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Toronto's Constantines Find Place For Mellow In Shows

Of the Oakland Press

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Constantines frontman Bryan Webb’s contention that he’s pleased his band’s latest album, “Kensington Heights,” “sounds like a band’s fourth record” is not merely a glib sentiment.

“It really feels like a band that’s been around for 10 years,” Webb, 31, explains. “I like the songs that we write together now. I feel like we have our own way of communicating and everything. (The album’s) got those relationships in the way the songs are played.”

“Kensington Heights” also is the Toronto quintet’s most diverse outing yet, combining the brash, punky feel of its first two albums with the more experimental flavor of 2005’s “Tournament of Hearts.” Constantines also have expanded the group’s live repertoire as well, working some of the mellower material in with the harder portion of its catalog.

“I haven’t heard any complaints,” Webb notes. “It’s always harder to work in the mellower stuff; a lot of it we could never figure out how to get in the live set. Now, we’re a bit more confident about it, and can put little breathing points in the set.

“That’s nice. When I go to see a band play — even if it’s a crazy kind of bombastic rock band — I like hearing differ- ent types of songs and different ideas happening on stage. So I’m happy for us to do that, too.”

Constantines and Obits perform Sunday (Dec. 14) at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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