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MP3 American Popular - Sold Out (The American Way)

American Popular''s provocative lyrics, big guitars, bigger choruses and eerily cunning vocals demand attention from the first breath. The band combines alternative hooks & garage rawness with vintage flair and a touch of punk/metal influence.

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ROCK: Modern Rock, METAL: Heavy Metal

**Fans of Velvet Revolver, Audioslave, Incubus, System of A Down, Mother Love Bone, Linkin Park and Guns and Roses will love "Sold Out (The American Way)"**

- "In a world full of sell outs that give up their beliefs and original sound just to make it in the music biz, American Popular do it their own way, the American independent music way." Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck, Associate Writer, Music https://www.tradebit.com

Bound together by the contradictions of their origins American Popular exerts an element of irony in that they are not a "pop" band, but a product of American pop culture.

When choosing their band name Lawrence Santiago (lead vocalist) explains, "I wanted something that simply explains who we are with one name - and one that hopefully carried depth. It first describes our music genre --- it''s American popular. It also speaks to our national society, where all aspire to achieve absolute popularity --- via money, relationships, drugs, fame and the pain that comes with it. And I think the name sounds cool too."

With the August 2004 release of their debut album "Sold Out (The American Way)" American Popular burst into the world of Modern Rock with a collection of surging anthems like "Amnesia" and "Your Religion", dark rockers "Father Help Me" and "My Therapy", melodic ballads "Even Though I Never Said" and "Mr. Trampoline", and experimental tracks "Sold Out (The American Way)."

American Popular''s provocative lyrics and eerily cunning vocals demand attention from the first breath. "Every song on this record has the potential to be a smash," explains producer Marc Jordan (Mila Jovovich, Daniel Lanois, and Rubikon). The inherent drama of their music captures you and you''re never released of its grasp from song 1 until the end of their album. And of course when it ends - you start over.

American Popular was born out of the explosive songwriting energy of Santiago, who spent most of his early childhood as a drummer. Lawrence describes his earliest musical influences, "When I was little, a day didn''t go by where I wasn''t riding in mom''s 79'' Cadillac listening to pop like John Lennon, Elvis ... or Tito Puente!"

"To tell you the truth though when I started AP I didn''t think it would turn into this because it was more just an outlet for the songs in my head (songwriting) then anything else. I never imagined going beyond my living room; having a real CD with thousands of people hearing us on the internet or the radio. But now that we have come this far we''re ready to take it as far as it will go - beyond New York, beyond America! ..."

Speaking of which, Guitarist Pat Yongkittikul traveled all the way from Bangkok to join the band, leaving behind his background as a producer/engineer/recording artist with many superstars of Thailand including his own Nu Metal band ''The Barbies'' (Warner Music Thailand/Sony Music). "I still listen to a lot of Classical, Blues and Top 40," explains Pat, "but kick ass rock still moves me more than anything else."

Before joining the band, classically trained bassist, BK, dropped his upright and picked up an electric five-string to tour the U.S. and Europe with Jazz/Funk Metal artist Gooding. Hailing from Wichita, BK explains, "there wasn''t much to do but listen to music like Iron Maiden or Metallica, but it was Cliff Burton who inspired me to be a rock musician."

Guitarist Burton Gans joined American Popular after an 11-country tour with rock quartet ''Pist On'' (Atlantic Records). No stranger to mass audiences he supported many acts including Marilyn Manson, Queensryche and the Misfits. Speaking about American Popular, Burton says "this band has it all -- the songwriting, the sound, the chemistry -- it''s all there."

Last but not least is Justin Benson, the Texan drummer who Lawrence quotes as having "the tightest chops in NY." Self-taught and extraordinarily dynamic, Justin began playing after hearing his first KISS album. "I fell in love with it and just knew I had to be drummer." Justin soon found himself playing with an eclectic group of artists such as the Grammy nominated Blues guitarist Bert Wills." Now with the power of Tommy Lee and the finesse of Peter Criss, Justin has found his place as the backbone of American Popular.

With their debut release and an upcoming season filled with national performances, American Popular hits the ground running. The band, the life, the music ...is ready and set to explode!

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