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Local band's song on Rock Band 3


It used to be every rock band's dream to have thousands of people singing along to their music in a packed arena. Today, the dream is changing to thousands of people playing their music on a video game

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.  

Collectively,  they are Small Room 9, a local indie rock band.

"We have been together off and on for probably ten years, because we've been very good friends. We grew up in the same home town, went to the same school seminary high school," said Mooney.  

They've had their share of successes, music played on local radio, performing at the International Music Festival in Canada, and touring around the country, but for bands the path to notoriety is changing.

"What seems to really get bands notice now are tv shows, commercials, movies and  video games," said Mooney.

Now they can check that off their list. Three months ago their song "Paging Ground Control" was found and chosen by an employee of the Rock Band Network.

"And I asked her where did she find us, and she said she didn't know that she hears so many bands everyday. She  just finds a good one and immediately contacts us," said Mooney.

The band has their own avatars, and they can see the number of thousands of people that are playing and listening to their songs.

"It's pretty amazing. I can't believe that they did it for us, because its really cool. They have like U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Rolling Stones, the Beetles and now it says Small Room 9," said Mooney.

The game isn't their only recent accomplishment.

"We are number one on Air Play Direct Downloads, where we beat out bands like Heart, The Romones, and The Doors," said Sasser.  

"This last week Europe is really picking us up, and the rest of the world actually. So, it's really strange but its very exciting at the same time, because we don't know what's going to happen," said Lott.

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