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Warped Tour, Alice Cooper Help New Band TAT Build Its Audience

Of the Oakland Press

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When Tatiana DeMaria was a teenager in London, she “wanted to be an astrophysicist.” Seriously.

“I know that sounds really stupid, but I did,” says the 23-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist, whose band, TAT, releases its first international album on Oct. 28. “I was studying the physics and the math for it.”

But, she found, there also was “this passion that was music in the back of my mind,” which took her off the scientific track.

“I wasn’t the best student at school,” acknowledges DeMaria, whose darkhaired appearance and confident attitude have engendered comparisons to Joan Jett, though she cites the Clash, Rancid, Green Day and Dover as her primary influences.

“I was promoting nightclubs at the same time to make money to buy myself studio gear for home or a guitar or something. I wasn’t going to study; I started writing songs and it became what I did for so long that there were so many I didn’t know what to do with them.”

Thirteen will appear on TAT’s first album, and the trio has been exposing North American audiences to them already this year, first on the Vans Warped Tour and then during a hand-picked opening stint with Alice Cooper, whose manager, Toby Mamis, saw TAT at a Warped date.

“That was amazing,” DeMaria says. “We were thrilled and blown away by the offer. And their team was phenomenal — their techs, Alice Cooper’s entire family, Alice himself. They were really nice to us and treated us so well. They had chosen us to be there, so the atmosphere was wonderful, not, ‘Who are you?’ but more like, ‘Hi, we’re happy to have you. Let’s have some fun.’”

TAT performs with Lagwagon, MXPX and Only Crime at 6 p.m. Friday (Sept. 19) at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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