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Interview:
Flint Area's Chiodos Making Noise On National Scale
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Chiodos called its 2005 national debut album “All’s Well That Ends Well.” Two years later, all is well indeed — and there’s no end in sight.

Dubbed by the music press as a band to watch after “All’s Well ...” sold more than 170,000 copies and made the group a Vans Warped Tour favorite, the hardrocking Davison sextet delivered “Bone Palace Ballet,” a diverse and experimental release that debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart when it came out in September.

“This album is a reflection of the six people in the band, and what we’ve been through the last few years,” explains keyboardist Bradley Bell. “We were really looking to express ourselves the way we wanted to.

“We think that we grew as musicians over the past few years and definitely opened our minds a lot. We didn’t want to sit on one category of music. We wanted each song to be a different representation of different parts of our lives.”

The risk, of course, is taking something that worked the first time and disappointing those who bought in by changing it. Chiodos does take a few left turns during “Bone Palace Ballet’s” 39 minutes, adding string sections and even taking on a ballad in “A Letter From Janelle.” But Bell, 24, contends that confounding expectations will benefit Chiodos — which recently shot a video for the track “Lexington (Joey Pea-Pot With a Monkey Face)” — in the long run.

“People are afraid of their favorite bands selling out, writing songs for the mainstream or something,” he says. “We weren’t trying to create radio singles or anything or do what somebody told us to do. We have music we want to hear, and (‘Bone Palace Ballet’) is what came out of it.

“We definitely got a few comments when (the album) came out that it wasn’t as heavy as our old stuff. But when you listen to it, there are parts that are more brutal than anything on our last album. You can’t please everybody, I guess; I just hope fans appreciate what we’re doing.”



Chiodos, Emery, Scary Kids Scaring Kids and the Devil Wears Prada perform at 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 30) at Clutch Cargos, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Tickets are $16. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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