40 Watt Club
285 W Washington
Athens, GA 30601
7:00 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2013
Supporting Acts: Simple as Surgery, Junior Doctor, Una Jensen, Amanda Tarver Honor Society
It's a few hours before doors open at Irving Plaza in New York City. A line wraps around the city block. A site that draws the investigative eyes of even the most veteran New Yorkers. The marquee reads: HONOR SOCIETY. The name seems familiar, yet enigmatic, and while both Rolling Stone and MTV have already weighed-in to validate the rock outfit, the band is still not yet the household name they are destined to become. Honor Society's highly anticipated new EP, Serendipity, only further points towards this inevitability. Serendipity is clearly an evolutionary step forward, showcasing the band's most personal material to date and cracked the Top 10 on the iTunes Rock charts as an independent release (Fair Isle/Go Entertainment) in its first week. At the helm of the latest offering, is multi-Grammy award winning producer Mike Mangini, who has lauded this effort as, "a mature rock sound... ready for the masses". The first single "Serendipity" is set to head to radio this fall while the band resumes touring on the west coast before heading home to NYC to celebrate the release of the EP. Fueled by a mutual interest in the pop music of the 80's, Honor Society began when singer/guitarist Michael Bruno reconnected with his high school friend, keyboardist/guitarist Jason Rosen, after graduating NYU. The two immersed themselves into the project, placing a premium on song writing and musicianship. The additions of bassist, Andrew Lee Schmidt, and drummer, Alexander Noyes, only reinforced their vision and the band quickly garnered attention - landing them a deal with Hollywood Records. Their major label debut, Fashionably Late, exploded to #18 on the Billboard Top 200 and the music world took note. Rolling Stone named them a breakout band. MTV Buzzworthy dubbed the band "One to Watch". The buzz was palpable and Honor Society spent the remainder of that year and the next on tour with the likes of Timbaland, Jonas Brothers, Jordin Sparks, The Fray and Neon Trees. Now, the next chapter sits on the horizon and Honor Society holds all the cards: A new EP, with arena- ready anthems, a charged live show to match, and a sharper focus on what made the band so special in the first place - the music. "We feel like this music is a natural progression for us," says lead singer/guitarist Michael Bruno, "it's a step in a new, more refined direction that both old and new fans can connect with." The house lights start to dim at Irving Plaza and the anticipation begins to boil over. The crowd comes to life, erupting into a deafening roar - Honor Society is about to take the stage. "This is what we live for," says Jason, "this rush of adrenaline and the personal experience of a concert... we won't stop until everyone experiences it". Honor Society is the music industry's best kept secret, but don't expect it to remain that way. The secret is getting out.