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Interview:
Life Changes Don't Phase Seven Mary Three
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Much has changed for the four members of Seven Mary Three since 1996, when the group’s single “Cumbersome” topped Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

“I’m older and I have a family and I have responsibilities,” notes frontman Jason Ross, who co-produced the North Carolina-based group’s latest album, “day&nightdriving.” “I have other things that are important to me that I’ve never given any time or thought to before.

“The road, I think, has largely been our home for so long that there’s a part of me that — until I had a family — didn’t feel like I was ever going to need one place to go back to. That’s all changed for me. Now when I’m on the road, there’s definitely something missing that was never missing before. “I think we all understand we have roots now, and it costs a lot to leave them behind.” Ross promises that “I’m not saying I’m going to stop writing songs or anything,” but he says the more settled and rooted lives that he and his bandmates now enjoy led to a certain evaluation before Seven Mary Three set out to make “Day&Nightdriving” at all.

“We really had to sit down and decide whether we wanted to keep pushing forward or was it time to hang it up?” notes Ross, 35, who also operates a media company and splits time between New York and Chapel Hill, N.C.

“The conclusion was that we had these songs stacked up, we put 15 years into this (band), so whether this is the Seven Mary Three swan song or the beginning of act two, we wanted to make this record, and I feel really satisfied with it. It’s really reminiscent of when we first started out and didn’t know anything about the record industry; we just wrote some songs we liked and put ’em on a record.”



Seven Mary Three performs Saturday (May 31) at New York New York, 33151 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Visit www.myspace.com/cbnewyorknewyork.

Web Site: www.myspace.com/cbnewyorknewyork

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