HONOR SOCIETY with ACTION ITEM and KATELYN TARVER at the Pike Room

TUESDAY JUNE 21, 2011
doors at 6pm
tickets: $15 (buy tickets)

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High school friends, Michael Bruno and Jason Rosen, had spent time during their years in Rockland County, New York playing in various bands but had always spoke of forming a group of their own - one that would reflect their musical influences that ranged from Stevie Wonder to Prince to Kanye West. After graduating from college, Michael (NYU School Of Music) and Jason (Berklee College Of Music) connected with Andrew Lee and Alexander Noyes (who had formerly played drums for the Jonas Brothers). Andrew and Alexander would introduce rock music and similar influences to the group that would lead to a signature Honor Society sound.

The band would spend the next year touring the New York and New Jersey areas playing at local bars, clubs and even house parties in order to build a solid fan base. Word about the band's music and live performances eventually caught the attention of the Jonas Brothers. After attending one of Honor Society's shows, the two groups met and formed an instant creative connection. The band immediately began recording songs for Fashionably Late with producer John Fields (Switchfoot, Jimmy Eat World) and the Jonas Brothers. In between their studio sessions, Honor Society hit the road with the Jonas Brothers as they launched their world tour in North America. For a band that had played house parties months earlier, it was practically a shock to their system. "It was seriously unbelievable!" reflects Michael Bruno. "We had built a respectable fan base on MySpace and a lot of them were from outside the United States. But to walk out to the arena with 50,000 people, start playing our music and have all those people singing the words you wrote...you can't describe that feeling."

Honor Society was focused on completing their album and returned to Los Angeles to lay down several more tracks including the funky, 80's inspired rocker, "Over You"-- the first single from Fashionably Late and a song that would lend itself to their energetic live shows. The band premiered the song on Arthur Ashe Kids Day on CBS and even performed the single to a frenetic 5,000 fans in Toronto, ON on MuchMusic's Live @ Much program. The single has been already been added to XM Satellite Radio's KISS FM Channel and was recently featured on both Z100 in New York City and People.com. Other tracks, including songs written and produced by Honor Society, would get a new life in the studio sessions such as "Don't Close The Book."Alex Noyes recalls that "[Don't Close the Book] was one of the last songs we wrote before we left the East Coast. It was really a simple song but so layered with meaning for our fans, families, and friends back home."With each show fan respond grew and it became clear that the ballad was to be among the most popular of their songs.

With 12 songs completed including youthful anthems like "Sing For You,"the wildly popular song, "See U In The Dark"and the dancefloor jam, "Nobody Has To Know," Fashionably Late would become the project that truly represented what Honor Society was all about. The band began to put the final touches on the album and set out on tour to introduce their sound to the masses. While simultaneously opening for the Jonas shows, the band would also headline their own club tour called The Full Moon Crazy Tour.

With a new tour (Wherever You Are Tour) about to kick off and even more appearances lined up, Honor Society has become one of the hardest working bands in the business and they have no intention of stopping anytime soon. "It's hard to believe that a few years ago, we were in New Jersey playing at local bars and clubs to anyone who would listen," says Bruno. "To have been able to finish our first album and create something that we believe is a true representation of where we have been and what we have become is beyond cool. We couldn't have done any of this without our fans believing in us from day one."

 

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