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Success Is Cuter Than What Band Aimed For

Of the Oakland Press

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Guitarist Jeff Czum had modest aspirations when he and singer Shaant Hacikyan formed Cute Is What We Aim For two years ago in Buffalo as a side project to their then-current group, Cherry Bing.

“We never thought it was going to be serious,” confesses Czum, 19. “I just wanted to be a local band, just playing the scene in Buffalo. This is my dream, but I never thought it could happen.”

CIWWAF’s 2006 debut, “The Same Old Blood Rush With a New Touch,” sold 13,651 copies in its first week of release, breaking a record set by Fueled By Ramen labelmates Panic! At the Disco. The momentum — propelled by the singles “There’s a Class for This” and “The Curse of Curves” — led to a major label deal with Atlantic Records, which is promoting “Blood Rush” and will release the quartet’s second album, which Czum and company will start recording towards the end of the year.

“I don’t really feel a big difference yet, but who knows what’s to come,” Czum says. “I know Atlantic gives us a bigger push at radio. But overall things are going great for us so far, and only good things are going to happen in the future, I think.”

Cute Is What We Aim For, Circa Survive, As Tall as Lions and Envy on the Coast perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (April 7th) at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $14. Call (313) 963-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

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