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Social Order: Going Out Dancing (But Still at a Distance)

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Alternative Addiction recently chatted with Mason Musso and Anthony Improgo about the new group, the new single, the accompanying video, and even their longtime connection from their time in Metro Station.

July 27, 2020


It’s odd for a new supergroup to form during a world-wide pandemic. Nonetheless, that’s what happened early in the crisis when quarantine in California started. That’s when Metro Station’s Mason Musso connected with The Mowgli’s Matthew Di Pani and New Politics’ Louis Vecchio to start a band. Then, he reconnected with former Metro Station member - Parade of Lights’ Anthony Improgo - to round out a lineup and form the new group, Social Order. The band dropped their debut single “Going Out Dancing” earlier this month and released a quarantine video for the song too. Alternative Addiction recently chatted with Musso and Improgo about the new group, the new single, the accompanying video, and even their longtime connection from their time in Metro Station.

“Everything came together pretty easily,” said Musso in the interview with Alternative Addiction. “I hit up our manager with some music and he introduced me to Lou from New Politics. We really hit it off. Then, I’ve been friends with Matt from The Mowgli’s for a long time. Matt and Lou are good friends too. We started there, and I knew that we needed Anthony in the project, so we got him to come on board too. We all have our bigger projects, but I wanted to try something new. It’s been exciting but different. Because of quarantine and self-isolating we’ve had the time to start the project, but we’ve also never been in the same room together.”

The band’s first single, “Going Out Dancing” is the starting point for Social Order. It’s what got the band started and the video for it is really what gave Improgo, Musso, Di Pani, and Vecchio some creative momentum to pursue what they were doing.

“Mason had that track for a minute, then he showed it to me when we were talking,” explained Improgo while on the conference call with Musso and Alternative Addiction. “We all got on a Zoom call and that was the first time I met Matt and Lou… kind of. I played with The Mowgli’s back in the day and I actually played with Lou doing session work for Big Time Rush.”

“When we were on that Zoom call, we all decided to do a lyric video for the new song,” added Improgo. “We got our friends involved in making the video, and I knew that I could put it all together. It was the first two weeks of quarantine and everyone was just home. So, we asked friends and family if they could just film themselves dancing to the song.”



And that’s what happened. The four members of the band shot their own music videos for “Going Out Dancing” and they got help from their friends and families sending them footage too. Then, Improgo edited everything together to make a fun and unique music video.

“If you ask your friends to dance in the kitchen, they're going to think you're stupid,” laughed the multi-instrumentalist when talking about making the video. “When Mason sent me the first clip, I told the guys, 'listen, make it easier on me, dance to the song around the house and make one clip. That way I can line it up. Mason sent me the clip, and it was a full-on music video, it was awesome. Then Matt did it and his wife works in film and tv, and they did all this stuff and that was awesome. Then, Lou did it and his wife shot him and that was amazing too.”
The music video and the song are two really happy pieces of art that Musso, Improgo and Social Order get to push out in the world. They both have a care-free attitude to them… something we all really need right now.

“For me, it has a Modern English vibe,” said Musso on the first Social Order single. “With COVID and everything, it's very serious, but we just wanted to make people feel good. Especially right now, people need that. A lot of our friends had a good time dancing on camera with kids and dogs. Really happy with everyone who sent stuff and happy with how it turned out.”

After discussing the new projects from Social Order, we talked with Musso and Improgo about each other. Musso has been largely out of the limelight since his days with Metro Station but he’s still been a big name in the songwriting community over the past few years. Meanwhile, Improgo has done a variety of production work while his other band Parade of Lights is on hiatus. Before that though, the two longtime friends were in the band Metro Station together and had a massive hit with “Shake It!!” The two were in Metro Station together from 2006 – 2009 until they had a falling out and Improgo left the band. We talked with the two about how they wound up reconnecting and also about why they work so well together.

“We just connect on every level musically,” said Anthony talking about he and Musso’s musical relationship. “We just kind of click. We've been through some shit together. We had a falling out, we made up. Being good friends, you take good with the bad and you have to learn forgiveness on both ends. That sets the tone for a long-lasting friendship. I don't have a lot of friends - I have 4/5 good ones. That's all I need. You only need 3-4 good friends through your whole life, and you'll live longer. Mason is in that group for me.”

“We've had fights,” added Musso. “We've gotten in trouble together. Especially on tour, it was always me and him getting into everything. Because we’ve been through so much together, he’s like a brother to me and I’m just… I’m excited to be working on a project together again.”

After that, there was an interesting moment between the two friends where they talked about their falling out and what ultimately led them to be friends again.

“Time, that's what did it for me,” said Musso on how he and Anthony repaired their friendship. “I’ve made mistakes. I think having success at 17 and you're given a lot of money and a lot of success early on, it messed with my head a little bit. It's a classic story. Getting older and getting more mature, learning from my mistakes, has helped me and it’s helped us. We've always been close. There's been ups and downs but there's always been the friendship there,” added the Social Order vocalist.

“When all of that shit was going down, I missed you,” said Improgo talking directly to Musso on the conference call. “I was keeping tabs on what you guys were doing. I didn't want to ruffle the feathers. I was just giving you your space while I was doing my thing. When you're thrust into the limelight at such a young age, you believe your own shit. When the dust settles, reality sets in. All of us had to do that. In the past few years, I got an email because somebody wanted to license “Shake It1” in Europe. We talked a bit in that email because Mason was on the email too. Then I hit him up on Instagram and we started talking a lot.”

Finally, the last thing we talked about on the call with Musso and Improgo was what’s in the future for Social Order. Everything is in the air with everyone in the moment, so don’t expect anything new, but they did give us some clarification with defining the project and giving a rough estimate on when they’ll drop another single.

“There's a couple more things we're going to do with this song. We'll probably have some more new music this fall,” said Mason on what’s next for Social Order. “If we can ever tour, I’d be down to do that too.”

“All the guys have their main projects,” added Anthony. “With us, we want this to be our release. It has to stay in a good place. If it becomes a grind, then it's not going to last. It's a focus, but we don't want to have it be a make-it-or-break-it thing. It has to be natural. We want to keep it in that space as long as we can.”-aa




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Social Order: Going Out Dancing (But Still at a Distance)

July 27, 2020

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Alternative Addiction recently chatted with Mason Musso and Anthony Improgo about the new group, the new single, the accompanying video, and even their longtime connection from their time in Metro Station.

It’s odd for a new supergroup to form during a world-wide pandemic. Nonetheless, that’s what happened early in the crisis when quarantine in California started. That’s when Metro Station’s Mason Musso connected with The Mowgli’s Matthew Di Pani and New Politics’ Louis Vecchio to start a band. Then, he reconnected with former Metro Station member - Parade of Lights’ Anthony Improgo - to round out a lineup and form the new group, Social Order. The band dropped their debut single “Going Out Dancing” earlier this month and released a quarantine video for the song too. Alternative Addiction recently chatted with Musso and Improgo about the new group, the new single, the accompanying video, and even their longtime connection from their time in Metro Station.

“Everything came together pretty easily,” said Musso in the interview with Alternative Addiction. “I hit up our manager with some music and he introduced me to Lou from New Politics. We really hit it off. Then, I’ve been friends with Matt from The Mowgli’s for a long time. Matt and Lou are good friends too. We started there, and I knew that we needed Anthony in the project, so we got him to come on board too. We all have our bigger projects, but I wanted to try something new. It’s been exciting but different. Because of quarantine and self-isolating we’ve had the time to start the project, but we’ve also never been in the same room together.”

The band’s first single, “Going Out Dancing” is the starting point for Social Order. It’s what got the band started and the video for it is really what gave Improgo, Musso, Di Pani, and Vecchio some creative momentum to pursue what they were doing.

“Mason had that track for a minute, then he showed it to me when we were talking,” explained Improgo while on the conference call with Musso and Alternative Addiction. “We all got on a Zoom call and that was the first time I met Matt and Lou… kind of. I played with The Mowgli’s back in the day and I actually played with Lou doing session work for Big Time Rush.”

“When we were on that Zoom call, we all decided to do a lyric video for the new song,” added Improgo. “We got our friends involved in making the video, and I knew that I could put it all together. It was the first two weeks of quarantine and everyone was just home. So, we asked friends and family if they could just film themselves dancing to the song.”



And that’s what happened. The four members of the band shot their own music videos for “Going Out Dancing” and they got help from their friends and families sending them footage too. Then, Improgo edited everything together to make a fun and unique music video.

“If you ask your friends to dance in the kitchen, they're going to think you're stupid,” laughed the multi-instrumentalist when talking about making the video. “When Mason sent me the first clip, I told the guys, 'listen, make it easier on me, dance to the song around the house and make one clip. That way I can line it up. Mason sent me the clip, and it was a full-on music video, it was awesome. Then Matt did it and his wife works in film and tv, and they did all this stuff and that was awesome. Then, Lou did it and his wife shot him and that was amazing too.”
The music video and the song are two really happy pieces of art that Musso, Improgo and Social Order get to push out in the world. They both have a care-free attitude to them… something we all really need right now.

“For me, it has a Modern English vibe,” said Musso on the first Social Order single. “With COVID and everything, it's very serious, but we just wanted to make people feel good. Especially right now, people need that. A lot of our friends had a good time dancing on camera with kids and dogs. Really happy with everyone who sent stuff and happy with how it turned out.”

After discussing the new projects from Social Order, we talked with Musso and Improgo about each other. Musso has been largely out of the limelight since his days with Metro Station but he’s still been a big name in the songwriting community over the past few years. Meanwhile, Improgo has done a variety of production work while his other band Parade of Lights is on hiatus. Before that though, the two longtime friends were in the band Metro Station together and had a massive hit with “Shake It!!” The two were in Metro Station together from 2006 – 2009 until they had a falling out and Improgo left the band. We talked with the two about how they wound up reconnecting and also about why they work so well together.

“We just connect on every level musically,” said Anthony talking about he and Musso’s musical relationship. “We just kind of click. We've been through some shit together. We had a falling out, we made up. Being good friends, you take good with the bad and you have to learn forgiveness on both ends. That sets the tone for a long-lasting friendship. I don't have a lot of friends - I have 4/5 good ones. That's all I need. You only need 3-4 good friends through your whole life, and you'll live longer. Mason is in that group for me.”

“We've had fights,” added Musso. “We've gotten in trouble together. Especially on tour, it was always me and him getting into everything. Because we’ve been through so much together, he’s like a brother to me and I’m just… I’m excited to be working on a project together again.”

After that, there was an interesting moment between the two friends where they talked about their falling out and what ultimately led them to be friends again.

“Time, that's what did it for me,” said Musso on how he and Anthony repaired their friendship. “I’ve made mistakes. I think having success at 17 and you're given a lot of money and a lot of success early on, it messed with my head a little bit. It's a classic story. Getting older and getting more mature, learning from my mistakes, has helped me and it’s helped us. We've always been close. There's been ups and downs but there's always been the friendship there,” added the Social Order vocalist.

“When all of that shit was going down, I missed you,” said Improgo talking directly to Musso on the conference call. “I was keeping tabs on what you guys were doing. I didn't want to ruffle the feathers. I was just giving you your space while I was doing my thing. When you're thrust into the limelight at such a young age, you believe your own shit. When the dust settles, reality sets in. All of us had to do that. In the past few years, I got an email because somebody wanted to license “Shake It1” in Europe. We talked a bit in that email because Mason was on the email too. Then I hit him up on Instagram and we started talking a lot.”

Finally, the last thing we talked about on the call with Musso and Improgo was what’s in the future for Social Order. Everything is in the air with everyone in the moment, so don’t expect anything new, but they did give us some clarification with defining the project and giving a rough estimate on when they’ll drop another single.

“There's a couple more things we're going to do with this song. We'll probably have some more new music this fall,” said Mason on what’s next for Social Order. “If we can ever tour, I’d be down to do that too.”

“All the guys have their main projects,” added Anthony. “With us, we want this to be our release. It has to stay in a good place. If it becomes a grind, then it's not going to last. It's a focus, but we don't want to have it be a make-it-or-break-it thing. It has to be natural. We want to keep it in that space as long as we can.”-aa

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