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Strangers Six guitarist Luke Johnson said his three-year-old local band didn't have to lift a telephone to get on MTV2. "They were following how many hits we got on purevolume.com. That and myspace.com." Based on their song download volume ("We've been averaging 300 hits a day"), Johnson said a four-man production crew hired by MTV2 was in town last week to record a day in the life of Strangers Six. He said the footage will be used for an upcoming episode of a new series called On the Rise, which exposes bands that appear to be breaking out.

"They said they wanted to do a piece on a handful of San Diego bands. I heard Accident Experiment, My American Heart, and Black Heart Procession are on it too. It will air in July. They shot us in our practice studio and eating lunch at Antonelli's in El Cajon. We then went to 91X, and they interviewed us with [DJ] Marco Collins. The last place was at Soma. That was the first place we ever played. We got booked there before we even had a band. Me and [lead singer] Aaron [Thompson] had a demo, and that got us booked. We had a month to get a band together."

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