Stereo Skyline singer-guitarist Kevin Bard knows that the work the East Meadow band has put in this year has paid off.
"The shows are totally different now," says Bard, calling from a video shoot in California. "We used to have to do different things to get the audiences involved. We'd be like, 'Clap your hands!' But now, from the first note, they just go. They know all the words."
That's what a major-label debut will do for you - along with a whole lot of touring. Since Stereo Skyline's "Stuck on Repeat" arrived in July on Columbia Records, the band has been on the road almost nonstop, most recently with up-and-comers Hey Monday.
The band did find time to shoot a summer-themed video for the current single "Me and You," which premiered on Teen Nick last week. "We wanted to remind people of summer as we head into winter," Bard says. "It really kind of captures that feeling of being on the beach with your friends around a bonfire. And I got to drive an ice-cream truck, so it doesn't get much better than that."
Stereo Skyline is looking for things to get a little better next year, though. The group is still waiting to hear its songs on the radio.
"We want that," Bard says, adding that the band has high hopes for the next single, "A Little More Us." "That scene in 'That Thing You Do,' when they first hear themselves on the radio - that's us. We're still rookies when it comes to all of this stuff. We're not cool about it all."
Stereo Skyline plays The Crazy Donkey, 1058 Rte. 110, Farmingdale, 631-753-1975, next Sunday. Tickets are $13 through thecrazydonkey.com.
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