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Crossfade Wants To Prove Rookie Success Wasn't Fluke

Of the Oakland Press

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Having a platinum debut album and a career-making hit (“Cold”) proved a bit more exhausting than the members of Crossfade realized.

“When we came off the road, we had a plan to have two weeks of R&R and then get started on the (next) record,” says singer-guitarist Ed Sloan. “Somehow that two weeks turned into three months. Then one day, we all talked and said, ‘Man, we better get started on this thing!’

“We had basically 2 /2 months to write and record and fi nish the album. That was kind of stressful, spending days and nights in the studio, spending all night there sometimes for three-day hauls, cranking out the tunes.” But Sloan and his bandmates — bassist Mitch James and drummer James Branham — are nonetheless pleased with their sophomore album, “Falling Away,” which has sold about 74,000 copies since its late-August release. Sloan, in fact, is particularly happy that the rushed recording process allowed his compatriots to contribute more to the album than they did to 2004’s “Crossfade.”

“The last album was pretty much done by me,” says Sloan, 33. “This one is a lot more of a collaborative project between me and Mitch and James, all three members. Mitch is singing a lot more; he’s got a big presence on this album, which wasn’t the case at all last time.

“I think we were a little more open, a kind of no-holds-barred approach. We set out to make a real emotional album, kind of an epic album as far as the songs and the way they flow.”

Crossfade performs with Buckcherry and Ashes of Soma at 7 p.m. Friday (October 27th) at the State Theatre, 2150 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $21.01. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit

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