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Interview:
Brother And Band Happy To Open For Miley Cyrus
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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The idea of going on tour with your younger sister may repulse some hip-minded rockers — especially if lil’ sis is actually the headliner.

But Metro Station’s Trace Cyrus says he and his bandmates are totally into being on the road with Miley Cyrus for her current world tour.

“I couldn’t be more excited,” claims the singer and guitarist, whose liberally tattooed torso seems a far cry from Miley’s shiny Disney image. But put appearances aside, and it’s all about family, he says.

“Honestly, I’ve been away from home for so long I haven’t really gotten to see my family for the past two years. I’m gone on the road more than my dad (adoptive father Billy Ray Cyrus), more than my sister ...

“So the fact I’m gonna get to spend that much time with my family and my band, I couldn’t be in a happier position. It’s my dream come true; I’m gonna have everyone I love out on the road with me. It’s gonna be great.”

The Disney world has been good to Metro Station, of course. For starters, it put together Cyrus and bandmate Mason Musso, older brother of Miley’s “Hannah Montana” co-star Mitchel Musso, when their mothers introduced them on the show’s set. The two discovered a shared fascination with electronic music, while keyboardist Blake Healy brought in ’80s influences such as New Order, Depeche Mode and OMD that took the fledgling Metro Station in a different direction.

“We just added a more dancey, upbeat vibe to it, and we found the Metro Station sound,” explains Cyrus, 20, who briefly dated another Disney star, Demi Lovato. “We love all different types of music, but this is the type of music we’ll always create, I think.”

Metro Station topped the MySpace Music Unsigned Bands chart with its song “Seventeen Forever,” leading to a deal for the quartet’s self-titled debut album. Released in September 2007, it struggled until mid-2008, when the song “Shake It” was released as a single and hit No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also peaked high on the pop and dance charts — while, not coincidentally, “Hannah Montana” and Miley mania was reaching its own crescendo.

Cyrus, however, says he doesn’t care why people are coming to see his band — as long as they get there.

“Honestly, we’re just trying to be the biggest band in the world,” he says. “The only reason we’re making this music is to get our music out to as many listeners as possible. There’s a lot of bands we know who are so worried about being cool and being hip and saying they don’t want to sell out and be on radio and all that. Not us.

“We feel like our music needs to be heard by as many people as possible. We just want to change people’s lives. That’s why we’re doing this.”

He does promise that Metro Station will “try to be child-friendly” on what he calls “the Miley tour.” And the group may also have some new music to play for those fans. Metro Station, according to Cyrus, has “well over 20 tracks” written for its next album and plans to hit the studio after the tour ends in December with a new release in early 2010.

“We’ve definitely matured,” he says of the new songs. “I would just say it’s Metro Station, a little more electronic and a little more mature, but the same big pop songs that could be played on the radio.”

The group is not yet sure who will produce the album. Cyrus says it would like to continue working the team of S*A*M & Sluggo, who were part of “Metro Station,” but also would “definitely love to experiment with some new producers, too. We’re just trying to make sure the second record’s gonna be perfect ... and keep the momentum we have going strong.”



Miley Cyrus and Metro Station perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 6) at the Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $42.50, $62.50 and $82.50. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.



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