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up with another self-released work of "Stop" in November 2001. By this time, their fan base in the Midwest had already grown large which subsequently enabled them to perform as the opening act for notable music groups like Sum 41, Jimmy Eat World, plus Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, to name few. Also making a number of sold out shows of their own gigs at some Chicago's prestigious venues during the period, it really did not take long for the band to draw attention from the music industry, particularly Fearless Records that later not only signed them in, but also re-released "Stop" on August 20, 2002 to the mainstream market.
Despite this satisfying progress, however, the troupe sadly had to witness the departure of both Fletcher and Mast as they toured heavily in support of the album, but everything fortunately went back to the track when the remaining members managed to construct a new lineup as a quintet instead. Coming to replace Fletcher and Mast were Mike Retondo and Tim Lopez, respectively, with Higgenson concluding to handle vocal only and Tirio switching to guitar while the drummer's seat was given to a guy named De'Mar Hamilton. "This line-up clicks on so many levels," Higgenson happily commented. "It finally feels right. It finally feels like we're a band."
Under this formation, Plain White T's confidently issued their next studio effort "All That We Needed" on January 25, 2005. The record resulted considerably great as it amazingly strived to peak on the 26th rank of Billboard's Top Heatseekers also the 31st of Top Indie Albums, but it was the album's single of "Hey There Delilah" that really introduced them to a new demographic and cemented their status as potential hit-maker. "We knew '...Delilah' was going to be something people would like," said Higgenson. "And it's turned out to be our biggest song yet." Following this, a third LP titled "Every Second Counts" was then released on September 12, 2006 with track "Hate (I Really Don't Like You)" becoming its first single launched.
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