No matter what the ultimate fate of Milo Greene's self-titled debut album is, the group's Marlana Sheetz can always take comfort in one thing.
"It's nice to know my parents like it. That always helps," says Sheetz, 23, the youngest member of the self-described "cinematic pop" quintet from Los Angeles, whose debut album came out in July and hit No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.
Sheetz assures that her parents "like cool things. Their record collection when I was growing up was kind of all over the place. Nobody in the family played music, but I was a big ham, I think. I watched a lot of singalong tapes; we had, like, a million of them and every Disney movie. I was singing all the time. They couldn't get me to shut up."
In Milo Greene Sheetz found kindred spirits, including three other lead singers that make the band's harmonies stand out in nearly every one of its songs. The group members were working on their own projects when they came together in 2010, and they took the band name from a fictitious booking agent -- who was said to be British, albino and a sharp dresser.
"Using that fictitious name helped us look more professional," Sheetz recalls. "You'd be surprised how much something like that actually matters when you're trying to book coffee shop gigs. You have to have somebody with some credibility to help you move forward, and we were able to turn this guy that didn't exist into that person.
"I'm sure if we would have kept using it, at some point somebody would've done some research and found out that person wasn't real. Fortunately we got to this level before anyone figured it out."
Milo Green performs with Stars and Said The Whale on Friday, March 22, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave, Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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