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CARTEL Releases First New Music in 9 Years!

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If you grew up in the early 2000's then you've come across the band Cartel in some point in time. The band emerged in 2004 at the height of the 2000's pop-punk explosion when vocalist Will Pugh, bassist Ryan Roberts, drummer Kevin Sanders, and guitarists Joseph Pepper and Nic Hudson released The Ransom EP. Soon after the band signed a deal with major label EPIC and the rest is history, having gone on ventures such as the likes of the Vans Warped Tour and went on to tour with fellow pop-punk nostalgic aficionados like New Found Glory and The Starting Line.

After a near-decade hiatus with new music, Cartel are back. The pop-punk rock band recently returned with “17”, the band’s first new single in nine years. “17” is a bright yet wistful track that regrets the loss of the way things used to be, while recognizing that living in the past can cost the present.trailer. We can only hope that "17" is the first of many new songs to come from Cartel in the near future. In celebration of the new single, the band has announced a limited edition merch drop. The new shirts will be available at

For now, the band has no plans in slowing down with a return to the road this summer on select dates of the Hello Gone Days Tour with Dashboard Confessional and Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness. Fans can look forward to hearing the new single live starting August 16th in Pittsburgh, with stops to follow in Baltimore, Charlotte, Atlanta, Austin, and more. For a full list of dates, please see below or visit

Check out Cartel's latest single 17, as well as tour dates below!!!


Upcoming Tour Dates:

Aug 16 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

Aug 17 - Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion

Aug 19 - Doswell, VA @ The Meadow Event Park

Aug 20 - Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

Aug 21 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle

Aug 24 - Austin, TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater

Aug 25 - Houston, TX @ The Rustic Headline Show

Aug 26 - Dallas, TX @ Southside Ballroom

Aug 27 - Tulsa, OK @ Tulsa Theater


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