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Twilight Singers' leader confident about new sound

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011

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Greg Dulli knows that “Dynamite Steps,” the Twilight Singers’ fifth album and first in five years, is markedly different from its predecessors — denser and, in Dulli’s words, “trippy.” But so far he feels like nobody’s felt alienated by the new approach.

“I stay out of the Internety stuff where people are yapping about it,” says Dulli, 45, the Ohio-born former Afghan Whigs leader who founded the Twilight Singers in 2000. “I just know that I’ve played nine of the 11 songs live, and people love it. The reaction has been really good. I’d be able to tell if one wasn’t working, and I have not experienced it yet.

“I’ve always been pretty lucky with people who like my music. They tend to be open-minded, and if they don’t get it at first they’ll listen a second time. So I don’t really worry. I just make the music.”

With Twilight Singers as his primary musical voice — though he and Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan also work together as the Gutter Twins — Dulli says he feels an even greater license to take the band in whatever direction he’d like.

“When we started, it was sort of a reaction to the music I made with Afghan Whigs,” explains Dulli, whose guests on “Powder Burns” include Lanegan, Joseph Arthur, Ani DiFranco, Petra Haden and the Verve’s Nick McCabe. “Now I just make what I want to make and I don’t really worry about, ‘Oh, it has to sound like this’ or ‘It has to sound like that to be the Twilight Singers.”

“I’m so open to every experience now that I just let my instincts guide me. They’ve guided me pretty well over my 45 years on the planet, so I may as well trust ’em now.”

The Twilight Singers and Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s perform Sunday, May 15, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18. Call 313-961-5358 or visit www.livenation.com.

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