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Push Play makes push to next level

Push Play is ready to start shaking things up.

With its debut album now completed and set for a late August release, the Melville-based pop quartet is in the middle of a bunch of changes. They have signed a deal with an indie label and are waiting for it to be finalized in the next few days, which coincides with them also leaving Long Island for a bit.

"We're moving to Santa Monica to start shooting this series, loosely based on real-life stuff," says drummer Derek Ries.

The series will be a fictionalized account of the band's process of breaking into the music industry - maybe somewhere between "The Monkees" and "The Hills"? - that will start on the Internet, but could eventually move to a cable network. The first episode will be shot Friday, as the band plays its final hometown show at Roosevelt Field Mall before heading out to California.

Another change is signing with a label. After all, the band has landed major appearances at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and as openers for Miley Cyrus with its current team. However, singer CJ Baran said they were swayed by how strongly the label believed in their music and by the problems that the band has had in getting its music on the radio.

"We've made it this far, but to take it to the next step it gets really political," says bassist Nick DeTurris.

Maybe most of all, though, Push Play seems bent on expanding its audience. They were the only band that played all three days of this year's Bamboozle Festival, even signing on to play the music of Muse, the British prog-rock band.

"A lot of people, they discount us, 'Yeah, they're just some dumb boy band,' " Baran says. "That kind of gave us a chance to show that we can actually play. We can do Muse."

"For the first time ever, in the history of Push Play, CJ jumped out into the crowd and sang with a guy in the crowd," adds guitarist Steve Scarola. "First time ever."

But probably not the last.

Push Play plays a free show at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

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