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Innerpartysystem finding its own sound

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011

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Innerpartysystem is usually portrayed as a band. But drummer Jared Piccone prefers to liken the eastern Pennsylvania dance music trio to a group of mad laboratory scientists.

“We’re a band of producers at this point,” says Piccone, 28, a punk rock veteran who co-founded the group with electronic music mavens Patrick Nissley and Kris Barman. “The lyrics and melody are usually secondary to us — not in importance but to how the (music) gets made.

“We have endless amounts of beats. It all starts with a drum beat, or somebody buys a weird little toy that we sample and loop. We go down to the basement and just build stuff up like that, then sit down and try to fit it into more of a traditional structure.

“It’s a little backwards, but it works for us.”

The process did get Innerpartysystem a major-label deal and a well-received debut album in 2008. But since then the group has signed with a new company, Red Bull Records, and Piccone feels the new EP “Never Be Content” — which debuted on the iTunes electronic chart in February and precedes a second full-length album expected later this year — is more representative of the group’s sound.

“This is more what our last record would’ve sounded like if we’d not gotten signed after five shows and had a little more time to develop,” he says. “The end product people heard the last time was a little misconstrued. We had to do it really fast. But I feel like this is where the band was developing to, anyway.

“We’re all fans of dance music, electronic music. That’s what we set out to do. But now we’re also coming into our own as songwriters and putting the two together. We still want to write songs, good songs, but we want them to have really unique tones and flavors, too. That’s really how we want to make music.”

Innerpartysystem performs today, March 4, at the Pike Room in The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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