Twenty2Salute releases EP?CD

Fort Dodge band Twenty2 Salute recently released its first EP CD, “Black,” a demo album of four songs. The band plays throughout the area, in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, and frequently in Des Moines and Waterloo, said lead singer Mike Schoon.

His brother, Mark Schoon, performs backup vocals, and both trade off playing lead guitar and bass throughout the show. Mike also provides piano on some songs. Sam Lenz is the drummer.

The band has been together since 2011. It plays original music in a pop/rock/metal style, Mike Schoon said.

“You don’t have to be a big rock lover to like it; it’s catchy,” he said.

The band placed in the top five in the Lazerfest Battle of the Bands this year. The winner would open at Lazerfest 2013, the Des Moines area music festival that has featured P.O.D., Papa Roach and Alice in Chains. Twenty2 Salute has also opened for national bands such as Trapt, Dope and Escape the Fate, Schoon said.

The band is moving up, he said, and setting their sights high.

“We’re looking to get picked up by a label, go national and be as successful as possible,” he said. “We’re trying to do this as a career, not as a hobby.”

Music is Mike Schoon’s job now; he teaches music lessons at Reiman Music.

“This is what we want to do, this is our favorite thing. Why not make a career out of something you love to do?” he said. “We’re all very passionate about music, all three of us. It takes everyone in the group to want to make it in order for your career to advance.”

The band will perform at 5 p.m. today at the Eagle’s Landing, 1018 First Ave. N. Admission is $5.