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Interview:
The Upbeat: Saturday Night Shakedown
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Name: Saturday Night Shakedown Formed: May 2008 in Goodrich.

Sound: Punk-flavored power pop Members: Mike Reed, 18, vocals and guitar; Josh Mondro, 22, vocal;

Justen Snow, 20, drums; John Estupigan, 18, bass and vocals.

Influences: Blink-182, Simple Plan, All Time Low, Good Charlotte

Day Jobs: Mondro assists mentally disabled patients and also works at a Kentucky Fried Chicken. Snow works for Home Depot. Estupigan works at an A&W, and Reed is a full-time musician.

What’s in a name? Reed’s original name for the band was Friday Night Dance Party, but he and a friend subsequently came up with Saturday Night Shakedown. “It flows off the tongue a little better,” the guitarist notes.

The Future’s So Bright ... Barely a year in, Reed says he and his bandmates “don’t plan on stopping. We just want to keep going.” That includes a 33-date national tour this summer. “Our goal is not to become the biggest band in the world,” he says, “but we want to touch people in a way they’ve never been touched, really.”

Hear ‘Em: SNS has just released its first independent released EP, “Better Than Hollywood,” which was produced by Rob Freeman (Cobra Starship, Armor For Sleep, Hit The Lights).

See ‘Em: SNS celebrates the release of the EP tonight at the Eagle Theater, 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Forever In a Day, Atavan, Callahan, the Threat, Radio Pirate DJ and Storms In May will also perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot. com.

Surf ‘Em: www.myspace.com/saturdaynightshakedown

Web Site: www.myspace.com/saturdaynightshakedown

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