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Submarines Enjoy Life, Music Together

Of the Oakland Press

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The primary difference between the Submarines’ two albums is that the East Los Angeles duo sailed together on its latest, “Honeysuckle Weeks.”

Musical and romantic partners Blake Hazard and John Dragonetti wrote the songs for their first album, 2006’s “Declare a New State!,” while they were temporarily broken up, although they came back together in time to record them.

This time, however, Hazard and Dragonetti worked in tandem from the get-go.

“It was much more collaborative,” reports Hazard. “We wrote songs together, or some songs John just gave me (instrumental) tracks and I composed lyrics and melodies over those.

“There was just a lot more kind of back and forth in the whole process, which was good. It definitely feels more like a band record, where (‘Declare ...’) was more like a couple’s record, very focused on our relationship.”

The more serious and somber tone of “Declare ...,” however, had a significant influence on where the Submarines wanted to take “Honeysuckle Weeks.”

“I think we knew we wanted to make an album that was fun,” Hazard explains. “After touring behind (‘Declare ...’) for a year and a half, we really felt ready to just have a good time. It got to the point where I felt I couldn’t even listen to sad music anymore, much less sing it.

“When you’re playing, night after night, these songs about the most heartwrenching time in your life, it’s really taxing. It’s very emotional. I’m glad we lightened it up this time.”

The Submarines, Headlights and Champions of Breakfast perform Friday (May 23) in the Pike Room at the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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