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The Upbeat: Seasons Of Eden

of the Oakland Press

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Formed: Fall of 2009 in Walled Lake

Sound: Modern hard rock

Members: Michael Hughes — vocals (Redford); Cmak Ashtiani — guitar (Mount Clemens); Derek Cooke — guitar (Westland); The Wolf Himself — bass (Walled Lake); Jay Thomas — drums (Mount Clemens).

Influences: Though the quintet shares common likes such as Breaking Benjamin, Tool and 30 Seconds to Mars, Hughes says it draws from “everything, honestly. Everybody in the band has eclectic tastes. Everyone comes from different walks of life. That’s kind of what makes the band what it is.”

Day Jobs: Hughes works at Ford’s Dearborn truck plant. Ashtiani is a guitar teacher. Cooke works for S&A Collision in Wayne. The Wolf Himself is a titanium fabricator, and Thomas is a student.

What’s In a Name? Hughes says the biblical Season of Eden inspired his group’s moniker. “I was looking for something that meant more than you might see at first glance. The idea is there was no season of Eden; it was a perfect world, but that wasn’t good enough. There was the temptation, and then the fall of mankind.”

Present/Past: Season of Eden’s members are well-seasoned from tenures with other local groups, including Clear, MindCandy, Downtown Brown and the Flask. “It was just different projects that didn’t work out,” Hughes says. We’ve known each other a long time and just put this (band) together. We’ve always said we’re a Michigan-based band. Our songs aren’t about surfing and missing the party in the Valley; they’re real songs about the hardships that are actually in Michigan. Michigan people know what hardships are about and what it’s like to be let down — that makes everybody stronger, I think.”

Hear ’em: Seasons of Eden is about to release its self-titled first album.

See ’em: The group will celebrate the release of “Seasons of Eden” on Saturday (Feb. 27) at The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Downtown Brown is also on the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Surf ’em: www.myspace.com/seasonsofedenband

Web Site: www.myspace.com/seasonsofedenband

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