California hard rock band Saosin was definitely “In Search of Solid Ground” for its 2009 sophomore album.
The group’s initial goal, according to bassist Chris Sorenson, was “to be more involved as a band, to be more hands-on than we were on the first record,” 2006’s self-titled debut. But ultimately, he says, Saosin found it “had to hire somebody else.”
That turned out to be more than one somebody. Saosin wound up working on the album with a number of producers that included proven hitmakers such as Howard Benson and Butch Walker, among others. But even that, Sorenson says, “didn’t necessarily work out as well to where we wanted to get it. So we ended up doing half the record completely ourselves.”
All’s well that ended well — relatively. “In Search of Solid Ground” debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 chart in September and was the No. 11 digital album in the country. It spawned some radio singles — “Is This Real,” “On My Own,” “Changing” and “Move Slow” from the “NCIS” soundtrack — but mostly, Sorenson feels, it gave the group some much-needed confidence in its creative abilities.
“One of the biggest things we learned was that we, as a band, are capable of capturing the sound that we want best,” Sorenson, 27, explains. “At the end of the day, if you say, ‘OK, what do you want the record to sound like?’ and all of the details of that, I think we are the best people to do that.
“It just goes back to the idea that, ‘The best way to get the record to sound the way we want is to do it ourselves.’ But that’s something we had to learn.”
Saosin and Maylene & the Sons of Disaster perform Saturday (Feb. 27) at the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $16. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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