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The Rapture Grows On New Album

Of the Oakland Press

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It’s been three years since the Rapture released its debut album, and singer-guitarist Luke Jenner says much had changed by the time the group started recording its sophomore effort, “Pieces of the People We Love.”

“The last record (‘Echoes’) was coming from a point of view of trying to be mean to each other and rip everything down,” says Jenner, 31, who co-founded the Rapture in 1998 with drummer Vito Roccoforte. “We’d start with an idea and immediately someone would attack it — ‘I don’t like your bass part,’ or, ‘The drums suck ...’

“This time, we let everything be and kept writing songs. We wrote maybe 40 songs. We knew we weren’t going to put anything on the record unless we liked it, but we just kept writing and writing, as an exercise. It was a lot friendlier.”

The approach also impacted the group’s sound on “Pieces ...” There are still plenty of cluboriented dance tracks, but there’s a greater infusion of other styles, too, and Jenner says he and his bandmates felt more comfortable this time in trying those new directions — without fear of being criticized by each other.

“The infl uences have changed on this record,” he notes. “We got a lot more into the history of pop music and stuff like that. I think all the people in the band can claim to be a fan of Michael McDonald, for example; that’s something I think that, on the last record, we would’ve liked but been afraid to make music like that.”

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