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OKC band Freshsunday enjoying wave of success

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Lounging at Starbucks while enjoying a warm coffee and a cheesecake-topped pumpkin muffin, Matt Kendrick looks like the average 24-year-old guy, right down to his eBay-purchased Billy Joel T-shirt and 5 o'clock shadow.

Onlookers would never know these four friends comprise a band that has more than 30,000 MySpace users who call themselves Freshsunday fans.

And that's the way they like it.

"Just from the success we've had here in Oklahoma, sometimes I can see how it would be easy to get caught up in not thinking about the fans," said Matt Kendrick, the band's drummer. "It's just such an admirable thing to see rock stars just acting like regular people."

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While they don't claim to be rock stars just yet, lead singer Justin Joslin, bassist Jason Troutman, guitarist Cody Diffee and Kendrick have opened for well-known rock bands like:
" Switchfoot,
" Blue October and
" Lifehouse.

The four Oklahoma City natives have been making music together since high school, but Troutman said it wasn't until the after their freshman year in college that they decided "to do the damn thing."

In November 2005, Freshsunday released its six-song EP "Above the Noise." Its pop-rock with indie leanings doesn't fit neatly into any one category, but to these Oklahoma boys, that's not a bad thing.

"Everyone from people our age to families come out to hear us," Kendrick said. "Even people I wouldn't expect to like our stuff actually do." "Lauren Parajon


 

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