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Ours Comes Back With Renewed Purpose

Of the Oakland Press

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The rock band Ours hasn’t had an album out for six years. The absence made some fans’ hearts grow fonder — but unfortunately not enough of them showed up earlier this year, when Ours began promoting “Mercy (Dancing For the Death of an Imaginary Enemy)” by opening for Marilyn Manson and his somewhat inhospitable following.

“Manson was cool, but his fans were just filled with hate,” says Ours founder and frontman Jimmy Gnecco. “After the first show in Orlando (Fla.) for 3,500 and people throwing coins at us right out of the gate, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, so it was either quit right then and there or go through two months of hazing.

“But I don’t like bullies. I’ve always stood up to them no matter how big they are. If you get in our face, we’ll fight, so let’s go. I wasn’t intimidated; it was more annoying than anything else, just ’cause we couldn’t play.”

Fortunately, Ours had better luck subsequently opening for Filter and headlining its own shows. Thanks to that, Gnecco is feeling better about having brought the band back to active duty after an unintended hiatus that included changing record companies and reconstituting the band’s lineup.

“We just pulled back and had to find a reason to continue,” Gnecco, 34, explains. “There were a few years of rebuilding both the band and myself. I had some close friends pass away, which kind of made me feel there had to be real meaning in what we were doing or we shouldn’t be doing this. It couldn’t just be for the ‘machine’ or for any financial reward.

“So there was a process of making sure what we were doing felt good first and foremost to ourselves. Only after we came to terms with that were we able to move on.”

Ours, Neverending White Lights and God Or Julie perform at 8 p.m. Sunday (June 8) at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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