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Interview:
Presidents Fall Into Electoral Cycle For Albums
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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The Presidents of the United States of America have unwittingly fallen into an all-too-appropriate release schedule.

The Seattle trio’s last three albums, including this year’s “These Are the Good Times People” have all been released during presidential election years. But drummer Jason Finn says that’s not by design.

“No one believes this, but I didn’t realize that until it was pointed out to me by a journalist, right around when the (new) record was coming out,” Finn, 40, notes. “I was like, ‘Aw, crap, they’re right.’

“Does that mean we’re locked in? Probably. But as usual we didn’t plan it. We’re simply not that good at planning. But if it makes people talk about it more, we’ll take it.”

“... Good Times People” features the recording debut of guitarist Andrew McKeag, a veteran of several other Seattle-area bands who replaces original member Dave Dederer. Finn credits McKeag with bringing a harder edge to the PUSA sound.

“He’s a much more sort of classically rocking guitarist,” Finn says, “so it’s a little louder and a little meaner, which is nice for me and Chris (Belew, PUSA’s frontman). We couldn’t stop grinning for months when we started playing with Andrew.

“But for as kick-ass as Andrew is, he thank the Lord has some control of his dynamics, ‘cause Chris and I get very small (sounding) sometimes, and he’s able to handle that, too.”



The Presidents of the United States of America and Ludo perform Sunday (May 11) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 933-8200 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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