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Cute Is What We Aim For

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Buffalo, United States (2005 – 2009, 2010 – present)

On August 18, 2009, lead singer Shaant Hacikyan announced via his Twitter account he was going solo. Dave Melillo confirmed that he and guitarist Jeff Czum had left the band. Jeff, Dave, and Mike Lasaponara went on to create a new band, Nocturnal Me.

In early 2010, it was announced that the band will continue with frontman Shaant Hacikyan as the only original member to continue, joining with former members of Mandy K.

Michael Brady, Patrick Maclean, Kevin Scoma , and Mike Novak have joined Hacikyan to release Cute’s single, “Harbour” which is available free for download on Shaant Hacikyan’s Twitter account and here.

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Having paired off in other local combos – singer Shaant Hacikyan and guitarist Jeff Czum in one, old bassist Fred Cimato and drummer Tom Falcone in another – Cute Is What We Aim For came together in January 2005 in Buffalo, New York, driven by the four members’ desire to cast their own upbeat spin onto modern pop.

The Cute Is What We Aim For moniker was adopted as a ‘homage to a friend’. It is also said that the term “cute” was used by Shaant in high school as another word for “gay”, and in a phone conversation between himself and guitarist Jeff, Shaant stated “Cute is what we aim for.” in reference to picking a name, and the band decided to use that phrase. The band was productive from the get-go, cranking out a series of bedroom demo recordings just moments after uniting. They posted the tracks on MySpace and PureVolume and quickly captured the attention of the blogosphere. From the start, there was a genuine connection between Cute and the kids.

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