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Interview:
Honor Society Stays Young -- And Young At Heart
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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While Honor Society trades heavily on a teen following — a natural fit when you record for the Jonas Brothers’ record label — its members are anything but. In fact, frontman Michael Bruno turned 30 last summer.

But don’t think for a minute that it bothers him.

“It’s no different than being 20, really,” says Bruno, who co-founded the now Los Angeles-based band five years ago in New York and New Jersey. “In a lot of ways, I feel better, physically, now probably than I did when I was 20.

“I have a pretty positive outlook on things. I just happen to be doing what I love and feel great about it. I celebrated (the birthday) over the summer; we were in Phoenix on a world tour (with the Jonas Brothers), playing an arena that night. There’s not much to complain about, you know.”

Except, perhaps, for the showing of the quartet’s first full-length album, “Fashionably Late,” which came out in September but has not exactly set the world on fire despite a succession of singles including “Over You,” “Two Rebels” and “Here Comes Trouble.” But Bruno and his bandmates — including former Jonas drummer Alexander Noyes — prefer to keep that same positive outlook on their career and plan to keep touring hard and bringing more fans to the party on every visit.

“I still don’t feel like the record has gotten the sort of mass attention we hope it will, and I still think it can,” Bruno says. “We believe in the song and the record that we made. It came from the heart and we think there’s still life in it.

“There have been a lot of accomplishments along the way. It’s not easy for a band that comes out of nowhere to have a Top 20 debut (No. 18 on the Billboard 200) with a first record. We’ve done a lot of amazing things, played some incredible places ... And to be able to have a fan base you can go cross country with is a real blessing, something not every band can do. So from that standpoint, we feel great.”



Honor Society, Just Kait and Ashlyne Huff perform Sunday, April 11, at the Eagle Theater, 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com. Honor Society will also sing the national anthem at the Detroit Tigers game at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Comerica Park.



Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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