While "Shake It" can easily be recognized as the jingle of an orange juice television commercial, little is known about Metro Station, the band behind the dance anthem.
However, elsewhere in the world, this American pop band (formed in 2006 in Los Angeles, California) is already shaking the airwaves with their catchy hooks and lyrics. Now, Filipinos can experience firsthand how this young pop rock band has captivated the world as the Ayala Malls bring them to Manila.
Formed by Trace Cyrus and Mason Musso in 2006, with Blake Healy and Anthony Improgo as later additions to the group, Metro Station released its first album in 2007. If Trace's and Mason's surnames sound familiar, it's because they are siblings of Hannah Montana stars Miley Cyrus and Mitchel Musso. But while it seemed like a band with close connections to some of Hollywood's most recognizable stars can easily land a record deal, Metro Station was underground for some time, before they were discovered by Columbia Records on the social networking site MySpace. This, of course, was no easy feat: chart toppers Sean Kingston and Lily Allen, among others, were also discovered through the website.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Cyrus said he wanted to find out how long the band could go without anyone finding out about his family connections. ""It's not like I didn't want to be associated with that, but I didn't want to be put in a genre where I had to be 'Approved for mothers and 12-year-olds.' I want to be myself'," the LA Times quoted. "But it's been cool, because Metro Station ... people have taken to it as our own thing—separate from everything and anyone else," he said in an interview with MTV.com.
And they have succeeded so far. Their self-titled album peaked at number 39 at the Billboard 200 charts and number one at the Billboard Top Heatseekers charts, a chart that contains albums by artists who have not charted in the Billboard top 100. However, their 2008 single "Shake It" remains to be their most successful song to date, earning the Platinum status less than a year after its release.
Still, Cyrus cannot deny the influence of his sister and adoptive father, Billy Ray Cyrus. During Ayala Malls' press presentation of Metro Station last June 9, he said being around his sister and his father, renowned musicians in their own right, played a huge part in his life as an artist. Cyrus said he often spent time with his father when Billy Ray Cyrus was touring (he is now seen as Miley Cyrus onscreen father in Hannah Montana). There he saw how the music industry works, something he was able to use in his own career. Still, his band's music is significantly different from his father's country roots and his sister's teen-friendly fare.
Some of Metro Station's songs are bold, but they perfectly encapsulate the sentiments of today's youth. One of their earlier hits from their MySpace days, "Seventeen Forever," deals with the liaisons of a 17-year-old and a much older lover. It goes: "We're one mistake from being together/But let's not ask why it's not right/You won't be seventeen forever/And we can get away with this tonight."
Catch the Metro Station on Independence Day, June 12, 6:30 pm at the Alabang Town Center Activity Center.
Metro Station shakes Manila on Independence Day
by Chuck Smith posted on June 11, 2009