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Producer Change Helps Pink Spiders Grow On New Album

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, November 21, 2008

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On their third album, “Sweat It Out,” Nashville’s Pink Spiders wanted to grow up. A little bit, at least.

“You always want every record to be better than your last one, so I think that was the main thing here,” says frontman Matt Friction. “(‘Sweat it Out’) was a little more about expanding horizons, I guess.

“Pretty much every song from the record before (2006’s ‘Teenage Graffiti’) was about sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. This time we’re delving into some more personal things — but still talking about sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll.”

The other big change for the punkstyled quartet this time was in producers. Former Cars frontman Ric Ocasek handled “Teenage Graffiti,” but this time the Pink Spiders went to Atlanta to work with Brendan O’Brien, whose credits include Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Audioslave and others.

“Brendan’s a lot more hands-on,” Friction reports. “I think Ric just kind of lets you do your own thing and gets the best performance out of you. Brendan’s trying to create more of a soundscape. This is a pretty textured record we made; there’s lots of stuff in the background somewhere that you might not necessarily hear, but it’s there.

“We had a lot of fun. We’re big Queen fans, so we had a lot of fun doing those kind of ‘Night at the Opera’ tricks, really layering things on there and using the whole audio palette. It’s a different kind of album, for sure.”

The Pink Spiders, Cruiserweight, Mondo Primo and Shram perform Saturday (Nov. 22) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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