About to Pop: KSM

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KSM
Buena Vista Records
Who: KSM
Video: 'I Want You to Want Me'
Hails From: Los Angeles
For Fans Of: Demi Lovato and Paramore
Why They're About to Pop: If you've seen the new ABC Family series '10 Things I Hate About You,' you've already heard the infectious pop-rock music of KSM. The band consists of five musically-talented teens -- lead singer Shelby Cobra, lead guitarist Shae Padilla, drummer Kate Cabebe, guitarist Katie Ceil and bassist Sophia Mellon -- who formed an all-girl rock group, and they were asked to record a version of the classic Cheap Trick tune 'I Want You to Want Me' for the TV show's theme song.
KSM started out in the tradition of young female rockers like the Go-Go's and the Runaways. Their band name combines the K's and S's of the girls' first names and the word 'music,' which is the passion that brought them together. While their styles and personalities mesh well, and they all cite Paramore and No Doubt as group influences, the girls do come from separate backgrounds and have different musical inspirations, ranging from Cyndi Lauper to Janis Joplin and Regina Spektor to Travis Barker.
The girls, currently on tour with Demi Lovato and David Archuleta, recently came by the PopEater office to meet the staff, where they played an acoustic version of 'I Want You to want Me,' as well as an original song, 'Read Between the Lines.' "We haven't really played it ['I Want You to Want Me'] for anyone acoustically before, but we're gonna wing it," Shelby told PopEater.
The girls gave it their all during the impromptu morning performance, making it clear to see why they're finding so many new fans on the road and spending hours signing autographs at every venue. "The tour is going really, really well," said Shelby. "The shows are so much fun, and the meet and greets are crazy."
If you haven't seen KSM on tour with Demi Lovato and David Archuleta, you can catch them as the musical act on the 3-Night Disney Channel Summer At Sea Cruise that embarks on July 30, and keep an ear our for their debut album, which is due out in September.
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Seven Questions With KSM:
What can listeners expect from your debut album?
Katie: A pop-rock extravaganza.
Which tracks from the album are your favorites?
Shae: 'Slow Motion' and 'I Want You to Want Me.'
What's been the best moment so far on your current tour with Demi Lovato and David Archuleta?
Kate: Our show in New Jersey at the Prudential Center was amazing. The crowd was incredible.
Would you ever consider following the Disney star route of filming a TV show or movie based on your band?
Shelby: That would be amazing. I think we are definitely open to any opportunity like that. You never know.
Being so busy with your careers, do you ever find it hard to be missing out on normal teen life?
Sophia: There are some things that are a part of "normal teen life" that we miss out on. However, we get to live out our dreams which a lot of people never get to do.
Where do you see yourselves in five years?
Shae: Hopefully we are all still together doing what we love -- music.
What advice would you give to other young girls who are aspiring musicians?
KSM: Don't believe the people that tell you you can't do it. Don't quit, and continue to pursue your dreams.
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KSM visit our New York office on June 24, 2009.
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KSM Visit PopEater

    KSM visit PopEater's New York office June 24.

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    KSM visit PopEater's New York office June 24.

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    KSM visit PopEater's New York office June 24.

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    KSM visit PopEater's New York office June 24.

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    KSM visit PopEater's New York office June 24.

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    KSM visit PopEater's New York office June 24.

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    KSM visit PopEater's New York office June 24.

    Max W. Orenstein, PopEater

    KSM visit PopEater's New York office June 24.

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    KSM visit PopEater's New York office June 24.

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