the club."
The band opened up the new year with the addition of guitarist Tyson Shipman to complete their sound and propel the band in the direction they wanted to go. The touring, work ethic, and new sound as a 4 piece attracted the attention of Tooth and Nail Records who signed the band and have slated a fall 2005 release for their debut full length.
Sullivan is set to start recording their full length on May 22 in Atlanta, Ga. and will be produced by Matt Goldman (Copeland) and mixed by Mike Watts (Brand New, Hopesfall). Reflecting the band's growth in music and as individuals, the album will consist of a more developed sound with more realized lyrics and instrumentals. "I think the songs overall hit harder and are just better than our older material," describes Chamberlain.
Once the album is finished, Sullivan will be hitting the road again, doing what they love best, making an impact on kids nationwide. "We work hard to make sure they are enjoying the show as much as we are,” Chamberlain explains of their thrive to make every show intimate for all in attendance. "We like to talk to kids before, during, and after the show in an effort to achieve an overall great experience.”