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Headbangers Underoath Take Small Successes In Stride

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, October 31, 2008

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Spencer Chamberlain says he and his bandmates in the Florida rock group Underoath are “always surprised” by success — in this case a No. 8 debut for their fourth album, “Lost in the Sound of Separation,” in August on the Billboard 200 chart.

And while the 25-year-old frontman notes that “you can definitely tell kids are stoked when we come out and play,” he says the group subscribes to no particular formula.

“We always want to outdo ourselves and try to make a better record than we have before,” Chamberlain says. “We push each other really hard and try to tackle things we weren’t able to do the last time. It’s just like practicing and becoming a better musician; you’re always trying to outdo yourself.”

It does help, however, that Underoath’s personnel has solidified and “Lost ...” is the group’s third consecutive album with the same lineup.

“It’s the longest lineup ever for this band,” Chamberlain says. “That makes it comfortable and easy. Everyone knows their part and their place and how we can work together — and how we don’t work well together in some areas. It’s just like any other relationship; the more time you spend, the better you know each other.”

Underoath, Saosin, the Devil Wears Prada and Person L perform Friday (Oct. 31) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre. com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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