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Saosin Ups Production Game For New Tour

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, November 20, 2009

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Saosin is taking the headline spot on this fall’s “Pacific Sunwear PacTour” seriously — so much so that the band brought in nine inch nails’ celebrated lighting designer to give the southern California hard rockers’ shows some visual punch.

“We look up to a lot of bands that headline and put on these amazing, talked-about shows,” says bassist Chris Sorenson. “If anything, we’re striving, as a live band, to come close to that. So we have a ton of lights, some of these one-of-a-kind LED lights that were made for nine inch nails, and now we have them.

“And we like headlining anyway, in the sense that we can play more songs that we wouldn’t necessarily play on a support tour. On our new record (‘In Search of Solid Ground’), we have a song called ‘Fireflies’ that’s eight minutes long. You can’t exactly play that in a 30-minute (opening) set, so as a headliner that’s our only shot to do that live.”

The “PacTour” is letting Saosin give “In Search of Solid Ground,” its second album — with co-production by hitmakers Butch Walker and John Feldman — an airing on home shores before the group heads overseas for what Sorenson, 27, says will be an extended romp through the rest of the globe.

“We have a strange following outside of the United States,” says the bassist, who was also a co-producer of the album. “In some parts of the world we’re doing better over there than we are in the States — places like Japan, Bali, Indonesia. All those places we do well, kind of inexplicably, ’cause we’ve only been there a handful of times.

“So we’re going to go venture off and see what else is going on for us in the world. There’s too many bands touring (in the U.S.) right now, which is a good thing for music, I think, but we don’t have to contribute to that log jam right now.”

The “PacTour” featuring Saosin, P.O.S. and Innerpartysystem, plays at 7 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 21) at Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $16. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

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