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Dredg Has New Label, New Life

Of the Oakland Press

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A record company change and “some personal things” account for the fouryear gap between albums for California rockers Dredg. But with the “The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion” coming June 9, frontman Gavin Hayes says that the group wasn’t simply cooling its heels in the interim.

“I’m glad we took the time,” says Hayes, 32, who co-founded the Los Gatos quartet in 1993. “We definitely wanted to get it out quicker, but we wanted it to be the record we wanted it to be. We worked on it up until about a monthand-a- half ago; it became like, ‘What’s an extra couple of months in the whole scheme of things?’ — especially to get it right.”

Dredg did do some touring between albums to introduce the new songs, and the group members took on some of their own projects as well. Hayes hooked up with former Queensryche guitarist Chris Degarmo to score the 2006 film “Expiration Date” and also collaborated with hip-hop producer Dan the Automator. Guitarist Mark Engles and drummer-keyboardist Dino Campanella also scored films, while bassist Drew Roulette designed album covers for other bands.

Hayes points out that the new Dredg song “Information” came about from his work with Degarmo but says most of the influence from the outside projects is more subtle.

“The more creative things you’re doing, it only helps,” he explains. “When you get into a whole different world, like working with Dan the Automator, it only inspires you, even if it’s just subconsciously. We’re a very eclectic band; we bring all of our different influences into one song, and the more experiences you have, the more you bring into the mix, I think.”

Dredg, Torche and From Monument to Masses perform Monday (April 13_ at the Eagle Theater, 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

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