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The 502s are a band of friends and family hailing from Florida. A sextet comprises cousins Ed and Jake Isola, who grew up across the street from one another (in house number 502!), and also features kindergarten friends Matt Tonner and Joe Capati, plus Sean Froehlich and Nick Melashenko who joined the gang when they all met at college together.
Cutting their teeth playing in various house bands, and even one member (Sean) at the Universal Studios theme park, The 502s have since gone on to become viral TikTok sensations with their smash hit “Just A Little While”. With an infectious spirit of adventure, the song exploded in popularity on the social media platform last December and became the lead track from their album ‘Could It Get Better Than This’.
After firing up their TikTok account one day, the band were inundated with thousands of videos from college and high school students posting compilation videos of their time at school — all scored by the ebullient chorus of “Just A Little While”. Soon the trend caught on with users of all ages, locations and backgrounds, with the song appearing in everything from motivational videos to makeup tutorials to posts about globetrotting excursions.
Gaining a massive influx of new fans as a result, the trend pushed The 502s streaming numbers through the roof, landing them on Billboard’s Hot Rock and Alternative charts, as well as the #3 spot on Spotify’s Top Viral 50
Although the band have soared into the spotlight overnight, they’re anything but a flash in the pan. The boys are no strangers to TikTok acclaim, following a prior viral moment back in 2020 with their song “Magdalene”. Last year’s album is their second full-length to date, and the band have already played multiple tours across North America and Europe. Hitting the road again this Autumn with new material to their name, the ‘Just Another’ EP is out now.