HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) — It was every rock band’s dream to have thousands of people singing along to their music in a packed arena. Today the dream is changing for thousands of people playing their music on a video game
On Wednesday, Rod Mooney, Harvey Lott, Glenn Sasser and Rusty Galt played Rock Band 3 for the first time. It was a special performance, because they were playing their song.
Together they form Small Room 9, a local indie rock band.
“We’ve been together for probably ten years, because we’re really good friends. We grew up in the same hometown, went to the same high school,” Mooney said.
They’ve had their share of success, music playing on local radio, gigs at the International Music Festival in Canada and touring across the country, but for the bands, the path to fame is changing.
“What seems to really get bands’ attention now are TV shows, commercials, movies and video games,” Mooney said.
Now they can check that off their list. Three months ago, their song “Paging Ground Control” was found and chosen by a Rock Band Network employee.
“And I asked her where did she find us, and she said she didn’t know she heard so many bands every day. She just finds a good one and contacts us right away,” Mooney said.
The group has its own avatars, and they can see the number of thousands of people playing and listening to their songs.
“It’s pretty amazing. I can’t believe they did it for us, because it’s really cool. They’ve got like U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Rolling Stones, the Beetles and now it says Small Room 9,” Mooney said.
Gaming isn’t their only recent achievement.
“We’re number one on Air Play Direct Downloads, where we’ve beaten bands like Heart, The Romones and The Doors,” Sasser said.
“This past week, Europe is really taking us, and the rest of the world in fact. So it’s really strange but it’s very exciting at the same time, because we don’t know what’s going to happen,” Lott said.
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