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Rocker Finds Fresh Love In New Project

Of the Oakland Press

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Two years ago, Dan Keyes decided he didn’t want to rock anymore — at least not the way he was rocking with his punky Austin, Texasbased band, Recover.

So Keyes changed locales (to New York City), adopted a new musical moniker (Young Love) and started making music that still rocked but with more of a dance fl oor sensibility, as evidenced by Young Love’s debut album, “Too Young to Fight It,” its infectious fi rst single, “Discotech,” and the track “Find a New Way,” which is the theme song for the Jennifer Lopez reality show “Dance Life.”

“What I was doing wasn’t working for me anymore,” explains Keyes, 25, who was named a Best Bet of 2007 by Billboard magazine. “With punk and indie rock and all that stuff, I feel like it’s kind of selfish. You’re writing for yourself.

“I don’t want to do that anymore. Some of these Young Love songs, they’re not about me. I just want to be able to write songs to help people have fun and jump around and dance. I wanted to write music for all of us.”

Keyes wasn’t quite as methodical about choosing a name for his new project, however.

“I was touring around with (Recover) and was flipping through some magazines, and all the names of bands were so ridiculous,” he recalls. “It was like just a bunch of words thrown together, stuff that didn’t make sense. I was thinking, ‘Man, none of this means anything to me.’ I wanted something that really meant a lot to me and everyone.

“And Young Love just popped into my head. It’s not like hearts and unicorns and rainbows and stuff like that. But when you hear the band name and you hear the music, I feel like it makes you understand what it’s all about. It’s very positive, even though my record’s way darker than the name might indicate.”

Young Love, Moros Eros and Which Way is Home perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 24th) at the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $8. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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