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New Pornographers hit the road with first new album in four years

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Friday, September 5, 2014

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The New Pornographers have a batch of live shows ahead of them to promote the sextet's new album, "Brill Bruisers."

But after taking four years between albums, group leader Carl "A.C." Newman says what he'd most like to do is get back into the studio.

"It's fun to go and play gigs, but I'm really excited about wanting to work on another record," says Newman, 46, who co-founded the group during 1999 in Vancouver."Working on this record was a positive experience, and this is what I do. My life's work is to make music, so I just want to make more music because it feels like that's me being the best version of myself."

Newman says there are new song ideas around, both left over from the "Brill Bruisers" sessions and also developed since the album was finished. "They're never quite finished when we go into the studio or because they take on a whole new life when you start recording them," he explains. "So I've got a bunch of new songs I want to start recording, because I'm really intrigued to find out where they'll go. Sometimes they go in amazing directions and sometimes they don't, but I'd like to get started. We'll see if I can convince anybody else to do that."

Even if it takes awhile, however, Newman and company -- including singer Neko Case and Dan Bejar of the band Destroyer -- are happy to spend time with the "Brill Bruisers" songs. the group began the album at Newman's current home in Woodstock, N.Y., and continued at bassist John Collins' studio in Vancouver. The goal, according to Newman, was "to make a big, cool record," and the group wound up with one that certainly rocks harder than its last couple of releases.

"I think one of the reasons I feel so good about this record is because I feel I can point to it and say, 'What did we want to do? We wanted to do that,' whereas other record I feel were attempts to get somewhere that we didn't," Newman explains. "I know that doesn't really matter to anyone else; nobody who's listening knows the chasm between what I wanted to do and what we actually did. They just hear what I did.

"But I felt they were incomplete, and this time I feel like we made the record I had in mind from the beginning, which is nice."

The New Pornographers and others

Saturday, Sept. 6. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $28

Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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