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Named Flowers For Faye after the leading female role in the 1996 film "That Thing You Do!" about a band that broke up shortly after their only hit single, an unsigned band of college and high school students will release its first major album tomorrow.

Band members are Tyler Olson, 21, a senior mass communication major at Campbell University; Mark Lewis, 20, a senior computer information systems major at Campbell; J.P. Hendrick, 19, a sophomore history major at N.C. State University; David Erickson, 17, a home-schooled high school student in Raleigh; and David Dieffenderfer, 16, a home-schooled high school student in Apex.

Their debut album, titled "Press Start EP," follows a three-song self-titled demo that was recorded in a band member's garage and released last summer. The album was recorded at Warrior Sound in Carrboro and includes featured songs "Are You Kidding Me?" and "Karate Chop," both of which can be heard on the band's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/flowersforfaye.

"This is a big step for us," Mr. Olson said about the release of the album.

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The band identifies its music genre as "power pop," a style somewhere between pop and punk music that focuses on catchy hooks and synthetic leads, Mr. Olson said.

"Our goal as a band is to make music that's fun and upbeat," Mr. Lewis said. "All of us in the band are Christians, but we don't necessarily write 'Christian' songs, per say. We just write what comes to us through our lives as Christians."

Mr. Olson said the band began recording its first full album on Dec. 29, 2007. He attributes the completion of the record to the ability of band members to work together.

"Each member of the band works hard at what they do and each member is good at different things and adds a lot to the group," Mr. Olson said.

Among others, the band attributes its inspiration to family and friends, more specifically to a group of loyal fans who have dubbed themselves "Faye-ettes" and have never missed more than one show, Mr. Olson said.

"I don't think we could do this without them," he said.

The CD art for the album is designed by artist Sam Cox, who has done art for video games, he said.

In celebration of the CD's release, the band will hold a concert at Triangle Community Church in Apex beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, but a portion of CD sales will go directly to Pathways International, a mission organization that sends missionaries to South America, Mr. Olson said.

On April 20 the band will play at the Lincoln Theater in Raleigh. - Dunn Daily Record


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Press Start - EP

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Today's music can span a wide range of emotions. Flowers For Faye enjoys dwelling on the positive side of music, with a style that finds itself somewhere between rock and pop. Their songs are filled with catchy lyrics and sweet melodies that ultimately leave their listeners humming along to their songs no matter what.

Flowers for Faye originated in Raleigh, North Carolina as the band members discovered their collective passion for playing great music. David Erickson (guitar, vocals), Mark Lewis (bass, vocals), David Deiffenderfer (keys), JP Hendrick (drums) and Tyler Olson (vocals, guitar) aren't afraid to let audiences see what a great time they are having on stage and have a knack for drawing their audience into the fun of their music. The live performances from this 5 piece group are filled with an enormous sound and so many harmonious noises that you can barely keep track of who's playing that unique melody you're enjoying so much.

The band lists The Cars, Relientk, and Sherwood as some of the many influences that are a part of their sound. Their musical and vocal styles have been compared to the likes of Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Weezer, Motion City Soundtrack, The Hippos, and Barenaked Ladies.