Acetate remembers what it was like to rock out in your family's basement with your friends just out of a pure and simple love of music. They remember it like it was yesterday because, well, it was. On March 22, 2005, Sanctuary Records will release This Band Makes Me Feel, the debut album from Acetate, a trio of longtime chums from Athens, GA who wrote, rehearsed and recorded it all at home. But these are no ordinary subterranean musicians: Dave Schools (Widespread Panic) on bass guitar and vocals, Kevin Sweeney (Hayride, Sunshine Fix) on guitar and vocals, and Ben Mize (Counting Crows, Cracker) on drums and vocals. Schools explains, "We came to realize that it is still possible to feel like a bunch of high school kids in your parent's basement after school... more than anything its about having fun."

From deep within Schools' own basement, the music flowed so organically on the first day that two brand new songs were written. The guys continued to jam whenever they could find time off from their respective bands for the simple pleasure of playing music without rules of expectations. Quickly armed with an album's worth of songs, they began to record their DIY basement sessions, spawning what would become their debut CD. With the freedom to do whatever they wanted, when time came for artwork they chose a friend's drawing from a cocktail napkin.

Dave describes the band's sound as "coffee oriented power pop." Sharing a common love for bands like Cheap Trick and The Raspberries, the guys shaped songs out of heavy metal-inspired riffs, anthemic pop choruses, and layers of catchy harmony hooks. "It's really about us allowing ourselves to blend all the different styles that we really enjoy" Schools says.

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[Published on: 2/14/05]

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