Honor Society has been releasing infectious pop-rock tunes since 2005, but the band's goal of releasing an album always remained out of reach.
At the time, we were a struggling band, so an EP was all we could afford, frontman Michael Bruno says. The band released two EPs, including 2007's A Tale of Risky Business, which drummer Alex Noyes decided to send to some friends -- who also happened to be friends with the Jonas Brothers.
Two years later, Honor Society is playing stadiums, opening for the Jonases and Jordin Sparks. Fashionably Late, the outfit's cheekily titled debut, is set for release September 15 on a yet-to-be-named joint-venture label between Hollywood Records and Jonas Brothers. The album, co-written by Honor Society and John Fields and executive-produced by the Jonas Brothers, is set to bring the band's multilayered hooks and earnest lyrics to a wider platform.
The Jonas Brothers have acted as mentors, helping Honor Society's members hone their craft, giving them advice on their live show and co-producing a few tracks on Late.
Even without the Jonas Brothers' assistance, Honor Society's tireless promotion has quickly raised its profile. The band performed on various local news stations throughout 2009. Constant activity on social networks has resulted in 3 million MySpace plays.
Honor Society also has given free acoustic shows across the country to build its fan base, frequently announcing them the day of the performance on Twitter. The band also gave acoustic performances of Where Are You Now, the tender single on the soundtrack to the Summit Entertainment film Bandslam, in various movie theaters at premieres for the teen-friendly movie.
We love popping up, doing acoustic performances and then tweeting about them, bassist Andrew Lee says. We've always wanted to be available to our fans and have utilized resources like MySpace and Twitter to make that happen.
Leading up to the release of Late, Honor Society will be on the road as part of the Jonas Brothers' tour while simultaneously headlining its Full Moon Crazy club tour.
Bruno says that as much as he loves the intimacy of club shows, the arena trek has been an incredible experience. You dream of playing arenas when running around as a kid playing air guitar, he says.